Post Formats Widget for WordPress

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A list or dropdown of Post Formats. Works much the same as the Categories widget.


Post Formats are a theme feature introduced in WordPress version 3.1. This plugin creates a simple widget that lets you place a list or dropdown of post format archives in your sidebar. It works much the same as the Categories widget. The Post Formats Widget offers the following options: set a custom widget title, set custom tooltip text, display as a list or as a dropdown, show or hide post counts, show or hide post format ID numbers. Here is a screenshot.

Note that there is a %format variable you can use in custom tooltip text to output the format name. Also, the format ID refers to the term_id in the wp_terms table. You would not normally want to display the format IDs to your site visitors, however it may be useful to know the IDs during theme development, since Post Formats are just a specialized case of a custom taxonomy.


  • Upload ambrosite-post-formats-widget.php to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  • Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress.
  • Use the Appearance|Widgets menu to configure the widget and add it to your sidebar.



  • Added ‘current_format_item’ CSS class to the currently selected format (list display).
  • Added ‘selected’ attribute to the currently selected format (dropdown display).
  • Changed dropdown to use permalinks instead of query strings when permalinks are enabled.


  • Initial version.

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