How to install a new Mahara Theme

We have just released our first free Mahara theme – Orange. The theme is developed to be consistent with our free Moodle theme – Mandarin, so you can use them together to form a seamless “Mahoodle” setup.

You can get the theme zip file from the freebies page, and the following steps will show you how to install the theme for your Mahara 1.4 site.

Step 1

Download our free Mahara theme Orange here.

Step 2

Unpack the theme zip file and extract the /orange/ folder and the files.

Step 3

Upload the /orange/folder to your hosting server’s Mahara theme directory. You can use an FTP program to do so.


Step 4

Log into your Mahara site as an admin, and navigate to the Site Settings:

Site Administration > Configure Site > Site Options > Site Settings

Step 5

Select the “Orange” theme from the Theme’s drop-down list as shown on the figure below.


There you have it – the new theme is activated.


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  • Elena

    Are there more themes like this???

    It’s really good! 🙂

    • Thanks for the comment, Elena. 🙂 We’re glad you liked the theme but don’t have any plans to make a new one in the short-term. It’s a pity there are not as many people making Mahara themes as there is with Moodle so they are not as readily available.

  • Thanks for making this available, has proved to be the ideal base for our new Mahara theme 🙂

    • Thank you! Glad that you find the theme useful. 🙂

  • Mahara theme is very nice theme in world-wide. Thank you so much for your post.