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Managing the lifecycle of WooCommerce block templates

A block template is a tree structure of blocks that define the product editor’s form structure.

A template can be modified by using the block template API to add new blocks (groups, sections, and fields) as well as remove existing ones.

A template is implemented in PHP and sent to the client. The client then renders the template using React.

The lifecycle of a template is as follows:


A template class can be registered with the Automattic\WooCommerce\LayoutTemplates\LayoutTemplateRegistry. All template classes must implement the Automattic\WooCommerce\Admin\BlockTemplates\BlockTemplateInterface interface.

Registration is required in order for the template to be available to be sent to the client (via the /wc/v3/layout-templates REST API endpoint).

The default templates are registered in the rest_api_init action hook, priority 10.

Blocks can be added or removed from a template before or after it is registered, but the template cannot be modified after it is sent to the client.

In order for the template to be sent to the client, it should be registered in or before the rest_request_before_callbacks filter hook. They can be registered in the rest_api_init hook.


Templates are instantiated by the handler for the /wcv3/layout-templates REST API endpoint.

Block addition and removal

After a template instance is created, blocks can be added to or removed from a template using the add_block() and remove_block() methods, or similar methods that are specific to the type of block being added or removed, such as add_section() and remove_section().

See the Automattic\WooCommerce\Admin\BlockTemplates documentation for more information about these methods.

You can modify template instances in a hook for the following action:

  • woocommerce_layout_template_after_instantiation


The following actions are fired when blocks are added to or removed from a template, to support extensibility:

  • woocommerce_product_editor_block_template_{template_name}_after_add_block_{block_id}
  • woocommerce_product_editor_block_template_after_add_block
  • woocommerce_product_editor_block_template_{template_name}_after_remove_block_{block_id}
  • woocommerce_product_editor_block_template_after_remove_block

In order for your action hooks to be called for all block additions and removals for a template, you should call add_action() for each of these hooks before the template is instantiated, in or before an rest_api_init action hook, priority 9 or lower. If your hooks are not being called, verify that you are hooking them up in an action that is called when REST API endpoints are called.

See the Automattic\WooCommerce\Admin\BlockTemplates documentation for more information about these hooks.

Sent to client

A template is sent to the client in the handler for the /wcv3/layout-templates REST API endpoint, after the rest_request_before_callbacks filter hook.

Any template modification after this point will not be sent to the client.

Rendered on client

When the template is rendered on the client, all blocks in the template have their hideConditions and disableConditions evaluated to determine whether they should be rendered or not.

Last updated: May 06, 2024