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How to detect when a post is done saving in WordPress Gutenberg?

by Siddharth Thevaril

Gutenberg, with all its awesomeness, provides a bunch of selector functions that returns value indicating various states in the Gutenberg’s editorial process. But often times, we need to perform a task – such as calling a function after the post has finished saving.

Under the core/editor data store, it provides 2 selector methods – isSavingPost() and isAutosavingPost() which indicates when a post has begun saving or autosaving, but it does not indicate when the post has finished saving/updating/publishing ….or whatever you would like to call it.

So, how can we implement something awesome that will help us perform tasks after a post save?

For a thorough understanding, add this simple snippet in your functions.php file:

add_action( 'save_post', function() {
    sleep( 5 );
} );Code language: JavaScript (javascript)
The above snippet – simulating a lengthy server-side process that takes a lot of time to save the post.

This snippet simulates some “long server-side process” and will help us confirm that our implementation actually works!

My initial plan was to share the code, but I think it would be a good idea to just create a hook that can be reused every time.

So… the hook

The name of our hook will be useAfterSave()

import { useBlockProps } from '@wordpress/block-editor';
import { useRef, useState, useEffect } from '@wordpress/element';
import { useSelect } from '@wordpress/data';

 * Returns `true` if the post is done saving, `false` otherwise.
 * @returns {Boolean}
const useAfterSave = () => {
    const [ isPostSaved, setIsPostSaved ] = useState( false );
    const isPostSavingInProgress = useRef( false );
    const { isSavingPost, isAutosavingPost } = useSelect( ( __select ) => {
        return {
            isSavingPost: __select( 'core/editor' ).isSavingPost(),
            isAutosavingPost: __select( 'core/editor' ).isAutosavingPost(),
    } );

    useEffect( () => {
        if ( ( isSavingPost || isAutosavingPost ) && ! isPostSavingInProgress.current ) {
            setIsPostSaved( false );
            isPostSavingInProgress.current = true;
        if ( ! ( isSavingPost || isAutosavingPost ) && isPostSavingInProgress.current ) {
            // Code to run after post is done saving.
            setIsPostSaved( true );
            isPostSavingInProgress.current = false;
    }, [ isSavingPost, isAutosavingPost ] );

    return isPostSaved;

 * The edit function of an example block.
 * @return {WPElement} Element to render.
export default function Edit() {
    const isAfterSave = useAfterSave();

    useEffect( () => {
        if ( isAfterSave ) {
            // Add your code here that must run after the post is saved.
            console.log( '...done saving...' )
    }, [ isAfterSave ] );

    return (
        <p { ...useBlockProps() }>
            { __( 'Todo List – hello from the editor!', 'todo-list' ) }
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

Our hook in action

useAfterSave() hook used to log message in console after the post is saved.

I did not want to use the subscribe() method from @wordpress/data just due to the number of times it is triggered. I think our implementation solves that problem!

Hope this helps!

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