Written by Tech Notes
Category: Concrete5
Published: 09 January 2015
Concrete5   Theme Copy   Duplicate Theme   C5.  

How To Copy Concrete5 Theme

To make things easier for this article, lets pretend you want to duplicate the default theme that comes with Concrete5, and that is Greek Yogurt. 

Please note that I do not get paid to do these articles.  Always make backups before changing anything.

  1. Access your hosting file system.  This would not involve the Concrete5 control panel/Dashboard.  Hopefully you have a great hosting like Web Hosting With $1 (WHW1), and have all the needed tools easily from the hosting control panel.  I will be using File Manager from within WHW1's cpanel.  You will want to locate the folder and sub-folders of /concrete/themes/greek_yogurt, which is most likely in the public_html folder.  I just use WHW1's File Manager search to simply locate greek_yogurt.  In my case, the folder name and path would be /public_html/concrete/themes/greek_yogurt.  If you need help using the File Manager, there is a tutorial for it at  You can also use any FTP software, or direct folder access method (like WHW1's Web Disk), or whatever means you prefer to access the folders and files.  There is a list of free FTP softwares and tutorials for each at

  2. Copy the existing theme folder (greek_yogurt in this example) from the /public_html/concrete/themes folder to the /public_html/themes folder.  Your main hosting folder might be something else like www instead of public_html.

  3. Rename the copied folder.  For example, you can change /public_html/themes/greek_yogurt to /public_html/themes/mygreek_yogurt

  4. Login to your Concrete5 site with your site Administrator login information.

  5. Go to Dashboard and select Themes.

  6. Scroll all the way down and you will see your new duplicated theme listed.

    If you wish to install it simple click on the Install button.



If you do not see it yet, then go to the Concrete5 Dashboard >> System & Settings >> Clear Cache, and click on the Clear Cache button.  You may want to clear your browser cache too.  Go back to the Themes from the Dashboard, and the new theme should show.


What C5 Versions Was This Tried On?

Tried on a few, but in general 5.6.x.x.


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