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Standard themes

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Note: Note: Clean, More and Bootstrapbase have been removed from core in Moodle 3.7. You are advised to use the Classic theme instead.

Standard themes

Moodle has two standard themes: Boost and Classic, a responsive, bootstrap-based theme combining the navigation structure of the deprecated Clean and More themes and the customisation options of the Boost theme.

Other themes are available from the Themes section of the Moodle plugins directory.

Example of a customised Boost theme


The Moodle School demo site, Mount Orange,uses standard Boost with customisations as follows:

  • An image for the front page and a background image need to be uploaded and referenced in the code.
  • Front page topic section:




Paragraph of text

<a class="btn btn-primary" href="BUTTON LINK URL">BUTTON TEXT »</a>


Paragraph of text.

<a class="btn btn-primary" href="BUTTON LINK URL">BUTTON TEXT »</a>

*Boost theme Advanced settings - Raw initial SCSS: $brand-primary: #0070a8; $body-color: #336; $font-family-sans-serif: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; $breadcrumb-bg: #fff;

*Boost theme Advanced settings - Raw SCSS: body {

   background-image: url("YOUR UPLOADED BACKGROUND IMAGE.png");
   background-size: cover;
   background-repeat: no-repeat;
   background-attachment: fixed;
   letter-spacing: .3px;

} h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6 {

   color: #f98012;
   font-weight: normal;

} .navbar-brand {

   display: none;


  1. nav-drawer {
   background-color: rgba(236, 238, 239, .9);


  1. page-header.row {
   margin-left: -30px;
   margin-right: -30px;


  1. page-header .card {
   background-color: transparent;
   border: none;
   margin-bottom: 0;


  1. page-header h1 {
   color: #fff;
   font-weight: 500;
   text-shadow: 0px 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2); 


  1. page-header .breadcrumb {
   padding: .50rem 1rem;

} .block-region .card-block .card-title {

   color: #f98012;
   font-size: 1.07rem;
   font-weight: 400;


  1. page-footer a {
   color: #f98012;


  1. page-site-index #page-header {


  1. page-site-index #region-main .card.card-block {
   padding: 0;
   border: 0;
   background-color: transparent;


  1. page-site-index #block-region-side-pre {
   margin-top: 15px;


  1. page-site-index .label {
   padding: 0;


  1. page-site-index .activity > div {
   padding: 0;


  1. page-site-index .mod-indent-outer {
   padding-left: 0;


  1. page-site-index .contentwithoutlink {
   padding-right: 0;

} .frontpage.container-fluid {

   padding: 0;

} .frontpage .jumbotron {

   background: transparent no-repeat right bottom / cover;
   line-height: 250px;

} .frontpage .jumbotron .texts {

   color: #fff;
   letter-spacing: .5px;
   background-color: rgba(255, 99, 0, 0.70);
   padding: 0 20px;
   display: inline-block;
   vertical-align: bottom;

} .frontpage .jumbotron h2 {

   color: #fff;
   font-size: 32px;
   font-weight: 300;
   text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #444;
   margin-bottom: 0;
   margin-top: 10px;

} .frontpage .jumbotron .lead {

   text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #333;
   line-height: 30px;
   font-size: 21px;

} .frontpage .row-fluid {

   line-height: 24px;
   background-color: #fff;
   padding: 10px 20px 20px;
   box-sizing: border-box;

} .frontpage .row-fluid::after {

   display: table;
   content: "";
   clear: both;
   line-height: 0;

} .frontpage .fp-block {

   padding: 10px 20px 0;

} .frontpage h3 {

   font-size: 26px;
   line-height: 30px;
   font-weight: 300;
   margin-top: 20px;
   margin-bottom: 20px;

} .frontpage .button {

   text-align: right;

} .empty-region-side-pre.empty-region-side-post #region-main-box, .empty-region-side-pre.empty-region-side-post #region-main {

 width: 100%;


  1. {
   padding-top: 0!important;


Theme selector

An administrator can set a theme for the site in Administration > Site administration > Appearance > Themes > Theme selector.

Different themes may be set according to 'device type' - default, legacy (for older browsers), mobile and tablet.

Go to Administration > Site administration > Appearance > Themes > Theme selector

  • Click on the "Select theme" button next to the type you wish to change
  • Scroll down to see the previews of the available themes and click on the "Use theme" button to chose the theme
  • The next screen will provide information about the theme. Click "Continue"

Note 1: Moodle caches themes so if you don't immediately see changed settings that you were expecting, click the "Clear theme caches" button at the top of the Theme selector page.

Note 2: The selected theme may be overridden if user/course or category themes have been allowed in the Theme settings.

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