Installing an OpenCart 1.5 Theme

By now, you should have found a theme to use on your OpenCart site. If you have not yet found a theme, please read our article on finding an OpenCart Theme. Once you have downloaded the theme, you can begin to install it.

Not all themes can be installed using the same steps. This is the most common method of installing a new theme. However, most themes have a read_me.txt or install.txt file with installation instructions in it. Please read your themes installation instructions before attempting to install a new theme.

In this article, we cover the basics on installing an OpenCart 1.5 theme.

How to Install an OpenCart Theme

  1. Make sure you have downloaded the Zip file containing the theme to your local computer.
  2. Extract the theme.
  3. Login to your OpenCart website using FTP. Please read our article if you need help using FTP.
  4. Upload the catalog and images folders to the root of your OpenCart installation.
  5. Once the upload is finished, log into your OpenCart Dashboard and go to System > Settings
  6. Choose your website from the list, check the box next to it, and select Edit
  7. Go to the Store Tab and choose the template you just uploaded from the drop down menu under the template section.
  8. Click Save.
  9. opencart_theme_2

Congratulations! You have successfully changed the theme of your OpenCart shopping cart.

If you need further assistance please feel free to contact support department.

Carrie Smaha
Carrie Smaha Senior Manager Marketing Operations

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46 thoughts on “Installing an OpenCart 1.5 Theme

  1. hello,

    Recently downloaded the hairstyle theme from themeforest, trying to upload it to opencart and am having trouble finding the exact place in the FTP where to put it. I was wondering if you could possibly point me in a direction for uploading that theme to opencart.


  2. I am changinging default theme but not in template part dropdown. How can apply theme. I m using freashmarket theme.

    1. Since that is a commercial theme, I recommend following the setup guide that is included when purchased. This is because the steps may differ from a standard installation
      Thank you,

  3. Hello team, I installed a new theme to my opencart 2.0. I have followed all their documentation settings for modules, banners and layout but I still can’t see them display on my website. The homepage slideshow is working fine but I can’t have the other things showing. Pls where am I going wrong?

    1. Hello Brown,

      Thank you for contacting us. What theme did you install?

      Can you provide a link to the site, so we can help you test further?

      Thank you,

  4. I don’t see the catalog folder but i see image folder in my theme folder so what should i do now?

    after selecting the files of theme where these should be place in our website 
    Install folder?

    or direct in root folder?



    1. Hello Abdul,

      Thank you for contacting us. You should upload the folders to the root of your OpenCart installation. This will differ based on your setup.

      Here is a link to our helpful guide on how to find the Document Root of your website.

      Also, I recommend reviewing the installation documentaion that should have been included with the theme you are installing.

      Thank you,

  5. i have uploaded pavilion them that i have download from another website C panel and upload it to my current website C panel but it is not showing on my open cart … how can i suppose to sort out this?

    1. I’m not sure how we can help you with the information you have provided. Do you have a URL so we can see the errors you are getting?

  6. After saving the theme, the store looks like, while my theme should look like Please help me. 

    1. Hello Amit,

      I’m sorry for the problems with the OpenCart theme that you’re using. If you’re using a paid theme, you’re best bet will be to look for the documentation and any support that the theme author can provide in loading the theme. We generally do not have access to these themes as they are third party and do not have access to the files or documentation needed to troubleshoot their installation. In briefly looking at site, it does appear that you’re missing either steps or some elements for the proper theme install.

      Apologies that I can not provide a direct answer for the issue. If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

      Arnel C.

  7. hi, I am still interested in the pav_fashion installation. I am having some “notice: undifined property: Loader.:$model_catalog_product in……………………” it’s a list of fatal error things 

    1. Hello Simon,

      Is this a theme? If so, are you getting this error when installing the theme? What version of WordPress are you using? Is the theme compatible with that version? Is it a free theme or a paid theme?

      Kindest Regards,
      Scott M

  8. Sadly, I moved forward with wordpress. I had been really hoping to use Open Cart or even Prestashop but wordpress was the only one functioning for me. My only issue is that I can’t get my blog roll to show up but, otherwise, everything has been running smoothly enough:



    1. Hello Qaisar,

      That step is actually step 4. If you didn’t already have the files in your OpenCart Installation, then you would need to upload the files into the proper place. The “files” would be the elements of the theme which are typically within the ZIP file. Always read the installation guide for the theme that you’re installing for that information. I hope that helps explain the step. If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

      Arnel C.

