Opencart Tutorial : How to Install Themes in OpenCart

Yoocarter will show you in this tutorial how to install a new template design for your OpenCart e-commerce website.

1 – Download a new template. (Ex : download the yoodefault template)

2 – Extract it on your local computer. (Ex : Extract the yoodefault –> 2 folders –> folders : catalog, image)

3 – Upload “catalog, image” from your computer to your root folder.

4 – Go to –…. When the back-end is completely rendered navigate to System Settings tab:

5 – When the Settings page is fully loaded click on the “Store” tab, then select template and save.


  1. I’ve now tried two of your templates and get gobbledy gook on my site. ???

  2. I can’t seem to get any assistance on the opencart forum, I am trying to customize home.tpl and call the category page from the links in the header.tpl, but I am not sure of the php variable. Any help would be appreciated.

    • what is your problem

    • I need to create a custom home page and I have managed to do that in home.tpl, but I need to add a link in the header to call a page that lists the categories. Is there a way to create a link to call the list of categories?

      I am also working on a customized home page (again modified the home.tpl file) for a store that will just have products in one category. How do I create a link in the header to call the list of products?

      The header links are set up as follows:

      <a href="”>
      <a href="” id=”wishlist_total”>
      <a href="”>
      <a href="”>
      <a href="”>

  3. avatar sucindran says:

    I copy the new theme and paste it in the category/theme folder. after that i see my shop front. but the new template is coming un aligned. and ugly . what can i do for that

  4. im having a problem on the front page like the scrolling thing on the front its just blank

  5. I installed as directed. I receive the following errors:

    Notice: Undefined variable: google_analytics in /home/eclips8/public_html/store/catalog/view/theme/yoodefault_2/template/common/header.tpl on line 44

  6. The same thing happens when I try to use yoodefault_1 ….

  7. I followed the directions and I get the above error. Should I just delete everything and start over? What happened?

  8. Hello, I need to make some changes to the template yooseren, can you help me? It is as follows. I need to delete two links that are on the shopping cart page, they will not be used: 1) Cumpom discount, 2) Gift Certificates. How do I do this?

  9. Hello, I installed yoobento I wanted it with the left and right columns as homepage, instead comes out as the default template. What can I do to change it?

    • Ex : you want add “category” to homepage
      1 – Go to Admin > Extensions > Modules
      2 – Edit “Category Module”
      3 – Modify :
      ———-> Layout : Home
      ———-> Position : Column Left
      ———-> Status : Enable
      ———-> Sort Order : 1
      4 – Click “Save”
      5 – Good luck !!

  10. hi there, i have installed the yoodream template, extract it, and place the catalog and image folder on my admin folder (htdocs>name). Then i open localhost/name/admin , then system, edit, store, and apply yoodream as my theme and then save it. But when i try to refresh my localhost/name, it appears that only the colour of the yoodream template that applied, not the widgets and all other things. how can i deal with this issues? cheers.

  11. TKS very much

  12. avatar Arlington says:


    Thanks for the great theme! How do I make it so that the category show up at the top of the page?

    Like in the picture you shown here:


  13. hello, I copied the file yoocart into /catalog/view/theme/ as exactly what you said, and set the store template to yoocart, but when I click store front, it is still the default website, nothing changed. what’s the problem?

  14. Hello,
    I followed the tutorial but I still have the default theme that appears!!!!
    help plzzz

  15. Very nice. first time i tryede an it works :) You are the Man <3

  16. Hi,

    I already installed default open cart theme , but i dont know how to install my modified open cart theme that i bought from others .
    my FTP = filezilla comes out with this error :
    -Disconnected from server: ECONNABORTED – Connection aborted

    may I know what is the problem ?
    and where i should upload my latest open cart theme ? public html ? or other directory ? i already drag and drop the admin and catologue to the remote site . thanks for your help

    • Hi
      You should check connect to your host via Filezilla.
      Upload themes to : public html > (opencart) > catalog > view > theme (you also can find default theme at here)

  17. I installed it and copied everything with filezilla but the top header isn’t displaying? Can you email me and tell me why thanks!

  18. hello its fancybox or colorbox how i know it?
    coz i have a problem i cant ending shop
    when i get shipping step there is no activity on browser
    i do colorbox>fancybox
    its still not worked

  19. hi there! i’ve been trying to install the yoocart005 on my site but I always get these errors
    Notice: Undefined variable: keyword in C:\xampp\htdocs\xampp\ocart\upload\catalog\view\theme\yoocart005\template\common\header.tpl on line 178
    Notice: Undefined variable: text_login in C:\xampp\htdocs\xampp\ocart\upload\catalog\view\theme\yoocart005\template\common\header.tpl on line 203
    My Account
    Notice: Undefined variable: text_special in C:\xampp\htdocs\xampp\ocart\upload\catalog\view\theme\yoocart005\template\common\header.tpl on line 209
    Notice: Undefined variable: text_contact in C:\xampp\htdocs\xampp\ocart\upload\catalog\view\theme\yoocart005\template\common\header.tpl on line 211
    Notice: Undefined variable: text_sitemap in C:\xampp\htdocs\xampp\ocart\upload\catalog\view\theme\yoocart005\template\common\header.tpl on line 212
    Notice: Undefined variable: welcome in C:\xampp\htdocs\xampp\ocart\upload\catalog\view\theme\yoocart005\template\common\home.tpl on line 15 Notice: Undefined variable: modules in C:\xampp\htdocs\xampp\ocart\upload\catalog\view\theme\yoocart005\template\common\home.tpl on line 37Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in C:\xampp\htdocs\xampp\ocart\upload\catalog\view\theme\yoocart005\template\common\home.tpl on line 37

    is yoocart005 compatible with openCart v1.

  20. I followed all of the tutorial and yes I still have the default theme that appears!

  21. thanks the kind of theme installation very used

  22. I have installed your template on my cinnamon sticks page but it doesn’t show the header? What should i do now.

  23. Hi sir, i am follow your instructions:

    all i have done in wamp localhost
    Download the zip file of opencart theme (download from operacart free template), extract it
    copy it and paste into ” upload\catalog\view\theme” my opencart folder in wamp

    this is the default theme path.

    There is “default folder” there, i paste the extract folder there.

    this is newtheme path

    My newthemefolder contain three sub-folder one image, stylesheet and template

    but from admin panel . it only show the default folder not show the new theme there….

    feed up Sir ji, i help me??????????????????

  24. I don’t know why you dont install.
    I’m using appserv localhost.

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  26. Hi there friends, its great post concerning teachingand entirely explained, keep it up all the time.

  27. avatar Misbahul Haque says:

    i have upload a free-opencart-1551-black themes,but it doesn’t any chane on my frontent,it treat as default themes.what is reason.please help me ASAP.

  28. Excellent website. A lot of useful info here. I’m sending it to some pals ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thanks for your effort!

  29. avatar Misbahul Haque says:

    i want to make editable orderd productlist from admin(i.e-model,quantity,and Unit Price),how can i do this,please sugges me.

  30. Thanks for ‘YooResponsive – Free Responsive Opencart Theme’. It’s really great.
    I would like to add an extra product tab (Description, Specification, Review and a New Tab).
    Where/How do I get an extra RESPONSIVE tab?

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