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Install a third-party storefront theme

What’s in this topic

This topic describes how to install a third-party theme for a Magento 2 store.

To install a theme, you need to add its code to your Magento 2 instance code base, and then register it in the database. The way a theme is distributed determines how to do this:

  • if a theme is just a set of files, for example an archive, add the theme manually.
  • if a theme is a composer package, install it using composer.
  • if a theme is distributed as an extension, use the Web Setup Wizard in Magento Admin .

The following sections contain more information about each installation flow.


Set your Magento application to the developer or default mode.

Install a theme manually

To install a theme manually:

  1. Make sure that the directory structure you are copying is <VendorName>/<theme>. And all the theme files are in the <theme> directory.

  2. Copy this directory to the <Magento root dir>/app/design/frontend directory.

Install a theme as composer package

To install the theme as composer package, follow the instructions in the Install, manage, and upgrade modules topic.

Install a theme as an extension

If a theme is distributed on Magento Marketplace, install it with Web Setup Wizard. For details, see Install the Extension.

Register a theme

After you create or install a theme, open the Magento Admin or reload any Magento Admin page. This way the theme gets registered and added to the database.

To verify the theme is registered navigate to Content > Design > Configuration in the Magento Admin. If a theme is registered, it is displayed in the list of available themes.