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Maintained by Picture of Frédéric Massart Frédéric Massart
A very basic theme, made easy for new themers.

Easy Moodle Theme

A very basic theme, made easy for new themers.


In Moodle 2.5 was introduced the theme 'Clean', which purpose was (but not only) to make it easier to start off a new theme. While it is definitely a lot easier than before, there are still a few concepts that might confuse some of the new themers out there. This theme trimmed out all the unnecessary things to leave a cleaner 'Clean'.

  • No more settings, and so, no more use of the settings
  • No more specific confusing functions
  • Cleaned up config file
  • Added of lot inline documentation
  • Specific renderer to add layout elements
  • Extracted common elements from layout pages
  • Quick method to customize Bootstrap using LESS


  • Moodle 2.5

Start off your theme

Easy download

Download the content of this repository into the theme/ directory of Moodle. For the purpose of this walkthrough, we will assume that the directory you downloaded this theme into is batman.

So you should now have this directory:


In which there should be:


Easy renaming

A mandatory step is to rename all the references to Easy.

  • Rename the file lang/en/theme_easy.php to lang/en/theme_batman.php.
  • Open the file lang/en/theme_batman.php and write Batman instead of Easy next to pluginname.
  • Open the file config.php and rename easy to batman next to $THEME->name.
  • Open the file renderers.php and rename theme_easy_core_renderer to theme_batman_core_renderer.
  • Open the file version.php and rename theme_easy to theme_batman next to $plugin->component.

Easy install

Now, login as an administrator, and visit the "Notifications" page. You should be prompt to install the theme Batman. And done!

Let the theming begin

There are 2 easy ways to style this theme, either using pure CSS, or using LESS.


Simply edit the custom.css file, then purge your caches and voilà. This is extremely easy, but less flexible than it would be if you were using LESS. Customizing in pure CSS is usually recommended for minimal tweaks, or patient designers.


The advantage of using LESS is that you do not need to override every single rule to style a large amount of places. You can easily customize Bootstrap shipped with Moodle, and all other places in Moodle re-using Bootstrap variables. To make use of this you need to be familiar with LESS, and know how to compile a LESS file to CSS.

Assuming that you will be compiling the LESS file less/mybootstrap.less to css/mybootstrap.css, you will need to change the configuration of the theme to include this new CSS file. This is done by changing the value of $THEME->sheets in config.php. Simply add mybootstrap to get something like this:

$THEME->sheets = array('mybootstrap', 'custom');

That's about it! Read more about this in the file less/mybootstrap.less.

Since Moodle 2.7 you can also compile LESS on the fly, you will find more information about this in less/mybootstrapless.less and in the documentation of $THEME->lessfile in config.php.


Licensed under the GNU GPL License




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  • Anthony Borrow
    Tue, Sep 10, 2013, 10:31 AM
    Frédéric - Many thanks for sharing this plugin with the Moodle community. I installed the theme and hope everyone finds it easy to use and to build other themes based off of it. Keep up the great work! Peace - Anthony
  • Julian Ridden
    Fri, Sep 13, 2013, 10:04 AM
    Thanks for sharing this Fred. A great initiative and a simple start for those entering this field for the first time. Ill be sharing this one around.

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