Themes: Adaptable

Maintained by Picture of Jez HJez H, Picture of Manoj SolankiManoj Solanki, Gareth J BarnardGareth J Barnard
Adaptable is a highly customisable responsive two column theme designed for use on both large University installations as well as small training companies.

Adaptable 1.6.0

Release notes

Adaptable - the most adaptable moodle theme

Version 1.6.0 (2018011500)

Adaptable is a highly customisable responsive two column moodle theme
based on the popular BCU theme adding:

-Customisable fonts (Google Fonts)
-Fully customisable colors
-Fully customisable block styles (including icons)
-Fully customisable buttons
-Additional header navigation
-News Ticker
-Alternative jQuery slider
-Alternative front page course styles
-Additional customizable marketing blocks
-Additional layout settings for width, slider width, padding of
various elements
-Social icons
-Mobile settings (customise how theme looks on mobile devices)
-Dismissible bootstrap alerts
-Option to add login form in header on front page
-Logo and Favicon uploader
-Modern emojis (thanks to EmojiOne)
-Front Page layout builder
-Dashboard layout builder
-Course layout builder
-Activities status NEW!

In addition many fields (menus, news items, alerts and help links) can
be targeted using custom profile fields, thus it is possible to present
different users with different nagivation items and notices. It is also
possible for individual users to customise where they want top menu
navigation to appear (disable, home pages only, sitewide) using custom
profile fields.

Adaptable has a lot of settings and may seem daunting at first, our
advice is to simply install with the default settings and play with it

With a little time you should be able to setup an attractive Moodle site
with a high degree of individuality without without knowing any CSS.

This theme has been developed by:
Lead Developers
Jeremy Hopkins (Coventry University)
Fernando Acedo (3bits elearning solutions)

Manoj Solanki (Coventry University)

NOTE: This Adaptable version is compatible with moodle 3.2 and higher only.
For older versions use Adaptable 1.3 branch.

Change Log
The change log is available in:

HTML/CSS sample code for block areas
Here you will find some code samples to help you to customize the Info
Box and the Marketing Blocks.

You can insert any HTML tag to customize the frontpage blocks. Use a
` as a main container and add the height to keep the same value in
all the blocks.

The Font Awesome icons set is available in

You can insert any of them following the examples

Front Page Slider Styles
Add images with at least 1900x400px. If you want to reduce or increase
the height, Adaptable will resize the image automatically. There are two
possible slider styles each with different markup required:

Original BCU Slider Markup:


Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip
ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur.

Coventry Style Slider Markup


pixels and code for the Moodle community

Check out our custom theme pricing!

Frontpage Marketing Block HTML structure Coventry


International Courses

Some text below the link....

Front page Info Box and Marketing Blocks

There are two Info blocks in the frontpage located above and below the
Marketing Blocks. These are just for compatibility with the old BCU.

It is recommended to use the new marketing blocks builder that allows
you to create your own layout and add much more blocks.

There are 8 rows where you can add up to 4 blocks in each with a total
of 32 block of different size. See pix/layout.png for more information.

You can enter any HTML code to the block, include FA icons, images,
videos and apply inline styles.

Some samples:

Block with solid background, FA icon and some text:


Add your text here.

Block with border and transparent background:


Add your text here.

Block with an image:


Add your text here

Block with a video:

Block using multi-lang filter:

text in english

Footer Blocks
You can apply the same HTML/CSS in the footer blocks.

Some samples:

Contact information

High St. 100
123456 City

+12 (3)456 78 90

List with Chevron

Copyright text
A sample of copyright text using FA icon

Made with in Europe

News Ticker
From version 1.3 the news ticker do not need to create an unordered
list. Just add paragraphs using


Configure all the theme colours

Use any Google Font for the content, headings and site title

Display a logo or a configurable title site

Configurable Slideshow

Display up to 12 marketing blocks in the front page

Messages / Notifications
From version 3.2 moodle includes a new system to display messages and
notifications in the screen.

The new system displays a hardcoded black icons that are difficult
to see when using dark background colour in the top header. In that case,
you can use an alternate icons pack using white colour.

Login the server by FTP or SFTP and open /theme/adaptable/pix_core/i and
delete notifications.png and rename notifications-white.png to notifications.png

Then open /theme/adaptable/pix_core/t and delete message.png and
rename message-white.png to message.png

Activities icons
From version 1.4, Adaptable includes its own icons pack that replace the default moodle icons.
If you don't want to use the icons just remove adaptable/pix_plugins and adaptable/pix_core/f
You can enable this icons from the administration.

You will find more information, tips and tricks in:

Adaptable is maintained under the Semantic Versioning guidelines as much
as possible. Releases will be numbered with the following format:


and following these guidelines:
- Breaking backward compatibility bumps the major (and resets the minor and patch)
- New additions without breaking backward compatibility bumps the minor (and resets the patch)
- Bug fixes and misc changes bumps the patch

For more information on SemVer, please visit

Big thanks to all the volunteers that are collaborating and testing
Adaptable continuously. We really appreciate your help and support to
develop the most adaptable theme for moodle.

- Justin Hunt
- Leonid Chernyavskiy
- COMETE (Paris Ouest University)
- Marina Glancy
- Nick Phillips
- Björn Bettzüche
- Michael Milette
- Bas Brands
- Gareth Barnard

- Andrew Walding
- Alexander Goryntsev

- Fernando Acedo (Español - España)
- Germán Valero (Español - México)
- Jordi Rodilla (Català - Andorra)

You are welcome to collaborate in the project. You can fix bugs, add new features or help in translation to your language. See CONTRIBUTING.txt for more information

Adaptable is licensed under:
GPL v3 (GNU General Public License) -

Google Fonts released under:
SIL Open Font License v1.1 -
Apache 2 license -
The Ubuntu fonts use the Ubuntu Font License v1.0 -

The Font Awesome font (by Dave Gandy) is licensed under:
SIL Open Font License v1.1 -

Font Awesome CSS, LESS, and SASS files are licensed under:
MIT License -

Emoji icons provided free by EmojiOne ( released under:
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International -

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Version information

Version build number
Version release name
Can be updated from
1.2.5rc2 (2016120500), 1.3 (2016121300), 1.3.1 (2017011600), (2017012300), 1.3.2 (2017050200), 1.3.3 (2017051700), (2017052200), 1.4 (2017053000), 1.5 (2017072500), 1.5.1 (2017082500), 1.5.2 (2017101100), 1.5.3 (2017113000)
Can be updated to
1.7 (2018051700), 1.7.1 (2018073000), 1.6.2 (2018111800)
Stable version
MD5 Sum
Supported software
PHP 7.0, Moodle 3.2, Moodle 3.3, PHP 7.1, Moodle 3.4, PHP 7.2

Version control information

Version control system (VCS)
VCS repository URL
VCS branch

Default installation instructions for plugins of the type Themes

  1. Make sure you have all the required versions.
  2. Download and unpack the module.
  3. Place the folder (e.g. "ponies") in the "theme" subdirectory.
  4. Visit to finish the installation