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Checkboxes allow the user to select one or more items from a set.

Selected and unselected checkboxes

Table of contents

  1. Design guidelines
  2. Development guidelines
  3. Related components

Design guidelines


When to use checkboxes

Use checkboxes when you want users to:

  • Select one or multiple items from a list.
  • Open a list containing sub-selections.

Do Use checkboxes when users can select multiple items from a list. They let users select more than one item.

Don’t Don’t use toggles when a list consists of multiple options. Use checkboxes — they take up less space.

Checkboxes can be used to open a list containing sub-selections.

Parent and child checkboxes

Checkboxes can have a parent-child relationship, with secondary options nested under primary options.

When the parent checkbox is checked, all the child checkboxes are checked. When a parent checkbox is unchecked, all the child checkboxes are unchecked.

If only a few child checkboxes are checked, the parent checkbox becomes a mixed checkbox.

Development guidelines


Render an is author checkbox:

import { CheckboxControl } from '@wordpress/components';
import { useState } from '@wordpress/element';

const MyCheckboxControl = () => (
	const [ isChecked, setChecked ] = useState( true );
		label="Is author"
		help="Is the user a author or not?"
		checked={ isChecked }
		onChange={ setChecked }
) );


The set of props accepted by the component will be specified below. Props not included in this set will be applied to the input element.


A heading for the input field, that appears above the checkbox. If the prop is not passed no heading will be rendered.

  • Type: String
  • Required: No


A label for the input field, that appears at the side of the checkbox. The prop will be rendered as content a label element. If no prop is passed an empty label is rendered.

  • Type: String
  • Required: No


If this property is added, a help text will be generated using help property as the content.

  • Type: String|WPElement
  • Required: No


If checked is true the checkbox will be checked. If checked is false the checkbox will be unchecked. If no value is passed the checkbox will be unchecked.

  • Type: Boolean
  • Required: No


A function that receives the checked state (boolean) as input.

  • Type: function
  • Required: Yes

Related components

  • To select one option from a set, and you want to show all the available options at once, use the RadioControl component.
  • To toggle a single setting on or off, use the FormToggle component.
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