  9. Thanks DJEdens, 

    but i have confusion about this point.

    1. Upload the catalog and images folders to the root of your OpenCart installation.

    ” again we have to upload catalog and images of theme?

  10. actually first of all, we have to choose theme of same version and then we have to extract theme into view/theme folder and then choose from admin site.


    1. Hello Qaisar ,

      That is one way of doing it, yes. However the article above should still be relevant to installing an opencart theme.

      Best Regards,
      TJ Edens

  11. i made changes changes accordingly as mention in the above article but after making thos chnages and selecting the theme and saved it. but when i run the website its all blank (empty white screen).

    can pls tell me wats the issue here ….



    1. Hello ethencruiz,

      Does the white screen only occur when using that theme? Have you enabled error reporting so you can see what error OpenCart is throwing?

      Kindest Regards,
      Scott M

  12. Thanks for making such a great free template “stardomtheme”.
    Now i have copied extracted file stardomtheme in “….upload/catalog/view/theme folder, and i have changed default to stardomtheme in “Store setting” in Opencart 
    Even after trying many times and saved, i could find any themes changing. Please help on this, It will be very much appreciate if you guide and successfully install your themes in my open cart
    Thanks in advance and looking from your revert with a solution for this.
    1. Hello Deb,

      Thank you for contacting us. We are not associated with “stardomtheme” in any way, but we can try and help you troubleshoot the issue.

      Have you tried to contact the Theme Developer?

      Did the Theme include installation instructions? Their setup may be different from the guide above.

      Can you provide a link to the theme you are installing?

      Thank you,

  13. Thanks for the prompt reply, John-Paul!

    I’m using opancart 2.0. This may or may not be an issue… It’s been a bit confusing. When I first bought the theme, I was told that running it on would be better but, when I went to the tutorial, on their site, I was told to run 2.0. 

    I haven’t added any extensions or plugins at this time. 

    I haven’t tried installing another theme but will attempt to do so right now. 

    And no. I haven’t touched a thing yet.

  14. Hello!

    I’ve successfully installed opencart and uploaded a theme I bought to it (pav_fashion). The theme appears in my settings and I am given the option to select it but, whenever I take a look, only the default theme remains. Someone on tech support told me that, when looking up other links, an error appears (fatal error, etc etc, and then referring to a line of code in a sub folder).

    I checked my opencart database and the new theme is there. I’ve cleared my browser cache and I’ve even deleted all theme files and re-uploaded them. 

    What should my next move be? I’m set to launch in 10 days and am more than a little nervous abou this.



    1. Hello Rosemary,

      Thank you for your question. Since this is a commercial theme, they should provide some level of support. I was able to find the Support page for the “Pav Fashion” theme here.

      Since they coded/created the theme they may be familiar with this issue, or have a workaround.

      We are happy to help troubleshoot further, but will need some additional information. What version of OpenCart are you running?

      What 3rd party addons/plugins are you using?

      Are you able to install other themes?

      Have you made any custome changes to the site, or coding?

      Thank you,

    1. Hello Prabhu,

      Sorry for the problems with the theme. We’re not quite sure what you mean. Were you able to successfully load the theme? Did you have any errors? If you can provide us more information on the issue we can try to help. We would need know the exact name of the theme, if it was purchased, the version of OpenCart, and any steps to reproduce the problem. A URL for the website would also help if you don’t us looking at the website. Please provide us this information if you require further assistance.

      If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

    1. Hello Ashish,

      Thanks for the question about changing the theme in OpenCart. The method is the same in OpenCart 1.5x or 2.x versions. Login to the Administrator Dashboard>Click on System>Settings>Store, then scroll down and select a theme that you have installed. You can find a theme through OpenCart and then use this article to install the theme if you have not done so before.

      I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

      Arnel C.

  15. i have download opencart and theme  and both are same version .

    in theme the folder name admin and catalog all file copy in the same way of the opencart . when i am going to login in the admin panel and inter username and password but admin panel is not open.



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