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.
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Current versions available: 10
The latest version of Adaptable for M3.6+ has been re-written to use Boost as a parent theme.
If you are upgrading the theme on an existing site be sure to test before applying to your live site.

Support thread for version 2.2.X can be found here. 

Adaptable is a highly customisable responsive two column theme with an abundance of features. The concept behind adaptable is to have a common theme developed and tested by a community of users which can be branded and configured according to each organisations needs. The freedom to brand and customise whilst sharing the burden of testing and development.

  • 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
  • Additional block regions for Adaptable News Slider and other plugins you may wish to add
  • Tabs on Dashboard and Course Pages for additional block regions New!
  • Choice of two or three row headerNew!


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.



Documentation coming soon.

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


Please, DO NOT ASK for technical support in this page. 

Use the Moodle Themes Forum instead.



This plugin is part of set Adaptable UI.


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  • Picture of Douglas Nantes Gualberto
    Sat, Jul 11, 2020, 7:13 AM
    In the notifications menu, white icons appear on a white background, right next to the title. You just can't see
  • Picture of Jonas Spindler
    Tue, Jul 14, 2020, 3:44 PM
    Does the 3.8 Version of adaptable run with moodle 3.9? We really need the 3.9 ready version of adaptable. So thankful for everything you gave us with that theme!
  • Picture of Rolf Petersen
    Tue, Jul 14, 2020, 3:50 PM
    Hi Jonas, I had M3.8 with running adaptable for 3.8 and now updated to M3.9 - Adaptable 3.8 still running perfectly and with no observed issue with that! But I did not reinstall it!
  • Picture of Jose Mª Inigo
    Sat, Jul 25, 2020, 5:48 PM
    Tras la última actualización de Moodle ha desaparecido el boton de "Activar edición" para los cursos
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Sun, Jul 26, 2020, 1:11 AM
    Google translation "After the last update of Moodle, the "Activate edition" button for the courses has disappeared" - so do you mean that you're running M3.9? If so then that is a core issue: and also Adaptable could have a workaround, but that would be in an M3.9 version - currently TBD.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Sun, Jul 26, 2020, 1:12 AM
    P.S. As above, use '' for technical support.
  • Picture of Sushil Kumar System Admin Baru Sahib
    Wed, Jul 29, 2020, 3:59 PM
    When will we get the theme for 3.9 version
  • Picture of Jai Bararia
    Thu, Aug 20, 2020, 3:42 PM
    Hello Everyone,
    I want to put a custom slider at my site home in which I need one static image for the background and the text on that image is in rotation. And in this theme we can't do that through the admin I tried to do this from the HTML block but that also not working. So can anyone please help me with this.
  • Picture of Dave Foord
    Thu, Aug 20, 2020, 4:06 PM
    Jai - I would look down the route of creating a slider using flexboxes - to do this, you add some CSS to the site (and possibly some Javascript), you then use an HTML block to add the HTML. This isn't them specific so would work in other themes, you would just have to copy the css over to the other theme. Most sliders, the image itself slides - so I guess you would be creating a slider where there is a static background image, and then text is then on slides with a transparent background in front of this. This link may get you started: but would need adapting.

    Note - when you use flexboxes on a site, if the user access the site through the Moodle App (if you use this), the flexboxes don't then work, so have to check how they behave and whether they make sense or not on the Moodle App.
  • Picture of Jai Bararia
    Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 6:43 PM
    Thanks Dave,
    But i want to use this theme and in this i tried to put the HTML block at top on my Site Home page but it is not showing anything and i use different code. And i will try this code and let you know if it is working or not.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Mon, Aug 24, 2020, 1:51 AM
    Dear Jai,

    Please, DO NOT ASK for technical support in this page.

    Use the Moodle Themes Forum instead.

  • Picture of Inspiroha TV
    Tue, Sep 1, 2020, 12:57 PM
    Dear sir, Please provide theme version for 3.9 also
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Tue, Sep 1, 2020, 8:38 PM
    Dear Inspiroha TV,

    Please see:

  • Picture of Marian Tanase
    Wed, Oct 28, 2020, 9:30 PM
    where you can find a demo site already preconfigured as in the screenshots?
    I still can't find the documentation for configuration and customization.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 2:02 AM
    Hi Marian,

    No demo site (install locally and have a play) and there is not any documentation for the configuration and customization - but if you create some, then I'd be willing to look at it and consider for distribution with the plugin.

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