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In this tutorial we will show you a quick example of how you can edit a OpenCart template to change the default layout that is used for your OpenCart site.

As an example let's say you have created a gift voucher in OpenCart. By default it's just going to show a link for customers to redeem their gift voucher at the bottom of the page in your site map. If you don't have your categories menu at the top filled all the way up, adding a link to your gift vouchers in this menu might be handy for your customers.

Edit the OpenCart header template

By default when you install OpenCart all of the templates will be located in the following directory:


  1. Open up the File Manager Code Editor in cPanel.
  2. navigate to common template directoryNavigate to the following directory in the File Manager:

  3. Right click on the header.tpl file and select Code Edit.

    If the encoding check pop-up displays, you can simply click Edit

  4. done editing header template click on save changesAround line 93 will be where the menu at at the top of your page completes. You'll want to insert a link to your gift voucher page here. The link you'll want to use should look like this:

    <li><a href="/support/./index.php?route=account/voucher">Gift Voucher</a></li>

    The section of code that you're adding this to is the DIV with the ID menu, the full code once you're done should look like this:

    <div id="menu">
    <?php foreach ($categories as $category) { ?>
    <li><a href="/support/<?php echo $category['href']; ?>"><?php echo $category['name']; ?></a>
    <?php if ($category['children']) { ?>
    <?php for ($i = 0; $i < count($category['children']);) { ?>
    <?php $j = $i + ceil(count($category['children']) / $category['column']); ?>
    <?php for (; $i < $j; $i++) { ?>
    <?php if (isset($category['children'][$i])) { ?>
    <li><a href="/support/<?php echo $category['children'][$i]['href']; ?>"><?php echo $category['children'][$i]['name']; ?></a></li>
    <?php } ?>
    <?php } ?>
    <?php } ?>
    <?php } ?>
    <?php } ?>
    <li><a href="/support/./index.php?route=account/voucher">Gift Voucher</li>

    Once you're done making your modification, click on Save Changes at the top right.

Now you should have a nice visible link to your gift vouchers right in your top menu, instead of tucked away down in the bottom menu. Here is a before and after showing what this change accomplished:

opencart categories header-before

opencart categories header after
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n/a Points
2014-11-24 4:41 am

Hi, am new to Open Cart.

Please help me out the following issues

1.How to integrate facebook,twitter etc to show to my opencart website front page

2.How integrate my country payment processor(interswitch)

3.How to change the default currency to my local currency

4.Is it possible to edit the footer and the header?how do i achieve that.

pls pictorial steps



25,902 Points
2014-11-24 9:53 am
Hello Johnson,

We do not have instructions for all the things you asked for, but I will provide what we can.

1) Integration things such as Facebook, you will need to check for specific modules.

2) We do not have an article for that specific payment processor, but be sure to check our article on payment processors for OpenCart.

3) We have an article on adding new currencies to OpenCart.

4) We do have information on editing the footer. You may want to use our search to find anything specific that you want to modify in the header.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-01-16 8:50 am


I want to change the menu color of the default them. I am using opencart 2.0. Kindly suggest how can I change the mousehover color and menu color.




23,924 Points
2015-01-16 1:13 pm
Hello Aashi,

You normally will not be able to change the colors of the mouse hover or menus in themes without customizing the themes. Check out theLive Color Customizer recently released for OpenCart 2.0. This may meet your needs. If not, then you would need to get the Theme Customizer in order to change the theme without having to wade through the theme's code.

I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-02-14 12:07 pm

hi, I'm devloping a site which uploaded 2 years ago by someone else and now compony wants me to edit check out page, but I cant see it!!How can I modified it? regards.


25,902 Points
2015-02-16 11:53 am
Hello Eli,

The checkout template file is located at atalog/view/theme/default/template/checkout/checkout.tpl

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-03-16 5:14 am

Hello all, I want to edit the default theme in opencart 2.x..... how can i get to the cpanel?

15,445 Points
2015-03-16 9:41 am
Hello Abubakar,

Thank you for your question. Here is a link to our guide on How to Login to cPanel.

We also have a helpful guide on How to Manage Files on your server.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2015-04-08 10:38 pm


I am using Opencart Version Is it possible to hide/show alternatives on a product with a yes/no alternative i.e. I have a product with 2 standard alternatives and if the customer is satisfied with this I don't want to show all extras unless he want to see this. Just to make choice more simple. If possible  - how do I do this?

Thanks in advance


25,902 Points
2015-04-09 8:29 am
Hello Christer,

That is not a standard feature of OpenCart and I am not sure of any extensions that have this feature off the top of my head. You may need to search through the extension library and evaluate the different features to see if one exists.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-04-10 4:39 am

Hi Scott - tnx for info and your swift reply.

I'll try if I can find a possibility to do this and will inform you later if I succeed or not.

All the best

/Christer Allvin

n/a Points
2015-04-11 1:49 am

how can i get all pages code to edit through myself

25,902 Points
2015-04-13 9:40 am
Hello ravi,

I am not quite sure what your question is. Could you give as much detail as possible?

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-05-15 2:45 pm

Hey, I have been searching for a long time now and this is one of the main things letting me go live.

I want to display products directly under the categories menu.

For instance in my Categories I have a sub Category called 'N.Veg', under that I want to directly place my product link.

For now I have to make Categories-N.Veg--Chicken Burger(Subcategory of the same name as the product)-Chicken Burger(The actual product).

Also I want to change the name 'Categories' to Main Menu.

Hope you understand me and can help.

My domain

Any help would be really appreciated.


Thank You

Varun Anand

25,902 Points
2015-05-18 1:09 pm
Hello Varun,

You would need to alter the theme directly to change the name from "Categories" to "Main Menu". You may find this somewhere in the core code of the theme.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-05-19 10:29 am

Thanks for the reply, but Iam still stuck at how to place products directly under the categories menu.

25,902 Points
2015-05-19 1:18 pm
Hello Varun,

I spoke with our design team who work with OpenCart regularly and they advised that a product can be in as little as one category or as many as all categories on your site, but they do have to be in at least one category to display in the menu dropdown.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-05-21 6:57 am

how to change theme in open cart2.0.2.0 or

15,445 Points
2015-05-21 10:50 am
Hello sneha,

Thank you for contacting us today. Here is a link to our walk-through guide on Installing an OpenCart Theme.

The screen shots may be a little different, but the steps are the same.

Thank you,

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