SimpleTOC – Table of Contents Block


Add a Table of Contents block to your posts and pages. The TOC is a nested list of links to all heading found in the post or page. To use it, simply add a block and search for “SimpleTOC” or just “TOC”.

The maximum depth of the toc can be configured in in the blocks’ sidebar among many other options. There can hide the headline “Table of Contents” and add your own by using a normal heading block.

SimpleTOC is open-source and developed on GitHub Pages. If you find a bug or have an idea for a feature please feel free to contribute and create a pull request.

Spin up a new WordPress instance with the SimpleTOC plugin already installed.


  • Designed for Gutenberg.
  • Zero configuration: Add the SimpleTOC block to your post and that’s it.
  • Minimal and valid HTML output.
  • No JavaScript or CSS added. Unless you activate the accordion menu.
  • Style SimpleTOC with Gutenberg’s native group styling options.
  • Inherits the style of your theme.
  • Smooth scrolling effect using CSS.
  • Optional ARIA Label and navigation role attributes.
  • Translated in multiple languages. Including German, Japanese, Chinese (Taiwan), Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Spanish and Latvia.


  • Administrators can utilize global settings to supersede the individual block settings.
  • Add background and text color with Gutenberg groups.
  • Native block support for wide and full width.
  • Control the maximum depth of the headings.
  • Choose between an ordered, bullet HTML list. Or indent the list.
  • Select a heading level or turn it into a paragraph.
  • Disable the h2 heading of the TOC block and add your own.


  • GeneratePress and Rank Math support.
  • Works with popular AMP plugins.


This plugin is forked from pdewouters and uses code from Easy-Table-of-Contents

Many thanks to Tom J Nowell and and Sally CJ who both helped me a lot with my questions over at

Thanks to Quintus Valerius Soranus for inventing the Table of Contents around 100 BC.


  • SimpleTOC block in Gutenberg editor.
  • SimpleTOC in the post.
  • Simple but powerful. Customize each TOC as you like.
  • Control the maximum depth of the headings.
  • SimpleTOC styled with Gutenbergs native group styles.
  • SimpleTOC Advanced Features
  • Gutenberg Heading block: Set a custom anchor
  • SimpleTOC hidden in the accordion menu.
  • SimpleTOC global settings.


This plugin provides 1 block.

  • SimpleTOC Adds a Table of Contents.


SimpleTOC can be found and installed via the Plugin menu within WordPress administration (Plugins -> Add New). Alternatively, it can be downloaded from and installed manually…

In Gutenberg, add a block and search for “SimpleTOC” or just “TOC”. Please save your content before you use the block.


Configuring Global Settings in SimpleTOC

SimpleTOC allows you to configure global settings for your WordPress website. These settings can be enforced globally, overriding any block-level configurations that may exist. To access these settings, navigate to the SimpleTOC section of the WordPress Settings.

How do I add a background color to SimpleTOC using Gutenberg groups?

Select the block and select “group” in the context menu. Apply “background color”, “link color” and “text color” to this group. SimpleTOC will inherit these styles. You would like to use this styled SimpleTOC group next time you write a post? Convert it to a reusable block.

How to exclude a single heading from the TOC?

If you really want to hide a single heading from the table of contents, then add the CSS class “simpletoc-hidden” to a heading block. You can find this field in the same place as the HTML anchor field: In the Block > Advanced sidebar. But first, think about the reason you would like to hide a specific heading. Maybe you would like to remove all headings of a specific depth level. Then there is an option for that in the blocks options in Gutenberg. If you think this heading should not be part of the toc perhaps it is not needed in the post itself?

I would like to save my SimpleTOC settings as default. Is that possible?

You can convert your configured SimpleTOC block into a reusable block in Gutenberg. It will keep its settings. This way, you can use your desired settings for each new post by adding the reusable block.

How to add a div tag wrapper to the TOC?

If you add a custom class to the SimpleTOC block in “Advanced” and then “Additional CSS Class(es)” a div with that class will be wrapped around the HTML output.

How to allow developers to exclude specific headings programmatically?

