Adding a theme

In the theme we’ll define how things look to the user. You know HTML, CSS, JS and such stuff.

What is a theme

A theme defines the way the content from Sulu is presented on the website. In general it’s not more than a simple folder containing all the required twig templates, images, scripts, fonts and all the other assets you want to use in this specific theme.

You can have multiple themes in one Sulu installation. Every webspace can decide which theme to use, by a simple key in the webspace configuration file already described in Setup a Webspace. This means that it is also very easy to switch between different themes.

This feature is not shipped with a minimal sulu-installation. But can be easily integrated.


First add the dependency to the SuluThemeBundle in your composer.json file.

composer require sulu/theme-bundle

To enable it add the following lines into the app/AbstractKernel.php and app/config/config.yml.

abstract class AbstractKernel extends SuluKernel
     * {@inheritdoc}
    public function registerBundles()
        $bundles = [

            new Sulu\Bundle\ThemeBundle\SuluThemeBundle(),
            new Liip\ThemeBundle\LiipThemeBundle(),



        return $bundles;
# LIIP Theme Configuration
    themes: ["default"]
    active_theme: "default"
    load_controllers: false
    assetic_integration: true

This will configure a default theme which can be enabled in the app/Resources/webspaces/<webspace>.xml file by adding:


Create a theme

Creating a theme is as easy as creating a new folder in the Resources/themes/ folder of your bundle with the name of the new theme. Afterwards you have to fill this folder with all the used templates in the webspace. These templates go into another subfolder in your theme, which you have to reference later. We recommend to name this folder templates. It is also recommended to create a folder views for more general templates, like the master template, an error page, etc., and a folder blocks for reusable templates, like the seo information.

For more concrete information about the structure of these templates you should check the Creating a Page Template.

Enable the theme

For resolving the templates we are using the LiipThemeBundle, which requires you to register your themes. You can do that in your application configuration located at app/config/config.yml. Add the name of your theme folder to the following list:

    themes: ["default", "your-new-shiny-theme"]