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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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 Manoj Solanki
    Thu, Feb 13, 2020, 6:09 PM
    Hello all,

    Can you post any questions or support-related issues like this in the themes forum please?


  • Picture of IQids Petalas
    Tue, Apr 7, 2020, 4:13 PM
    I am using this theme, but I am having problems with the backround image on the front page. When I upload a picture, I see that it is being repeated on the frontpage when I scroll down. Is there something I can do to have that image fixed and the rest of the page to scroll down?
    Thanks for your help.
  • Picture of Jessica Gramp
    Wed, Apr 22, 2020, 10:53 AM
    Hi there,
    I've recently upgraded Moodle and adaptable and was hoping to enable block docking again, but it seems to no longer be possible. I can't find any specific information about this in relation to this theme in particular, but I assume it has to do with the move to Boost as the parent theme. Are there any plans to get block docking working again in future?

    When I was working on the UCL Moodle Accessibility project a high priority requirement was to declutter the page, which I know you can do with the hide block feature, but this also makes everything an extra click away when editing and you have to scroll through all the block, which is not very user friendly. Dock blocking meant the important menus were still easily available without having to show and hide all the blocks and scroll up and down the page. Does anyone have any suggestions on how this could be implemented again?

    Thank you,
  • Picture of hao kong
    Tue, Apr 28, 2020, 8:46 PM
    A very great theme, and hopefully the course categories can set the layout
  • Picture of Jai Kalyan
    Thu, Jun 18, 2020, 4:06 AM
    Dear sir, Please provide theme version for 3.9 also
  • Picture of Scott Starkweather
    Sun, Jun 21, 2020, 11:45 PM
    I have always been easily able to add drop down menus in the top of the header. After recent upgrade (3.6) I can't get them to show up anymore!
  • Picture of Valeska Brenda
    Wed, Jul 8, 2020, 6:52 AM
    I work with the adaptable theme in moodle 3.8.
    I'm having some messaging problems:
    1. I can't add emoticons
    2. In any message received or sent, the link "Try Again"
    3. When trying to block a user, delete a conversation or add to contacts, an option box appears with several nonsense buttons.
    In case anyone can help me.
    Kind regards,
    Valeska Silva
  • Picture of Beonline beonline
    Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 1:57 PM
    Is there any news on the release of adaptable on moodle version 3.9?
  • 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
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