Themes ::: theme_adaptable
Maintained by Jez H, Manoj 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.
Latest release:
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Please, DO NOT ASK for technical support on this page. 

Use the Moodle Themes Forum instead.

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.

Version information

To be notified of 'Release candidate' versions, please change your 'updateminmaturity' setting ->

Moodle version Adaptable version Status
2.8 1.2.1 Last release for M2.8
2.9 Last release for M2.9
3.0, 3.1 1.3.4 Last release for M3.0 / 3.1
3.2, 3.3 1.6.2 Last release for M3.2 / 3.3
3.4 1.7.3 Last release for M3.4
3.5 Last release for M3.5
3.6 2.2.4 Last release for M3.6
3.7 2.3.2 Last release for M3.7
3.8 Last release for M3.8
3.9 Current release for M3.9
3.10 Current release for M3.10
3.11 Release candidate for M3.11


This plugin is part of set Adaptable UI.


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Gareth J Barnard
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  • Wed, Jul 21, 2021, 2:24 AM
    Dear Gareth,

    I'd like to know the project costs too...

    Alan Curátola .'.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, Jul 21, 2021, 2:28 AM
    Dear Alan,

    I tried to message you, however its not working / blocked. Could be because your account is new. I don't want to state here. Please see if you can message me.

  • Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 4:29 PM
    Dear Gareth,

    I'd like to know the project costs too.

    Miri Lipson
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 5:30 PM
    Dear Miri,

    I tried to message you, however its not working / blocked. I don't want to state here. Please see if you can message me.

  • Fri, Aug 6, 2021, 10:40 AM
    can this plugin make slider image?
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, Aug 6, 2021, 8:01 PM
    Dear Dzulfiqar,

    If you mean 'Does it have a slider?', then yes.

  • Thu, Aug 12, 2021, 10:43 PM
    I would like to know how many people are working on the project at the moment, if only Gareth J Barnardel is developing and we must wait for his clients or us to become clients like begging maybe is better move to antoher theme.

    The project is opensource and its code comes from the BCU, I understand Gareth needs, but demanding from others, "pay me or I won't give you the next version" is not good.
    If him don't want or can't continue developing he can just get off the project and let it die.
    Maybe others can continue with it or we the users can go to another theme with better support.

    It is a good theme and all the effort from Gareth to the project is awesome, I have used it for more than 10 years at my institution and I have modified it on several occasions, never talk here because im ok with almost everything and im developer too so i modded the theme for my institution when i see something wrong.
  • Thu, Aug 12, 2021, 10:49 PM
    I would like to know what Gareth thinks about the future of this project and if he thinks it will be maintainable for future versions of moodle.
    Maybe i cannot give to much money but i have time to develop a few things or help.
    Perhaps we can evolve to create a group of institutions and maintain it or pay to be maintained.
  • Thu, Aug 19, 2021, 2:58 PM
    Thanks for the upgrade smile
  • Thu, Aug 26, 2021, 8:58 AM
    Kind regards. I am writing to report a bug or problem I have with this latest theme update to version 3.11.
    It is the case that, I am working with the version Moodle 3.11+ (Build: 20210527) and I had the version of the Adaptive Theme 3.10. Everything ran fine, (with some restrictions due to some incompatibility of the adaptive theme 3.10 with Moodle 3.11.) But I could work normally in my virtual classroom.

    Now I have downloaded the version of the adaptive theme 3.11 and the incompatibility errors are corrected, but it is giving me an error in the activities loaded in the courses, and especially in the activity or resource "tags". The error is that it does not show the link or option to edit, causing that once the label is created and added to the corresponding course, I cannot edit or delete it.

    I don't know if someone else gets the same error after installing the latest version of the responsive theme. I would be very grateful if you had an answer in this regard, since it complicates the daily work a bit in the courses of my virtual classroom, since if a label is added with an error or if something has to be added after it is created, it is not possible.

    Beforehand thank you very much.
    Atte: Franklin S.
  • Thu, Sep 9, 2021, 1:15 AM
    I'm getting the same error, the theme seems to work perfectly but i can't see the option to edit a resource.
  • Wed, Sep 22, 2021, 5:49 AM
    I am looking at new themes for my moodle site and liked the look of this theme. I do however need to know if I can use H5P, MS forms and YouTube clips in this theme. It will also be useful to know if there is a student progress tracker as it did not show in the video I watched which gave an overview of the theme.

    I also need to know, if this theme is compatible with Moodle 3.11.2? I need something that is stable and is not going to cause me or my students problems ie fetures that stop working. It needs to be stable.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, Sep 22, 2021, 6:10 AM
    Dear Ruan,

    The theme is compatible with M3.11. Its currently at 'Release candidate' stability stage. The video is old. So, download it, test it, see if it does what you want / if there are any bugs. Report the bugs, wait for the bugs to be fixed / or if no bugs, then let me know and I'll mark the theme for M3.11 as stable -> in at least as much as it can be.

  • Sat, Oct 23, 2021, 11:49 PM
    I need help, Can someone tell me if there is a possibility that in the short term the option to delete resources and activities will be activated in version 3.11?
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Sat, Oct 23, 2021, 11:54 PM
    Dear Heliane,

    a) ????
    b) Please, DO NOT ASK for technical support on this page. Use the Moodle Themes Forum instead.

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