Recoil Theme

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Recoil Theme
Type Theme
Maintainer(s) Joseph Conradt


Recoil is a 3 column theme for Moodle 2.4 (More versions soon to come). It mainly features a simplistic feel using drop shadows and gradients. The layout itself contains no images, all effects are done in CSS.


To install the Recoil theme, follow these steps:

  • Extract and upload to your Moodle code in the folder moodle/theme.
  • Log in as an Administrator in your Moodle site, you should be prompted to update the database. (Note that you may have to go to the home page).
  • While still logged in as an Administrator, go to Site administration->Appearance->Themes->Theme selector.
  • Near the Default theme choose Change theme.
  • Scroll down and find Recoil, choose Use theme.

The Recoil theme has the option to add a custom logo.

  • While logged in as an Administrator, go to Site administration->Themes->Recoil
  • Click Save changes


Theme does not show up in the Theme selector

Try going to Site administration->Themes->Theme selector and choose Clear theme caches.

Verify that the "recoil" folder is uploaded to your Moodle code on your server; moodle/theme.

If the theme is still not showing up, verify you have downloaded the correct version. For example, if you're running Moodle 2.4, download the Recoil theme for Moodle 2.4

Theme has some appearance/layout issues

This may be the theme or your Moodle installion. Verify that you have the correct version of the theme.

If you believe it is an issue with the theme, please report the issue at

Custom Styling

If you wish to customize this theme to your liking, all CSS can be found in recoil/style/core.css. Please note that this theme uses the Base theme as its parent.


I welcome any suggestions that you may have for future updates. Please post a comment if you'd like to see something added/modified in the future.