Themes: Adaptable

Maintained by Picture of Jez H Jez H, Picture of Fernando Acedo Fernando Acedo, Picture of Manoj Solanki Manoj Solanki
Adaptable is a highly customisable responsive two column theme designed for use on both large University installations as well as small training companies.
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New version coming for Moodle 3.7 - read more here.

Adaptable is a highly customisable responsive two column theme based on the popular BCU theme. Adaptable has all the features of BCU along with many new features:

  • Front page Marketing Blocks. You can display Up to 60 custom blocks with different layout.
  • Layout Builders! You can now define a custom layout to add blocks using drag and drop for:
    • Front Page
    • Footer
    • Dashboard
    • Course Page
  • Fully Customisable:
    • Fonts
    • Colors
    • Block styles (including icons)
    • Buttons (including radius)
  • Choice of two sliders on home page with custom colours
  • News / Announcements Ticker on Home / Dashboard
  • Multiple front page course styles
  • Extensive custom menus (can be targeted to different users based on custom profile field)
  • "My Courses" list can be organised to put older courses in sub menu item
  • Dismissible Bootstrap Alerts
    • Display site-wide notices using different Bootstrap styles
    • Allow users to dismiss alerts once read (persistent between page loads / login)
    • Allow re-use of alerts (display again even if user has dismissed) buy updating a "key" field
  • Additional layout settings for width, slider width, padding of various elements
  • Social icons or Search box in header (admin can choose between the two)
  • Activities and Resources Adaptable icon pack improved 
  • Support for Social Wall Course Format (thanks to Chris Kenniburg for help on this)
  • Support for Grid Course Format (thanks to Gareth J Barnard for help on this)
  • Mobile settings
  • Option to add login form in header on front page
  • Favicon uploader
  • Background image uploader
  • 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 navigation items and notices.

It is also possible for individual users to customise where they want top menu navigation to appear (disable, home pages only, site wide) 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 afterwards.

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


  • Adaptable is a fork of BCU theme and owes its existence to all those credited on that theme
  • Adaptable development was driven by 3bits e-learning solutions and Coventry University
  • Persistence of Bootstrap Alerts provided by Justin Hunt in between mowing lawns and brokering cease fires (see his Moodle Services page
  • Ideas on Social Wall support provided by Chris Kenniburg 
  • Help with renderers and other tricky stuff provided by Mary Evans and Gareth J Barnard
  • Additional support provided by New School Learning
  • Thanks to Bas Brands for helping fixing some issues and adding new features.
  • And many thanks to all the volunteers, developers, translators and users for its continuous support.


Documentation coming soon.

Advice on migrating from BCU to Adaptable can be found here.


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This plugin is part of set Adaptable UI.


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  • Picture of Rolf Geuenich
    Thu, Dec 27, 2018, 1:03 PM
    Looks like the new version for 3.6.1 is coming soon (I hope):
  • Picture of Phineas Gomez
    Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 8:52 PM
    There is a problem with the file "adaptable/layout/secure.php" of the last Adaptable version.
    When you try to do a quiz, it gives a syntax error, so it is necessary to edit the file and add ;?> at the end.

    It should look like this: <? php echo $ OUTPUT-> standard_end_of_body_html ();?>
  • Picture of Abdul Basit
    Sun, Jan 13, 2019, 9:59 PM
    when this plug in will be available for moodle 3.6 please update . Many thanks.
  • Picture of Abdul Basit
    Sun, Jan 13, 2019, 10:01 PM
    when this plug in will be available for moodle 3.6 please update . Many thanks.
  • Picture of Pablo Manuel
    Sun, Jan 13, 2019, 11:23 PM
    when this plug in will be available for moodle 3.6 please update . Many thanks.
    Necesitamos este maravilloso tema por favor urgente
  • Picture of Pablo Manuel
    Sun, Jan 13, 2019, 11:24 PM
    when this plug in will be available for moodle 3.6 please update . Many thanks.
    Necesitamos este maravilloso tema por favor urgente
  • Picture of Kavithanjali Tamilselvan
    Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 4:41 PM
    i have installed the adaptable theme version 1.7
    the drop down buttons in this are opened constantly, How to resolve this?
  • Picture of Puskopad Aw
    Fri, Jan 18, 2019, 11:34 AM
    This is truely an unbelievable theme, absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much.
  • Picture of suyong pok
    Fri, Jan 25, 2019, 8:07 PM
    I am using a lot quiz activities.
    One annoying thing is that the messages saying "0 of 2 Attempted" are shown under each quiz activity.
    How can I remove the message?
    Thank you in advance.

  • Jeff
    Thu, Feb 7, 2019, 2:23 AM
    A resource that I liked a lot, but is buggy, is the overlay bar with Save/Cancel buttons on forms. The problem is when a menu is on dock. The overlay bar is pushed to the right, hidding the Cancel button. It's a simple problem, but exists since 2017-09-22. There are 2 bugs related on Bitbucket, numbers #812 and #839. When this problem will be solved? Thanks!
  • Picture of Guido Roessling
    Thu, Mar 7, 2019, 2:41 AM
    thanks for the great theme! Will Adaptable still work after upgrading to Moodle 3.7 (perhaps after an update)?
  • Picture of owlsome Wong
    Wed, Mar 13, 2019, 12:06 PM
    Fantastic Moodle theme design. I have instaledl it for student course management use. Wondering if i need add a sub platform for "Professional Development" (means another login page for staff on management purpose), Can Adaptable perform this platform. Please advise, or need others new plugin? thanks
  • Picture of Mary Blue
    Thu, Mar 28, 2019, 9:43 PM
    Hello, I do love your theme. There are just some details, that I miss to get better results on mobile devices. Therefore I was wondering, if in the moblie settings you could ad a section for another logo and the possibility to change the size of the font in the headlines. Thanks a lot in advance for considering.
  • Don
    Tue, Apr 9, 2019, 1:19 AM
    With boostrapbase parent theme removal from Moodle 3.7, are their plans to update Adaptable? If yes, how soon?
    I will begin migrating my single Adaptable site to Boost but hold off implementation until I get a response.
  • Picture of ABHISHEK L
    Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 7:23 PM
    We are facing some issue with the adaptable theme. Once the students complete the task or unit, automatically a green tick mark will come next to the unit. Green tick is working fine, but it is overlapping on the edit button. Please find the image link below:
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