Applying a Theme to a Site

You can use a theme to personalise the 'look and feel' of Confluence. Some themes simply change the basic styling, others add new functionality or significantly alter the appearance of Confluence. You can apply a theme to your entire Confluence site and to individual spaces.

Confluence comes with a selection of themes.In addition, a site administrator can install new themes as plugins via the Confluence Administration Console .Provided that the theme is available in your Confluence site, any space administrator can apply a theme to a space. By default when you create a new space, the space will have the Confluence default theme.

To apply a theme across the site:

  1. Choose the cog icon , then choose General Configuration under Confluence Administration
  2. Choose Themes in the left-hand panel.
  3. The screen will display all available themes. Select a radio button to choose a theme.
  4. Choose Confirm.

Screenshot: Applying a theme

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7 Archived comments

  1. User avatar


    Would be nice if the page tree shown in the Documentation Theme has the expandCollapseAll parameter set to true.

    19 Jul 2010
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      Zed Yap [Atlassian]


      I have a mere suggestion, you might want to edit the page.vmd in the documentation theme jar file. To do so, could you please follow the steps shown below:

      1. Find the documentation theme .jar file via <confluence install>\WEB-INF\classes\com\atlassian\confluence\setup\
      2. Now extract the doctheme-<version>.jar file
      3. Now look for the page.vmd file via <location of the jar file>\doctheme\decorators
      4. open it with a simple editor (eg: notepad)
      5. Now locate the following code:
      6. Replace the above code to the following:
      7. Now replace the page.vmd in the jar file and replace the jar file in the
      8. Now restart your instance for the configuration to take place.

      Hope that helps.

      26 Jul 2010
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    Is there any way of applying a theme to a specific collection of pages within a space? I dont want to apply the theme to the whole space. 

    29 Nov 2011
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      Hi Anonymous,

      While not aware of changing multiple themes at a time, each spaces theme can be changed by a Systems Administrator (permissions / Confluence Systems Administrator, member of confluence-administrators)  via the Browse button at the top of the Space's page.  (My problem is this Browse button has disappeared, thus without it I can not get to Space Details and the column you see on the left in the Documentation Theme)  Here is the menu options that you should see:

      Browse / Space Admin /

      Of course if you do not have that 'Browse' button not sure what you would do.  Even Space Administrators have that, yet as a Systems Administrator, it disappeared for me sometime in the last two days and there have been no upgrades...weird.




      30 Oct 2013
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    Baris Elmas


    we are using the OnDemand Service.

    Is it be possible to show an expanded page tree using the Documentation Theme ?

    31 Jul 2013
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    Grégory Romé

    Is it possible to apply the Documentation Theme across the Site but to allow a specific Space to use the original default theme?

    10 Apr 2015
    1. User avatar

      Giles Brunning [Atlassian Technical Writer]

      Hi Grégory,

      Absolutely. Complete the process on this page to set the site theme to documentation, then change any spaces you want as described in Applying a Theme to a Space.

      All new spaces will use the documentation theme by default, but you can change any individual space to the default theme.

      13 Apr 2015
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