Creating Your Own Themes

You can create your own themes so as to use the layout you like in the OTOBO web front end. To create custom themes, you should customize the output templates to your needs. More information on the syntax and structure of output templates can be found in the Templating Mechanism.

As an example, perform the following steps to create a new theme called Company:

  1. Create a directory called Kernel/Output/HTML/Templates/Company and copy all files that you like to change from Kernel/Output/HTML/Templates/Standard into the new folder.


    Only copy over the files you’re planning to change. OTOBO will automatically get the missing files from the Standard theme. This will make upgrading at a later stage much easier.

  2. Customize the files in the directory Kernel/Output/HTML/Templates/Company and change the layout to your needs.

  3. To activate the new theme, add them in system configuration under Frontend::Themes.

Now the new theme should be usable. You can select it via your personal preferences.


Do not change the theme files shipped with OTOBO, since these changes will be lost after an update. Create your own themes only by performing the steps described above.