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.
18442 sites
542 fans
Current versions available: 10

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

Use the Moodle Themes Forum instead.

There is currently no version of the theme for Moodle 3.10, please see: for further details along with information on versions 3.0.3 and 2.4.2 for Moodle 3.9 and 3.8 respectively.

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.

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
    • Colours
    • 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
  • Choice of two or three row header


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.


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

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

Use the Moodle Themes Forum instead.



This plugin is part of set Adaptable UI.


Screenshot #0
Screenshot #1
Screenshot #2
Screenshot #3
Screenshot #4
Screenshot #5
Screenshot #6
Screenshot #7
Screenshot #8
Screenshot #9


Picture of Jez H
Jez H (Lead maintainer)
Gareth J Barnard
Gareth J Barnard
Please login to view contributors details and/or to contact them

Comments RSS


  • 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.

  • Picture of Yuriy Alekhnovich
    Sun, Dec 6, 2020, 1:05 AM
    I updated to theme to 2020070100 version.
    All marketing images where brouken.
    I found than previous file url was
    and after apdating it was changed (on letter "t" added)
    it is a bug !
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Sun, Dec 6, 2020, 3:39 AM
    Dear Yuriy,

    a) Please, DO NOT ASK for technical support in this page. Use the Moodle Themes Forum instead. As stated above.
    b) Please state the previous version.

  • Picture of Brigitte Denton
    Sun, Dec 13, 2020, 7:30 AM
    Just installed this theme on my Moodle platform. I really like the ability to customize the theme. I like the course tiles that show the description. One suggestion for improvement: The the expandable icon for the blocks is extremely small and difficult to see. The icon (3 lines) indicates an expandable option when clicking on it, but it is not interactive. I suggest making the entire block header active so that a learner can easily expand/collapse the block.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Tue, Dec 15, 2020, 8:31 PM
    Dear Brigitte,

    Please, DO NOT ASK for technical support in this page. Use the Moodle Themes Forum instead. As stated above.

  • Picture of Óscar Ramírez
    Tue, Jan 5, 2021, 3:34 AM

    A query: Install the theme and now login with my admin account but it shows the message: "Blocks in this area will only be visible to admin users"
    Una consulta: Instale el tema y ahora ingreso con mi cuenta admin pero muestra el mensaje : "Blocks in this area will only be visible to admin users"
    ¿Que puedo hacer?
  • Al
    Sun, Jan 24, 2021, 6:09 AM
    Is there any chance you make the plugin so that when you update moodle it automatically downloads the plugin as part of the upgrade? This would save so much time as currently when you upgrade it just says, "Additional Missing from disk!". Thank you so much.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Sun, Jan 24, 2021, 6:16 AM
    Dear Al,

    Not within my power. Please raise a MDLSITE issue on the Moodle Tracker.

Please login to post comments