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How to install an OpenCart theme

This article describes how to install a new theme on OpenCart. Themes enable you to customize the look and feel of your e-commerce site.

OpenCart 2.0 and newer versions

To install a new theme on OpenCart 2.0 and newer versions, follow these steps:

  1. Download the theme you want to use. OpenCart theme files are compressed using .zip format.
    To view the themes available for OpenCart, please visit http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=extension/extension&path=1.
  2. Extract the files in the .zip file on your local computer.
  3. Upload the extracted folder and its contents to the public_html directory.
    • If you installed OpenCart in a directory beneath the public_html directory, upload the files to that directory instead.
    • There may be several directories, such as admin, catalog, image, system and more. Make sure you upload all of them to the root directory of your OpenCart installation.
  4. Log in to OpenCart as the administrator.
  5. On the left sidebar, click the OpenCart - Extensions icon icon, and then click Themes.
  6. Locate your store, and then in the Action column, click the Edit (OpenCart - Edit icon) icon.
  7. Under General, in the Theme Directory list box, select the new theme.
  8. In the Status list box, select Enabled.
  9. Click the Save (OpenCart - Save icon) icon. The new theme is now installed and activated.

OpenCart 1.5

To install a new theme on OpenCart 1.5, follow these steps:

  1. Download the theme you want to use. OpenCart theme files are compressed using .zip format.
    To view the themes available for OpenCart, please visit http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=extension/extension&path=1.
  2. Extract the files in the .zip file on your local computer.
  3. Upload the extracted folder and its contents to the public_html directory.
    • If you installed OpenCart in a directory beneath the public_html directory, upload the files to that directory instead.
    • There may be several directories, such as admin, catalog, image, system and more. Make sure you upload all of them to the root directory of your OpenCart installation.
  4. Log in to OpenCart as the administrator.
  5. On the top menu bar, click System, and then click Settings.
  6. Locate your store, and then in the Action column, click Edit.
  7. Click the Store tab.
  8. In the Template list box, select the new theme.
  9. Click Save. The new theme is now installed and activated.

More Information

For more information about OpenCart, please visit https://www.opencart.com.