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By now, you should have found a theme to use on your OpenCart site. If you have not yet found a theme, please read our article on finding an OpenCart Theme. Once you have downloaded the theme, you can begin to install it.

Not all themes can be installed using the same steps. This is the most common method of installing a new theme. However, most themes have a read_me.txt or install.txt file with installation instructions in it. Please read your themes installation instructions before attempting to install a new theme.

How to Install an OpenCart Theme

  1. Make sure you have downloaded the Zip file containing the theme to your local computer.
  2. Extract the theme.
  3. Login to your OpenCart website using FTP. Please read our article if you need help using FTP.
  4. Upload the catalog and images folders to the root of your OpenCart installation.
  5. Once the upload is finished, log into your OpenCart Dashboard and go to System > Settings
  6. Choose your website from the list, check the box next to it, and select “Edit
  7. Go to the Store Tab and choose the template you just uploaded from the drop down menu under the template section.
  8. Click Save.
  9. opencart_theme_2

Congratulations! You have successfully changed the theme of your OpenCart shopping cart.

If you need further assistance please feel free to contact support department.

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2015-01-09 3:03 am

i have download opencart and theme  and both are same version .

in theme the folder name admin and catalog all file copy in the same way of the opencart . when i am going to login in the admin panel and inter username and password but admin panel is not open.



25,902 Points
2015-01-12 3:10 pm
Hello Deepak,

I am not quite sure what you are asking. Are you having problems logging into the admin of your OpenCart? Have you tried the password recovery?

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
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2015-04-05 7:29 pm

Hey Dipak open kart is bit boring so leave it dear

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2015-01-16 5:19 am

how to change theme in OpenCart

23,977 Points
2015-01-16 12:46 pm
Hello Ashish,

Thanks for the question about changing the theme in OpenCart. The method is the same in OpenCart 1.5x or 2.x versions. Login to the Administrator Dashboard>Click on System>Settings>Store, then scroll down and select a theme that you have installed. You can find a theme through OpenCart and then use this article to install the theme if you have not done so before.

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

Arnel C.
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2015-01-22 7:25 am

i have change the theme but destroy structure of theme .....the theme is mystor

23,977 Points
2015-01-22 10:36 am
Hello Prabhu,

Sorry for the problems with the theme. We're not quite sure what you mean. Were you able to successfully load the theme? Did you have any errors? If you can provide us more information on the issue we can try to help. We would need know the exact name of the theme, if it was purchased, the version of OpenCart, and any steps to reproduce the problem. A URL for the website would also help if you don't us looking at the website. Please provide us this information if you require further assistance.

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.
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2015-02-19 2:18 am


I've successfully installed opencart and uploaded a theme I bought to it (pav_fashion). The theme appears in my settings and I am given the option to select it but, whenever I take a look, only the default theme remains. Someone on tech support told me that, when looking up other links, an error appears (fatal error, etc etc, and then referring to a line of code in a sub folder).I checked my opencart database and the new theme is there. I've cleared my browser cache and I've even deleted all theme files and re-uploaded them. What should my next move be? I'm set to launch in 10 days and am more than a little nervous abou this.Cheers,


15,472 Points
2015-02-19 1:19 pm
Hello Rosemary,

Thank you for your question. Since this is a commercial theme, they should provide some level of support. I was able to find the Support page for the "Pav Fashion" theme here.

Since they coded/created the theme they may be familiar with this issue, or have a workaround.

We are happy to help troubleshoot further, but will need some additional information. What version of OpenCart are you running?

What 3rd party addons/plugins are you using?

Are you able to install other themes?

Have you made any custome changes to the site, or coding?

Thank you,
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2015-02-19 2:08 pm

Thanks for the prompt reply, John-Paul!

I'm using opancart 2.0. This may or may not be an issue... It's been a bit confusing. When I first bought the theme, I was told that running it on would be better but, when I went to the tutorial, on their site, I was told to run 2.0. I haven't added any extensions or plugins at this time. I haven't tried installing another theme but will attempt to do so right now. 

And no. I haven't touched a thing yet.

2,663 Points
2015-02-22 10:19 pm
Hello Rosemary,

Please inform us of your progress when you installed another theme.

Best Regards,
TJ Edens

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