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osCommerce by default only has one theme available. Before you can Change the theme in osCommerce you will need the Theme Switcher module. To switch themes, there is quite a few steps. You will need the Theme Switcher module so the themes can be changed within the osCommerce Administrative Dashboard. First the Theme switcher module needs to be installed, then the jQuery needs to be fixed, and lastly a theme can be uploaded. This article will explain how to install the Theme Switcher module.

Before you can install the module, you will need to Download the plugin at the following link:

Theme Switcher

Once you have the theme switcher files, you can install the module. Follow the steps below to install the Theme Switcher module in osCommerce.

Steps to install the Theme Switcher module

  1. Login into your cPanel.
  2. Go to the File Manager Select the directory for your osCommerce installation and click Go.
  3. Extract the .zip file with the Theme Switcher files in it and upload the following files to each specified location.


    Find the following file in the \catalog\includes\languages\english\modules/header_tags folder of the .zip file:


    Upload the ht_theme_switcher.php file to the following directory on your server:



    Find the following file in the \catalog\includes directory of the .zip file:


    Upload the file to the following directory on your server:



    Find the following file in the \catalog\includes\modules\header_tags directory of the .zip file:


    Upload the file to the following directory on your server:


  4. Select teh Header Tags osCommerce 2.3.3Log into your osCommerce administrative Dashboard.

    Navigate to Modules > Header Tags on the left navigation menu.

  5. Install teh theme switcher module osCommerce 2.3.3Click the Install Module button at the top right.
  6. Click the module osCommerce 2.3.3Click the Theme Switcher title in the Modules list.

    Click Install Module.

  7. Installed switcher osCommerce 2.3.3The Module will install with red errors like the snapshot to the right.

    Don't worry about this now. The next tutorial will explain how to update your jQuery files to the newest version.

    View of interface osCommerce 2.3.3Click the Edit button towards the top. You will see the theme switcher interface. Now we need to fix the version of jQuery and upload a new theme.

Continued Education in Course 201: Changing your osCommerce appearance
You are viewing Section 1: Installing the osCommerce Theme Switcher
Section 2: Fixing the jQuery version in osCommerce

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n/a Points
2014-04-26 8:52 am

Right - so I've done all of the above - fix the Jquery - how exactly?


19,934 Points
2014-04-28 8:46 am
Hello Mike,

Thank you for your comment. I have updated the article and fixed the missing link, here is a link to the guide on fixing the jquery version in osCommerce.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

n/a Points
2014-12-11 8:01 am

Well, I've followed the instructions, but the header tag theme switcher won't show up?


19,934 Points
2014-12-11 11:01 am
Hello Gentiana,

Thank you for your question. We are happy to help, but will need some additional information.

Have you tried clearing your browser cache yet?

What version of OsCommerce are you running?

Can you provide a link to the website?

Thank you,
n/a Points
2015-02-21 5:46 am

Dear John,

I too face the same issues as Gentiana. The theme switcher doesnt show in the header tags.

I tried browser clearing as mentioned, but it didnt help.

OSCommerce version - v2.3.4.

My website is under development by the way.

31,565 Points
2015-02-23 11:53 am
Hello Prem,

What is the current version of osCommerce you are using? Are you receiving any error messages when following the instructions? Were you able to seemingly complete the instructions above?

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-02-24 12:52 am

Dear John,

Much Thanks for the reply. As I said earlier, I use OSCommerce version - v2.3.4. I tried the above listed steps, all from scratch thrice, however the problem persisted without the theme_switcher not showing up at all in the header tags. But, in my last attempt, the module showed, but when I tried installation, I got the following error.

"Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class ht_theme_switcher in /home/u196887925/public_html/cart/includes/modules/header_tags/ht_theme_switcher.php on line 14"

Still, the theme switcher doesnt show up.

Any help from your side will be greatly appreciated.


Much thanks again.

19,934 Points
2015-02-26 7:54 pm
Hello Prem,

Thank you for contacting us. I spent a long time with this on a clean installation of "v2.3.4" and am unable to replicate your error. Make sure you are following the steps exactly, as far as folder locations. Step 7 was not even required in my test.

If you are still having problems, this leads me to believe that an addon, or change that was made after initial installation is causing the problem. You may want to try disabling any modules or 3rd party addons, and testing again.

Turning on error reporting in PHP may help get a more detailed clue into what is happening.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2015-02-27 8:11 am


Appreciate your efforts. Thanks so much. I will try as you had suggested and see how it goes. 


Thanks again.

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