Moodle Mobile 1 Themes

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Moodle 2.4


The Mobile app can retrieve your custom styles from your Moodle site. Since is an HTML5 app, you can apply safely CSS3 styles.

In your Moodle installation go to Plugins / Web services / Mobile and enter in the mobilecssurl field a valid URL pointing to a CSS file containing your custom styles (theme).

The CSS should be placed inside your Moodle installation (in your custom theme or inside a local plugin)

Once the user is logged in the app, there is a periodical process that retrieves your remote CSS files for applying your custom styles into the app.

Notice that on the first time a user opens the app, he will see the default "orange" style. Your custom styles will be applied once the user has added a site in the app.

Notice also that styles comes from a site, there is no way for changing the Add site / Manage account styles.

Elements and properties that can be styled

The images below show the elements and properties that can be styled.

styleable elements.png

The page title that is visible only on mobile at the moment.

styleable elements mobile.png

How to modify the app icons

There are several ways for modifying the app icons

All the parent elements of img tags containing app icons has a "app-ico" class applied, so it's very easy to modify icons using styles

Use CSS filters

.app-ico img {
 -webkit-filter: invert(100%); 
}

This will make all the icons black

More information about filters: http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/filters/understanding-css/

Replace images using CSS

img[src*="notifications/icon.png"] {
    content: url(dataURI);
}

Notice that for allowing the app works offline, images hosted in remotes servers should not be referenced. Instead, data URIs should be used. Note also that this makes the CSS file bigger.

More information about data URIs http://css-tricks.com/data-uris/

Testing

You can use the Moodle Mobile simulator for testing your CSS file, it includes an option for simulating the Mobile CSS URL Moodle feature.

Also, you can use Safari or Google Chrome developer tools for debugging and changing the CSS styles in live:

https://developer.chrome.com/devtools/docs/remote-debugging

http://phonegap-tips.com/articles/debugging-ios-phonegap-apps-with-safaris-web-inspector.html


Example of a custom theme (CSS file)

Notice that the data URI for the image is shorten, you can view the complete example here: https://gist.githubusercontent.com/jleyva/0821122c3461925b45a7/raw/425821513072daf7ce5a16874f3ea21ffe92325e/moodlemobile-sample_theme.css

body {
  color: #666666;				/*default*/
  background: #4bcaff;
}
a {
  color: #0088cc;				/*default*/
}
h1 {
  color: #4bcaff;
}
h2 {
  color: #ffffff;
  text-shadow: 0px 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2);	/*default*/
  background-color: #7a8a94;
}
.nav .nav-item a {
  color: #666666;				/*default*/
}
#manage-accounts .account-details {
  color: #666666;				/*default*/
}
.header-wrapper {
  box-shadow: 10px 0 20px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.3);	/*default*/
}
.header-main {
  color: #4b565d;
  background: #4bcaff;
}
#page-title {
  text-shadow: none;
}
#panel-right,
#panel-center {
  background: #ffffff;				/*default*/
}
.user-menu {
  background: #4bcaff;
}
.user-menu header {
  background: #4b565d url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAU***);
  border-bottom: 5px solid #ffffff;
  box-shadow: 10px 0 20px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.3);
}
.user-menu header h1 {
  color: #ffffff;				/*default*/
  text-shadow: 0px 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2);	/*default*/
}
.user-menu h2 {
  color: #4b565d;
  text-shadow: 0px 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2);	/*default*/
  background: #ffffff;
  box-shadow: none;
}
.user-menu .nav-item > a {
  color: #4b565d;
  text-shadow: 0px 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2);	/*default*/
}
.user-menu .nav-item .plugin-ico,
.user-menu .nav-item .course-ico {
  background-color: #4b565d;
}
.grades .section-name {
  color: #ffffff;
  text-shadow: 0px 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2);	/*default*/
  background-color: #7a8a94;
  border-bottom: 1px solid #ffffff;		/*default*/
}

See also

http://caniuse.com/ Support tables for CSS3 styles (including Mobile browsers)