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.


September 24, 2023 1 reply
I tested 8-10 table of contents plugins for keyboard and screen reader accessibility and this plugin was by far the best. There was one issue with the accordion that caused a problem for screen reader users, so I opened a support forum thread and the developer released a fix within a few hours. Wow! This plugin is easy to use, has great HTML markup, and it's refreshing to find a developer who takes accessibility seriously. I'd give it 10 stars if I could. Don't even look for another table of contents plugin.
August 4, 2023 1 reply
using the plugin in the sidebr of a singular block template. works easy, perfect and causes no design issues. besides it does not bother me with anything like "buy the pro if you want that the plugin does what you need"... thank you for this.
April 5, 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.

Contributors & Developers

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


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Change log


  • Added aria-hidden attribute to icon in accordion. Thanks Alex Stine!


  • Added ARIA accessibility labels for the accordion. Thanks Amber Hinds!
  • Fixed: Caching of accordion JavaScript. Thanks jghitchcock!
  • Added correct ARIA controls attribute.


  • Compatibilty with WordPress 6.3