Use the ‘simpletoc_excluded_blocks’ filter. For example, this code will exclude heading blocks that are inside a column block.


add_filter( 'simpletoc_excluded_blocks', function ( array $blocks ) {
    $blocks[] = 'core/column';

    return $blocks;
} );

How do I change the color of the accordion menu?

The heavy plus character I used can not be colored with css without hacks. But you can change the icon to something else and change the color of the new icon.

.simpletoc-collapsible::after {
    content: "✖";
    color: #e94c89;

How do I add SimpleTOC to all articles automatically?

I don’t see an easy solution at the moment. SimpleTOC is only a block that can be placed in your post. If there was a plugin that adds blocks to every post, then this would be the solution. I think this should be another separate plug-in to keep the code of SimpleTOC clean and … well, simple.


5 красавіка, 2023 1 reply
Creating and maintaining a plugin requires a significant amount of effort and dedication. It is not a task that can be undertaken by everyone, as it requires an individual with a genuine interest and energy to deliver a product that evolves from being good enough to becoming a perfect product. We encountered some challenges while using your plugin, but we were pleased to discover that the issue was addressed before we could even report it. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for your active development efforts, which have resulted in the release of version 6.0.2.
10 сакавіка, 2023 1 reply
This plugin underatted fast, but i have problem with customization align the text.
9 студзеня, 2023
No need for shortcodes. This TOC is conveniently added as a block from within the editor. Various useful block settings can be configured from within the editor. Desirably lightweight.
13 снежня, 2022 1 reply
27 лістапада, 2022
I'm not a code and I can't judge of the real optimization of this plugin but it is simple to use and clean. Much appreciated.
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Contributors & Developers

“SimpleTOC – Table of Contents Block” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Fix: specific min/max values for could result in merged headlines.


  • Fix: “Update failed” with error 500 when Rank Math is installed.


  • Feature: Added SimpleTOC global settings to override individual block configuration.
  • Fix: Better output with well-formed HTML and consistent double quotation marks.
  • Fix: Refactored php code using GPT-4.


  • Feature: Optional div wrapper with role=navigation and ARIA attributes.
  • Fix: Removed deprecated php function ‘utf8_decode’.


  • Feature: Better smooth-scrolling support. Thanks Clarus Dignus!


  • Fix: Prevent direct access to plugin files. Thanks rafaucau!


  • Fix: wp_set_script_translations undefined in older WordPress installations.


  • Fix: Accordion menu CSS alignment.


  • Fix: Identifier ‘i’ has already been declared
  • Fix: SimpleTOC will not nag the user about changed content in the editor anymore. Therefore I removed the corresponding option from the settings.
  • Fix: Minor changes to accordion css.


  • Feature: Option to render SimpleTOC heading as paragraph.
  • Fix: Added margin to the bottom of the accordion menu.


  • Compatibility with WordPress 6.1
  • Feature: Hide SimpleTOC in an accordion menu. Adds minimal JavaScript and css styles if enabled.
  • Feature: Option to change SimpleTOC block heading level.
  • Fix: Accordion menu can now be added multiple times.
  • Fix: Accordion styling in Gutenberg editor.
  • Fix: Minor accordion styling fixes.
  • Fix: Added JavaScript and CSS for the accordion menu by using standard methods.


  • Feature: Spin up a new WordPress instance with the SimpleTOC plugin already installed.
  • Fix: Better handling for simpletoc-hidden class to hide headings. Thank you blronaldhuereca!


  • Feature: Moved list controls to toolbar and rearranged settings to fit block order.
  • Feature: Filter for developers to wrap toc with a div tag. Thank you rafaucau!
  • Fix: Minor localization tweaks.


  • Feature: Filter for developers to exclude specific blocks. See faq for details. Thanks rafaucau!
  • Feature: Easier development with @wordpress/env to start a dev environment. Thanks rafaucau!


  • Feature: Change the TOC headline in the block options. Thank you Philipp Stracker!


  • Feature: Support for custom Anchor IDs in headings. Thank you Matthias Altmann!