Creating simple themes


It is possible to create themes for all maps of a repository or for a single map within a repository.

The principle is:

  • the directory media contains a directory named themes
  • the directory themes contains a default directory for the theme of all the maps of the repository
  • the directory themes may contain too one directory per project, for the themes specific for each project
-- media
  |-- themes
    |-- default
    |-- map_project_file_name1
    |-- map_project_file_name2
    |-- etc


  • This function needs to be activated by the administrator of the Lizmap instance.
  • The media directory. Read how to use Media folder in Lizmap.

Configuring the tool


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In order to simplify the creation of a theme for a repository or a map, Lizmap allows you to obtain the default theme from the application, through the request: index.php/view/media/getDefaultTheme.

The request returns a zipfile containing the default theme, with the following structure:

  |-- default
    |-- css
      |-- main.css
      |-- map.css
      |-- media.css
      |-- img
        |-- loading.gif
        |-- etc
      |-- images
        |-- sprite_20.png
        |-- etc

Once downloaded the zipfile, you can:

  • replace the images
  • edit the CSS files


The files and directories must be readable (755:644)


To preview your results without deploying it in production, you can add your theme in the lizmap/www/themes. Add &theme=yourtheme at the end of your URL (e.g. https://your.lizmap.instance/index.php/view/map/?repository=montpellier&project=montpellier&theme=yourtheme).

Once your theme is ready, you can just publish it copying it in the directory media.


We want to change only the logo in a specific project called roads and we want to keep the default theme from the Lizmap instance:

  • We don’t need the media/themes/default folder.
  • Create media/themes/roads.
  • Extract the content zip file inside.
  • Change the file css/img/logo.png

This would work. But you still have a lot of CSS which is the same from the Lizmap main instance. So we can make our style smaller:

  • Remove all images which are the same as Lizmap instance
  • Search in the css folder where logo.png is used.
  • Remove every files *.css except the file css/main.css and keep only:
#logo {
  background : url(img/logo.png) no-repeat;

By following these steps, we keep our custom theme as small as possible.