I previously asked a question regarding overriding Magento core files and learned that I can copy files to local folder and the core files will be overridden. Is this also possible for Themes? I want to modify Magento theme files, but those changes will be lost whenever a new theme update will be rolled out. I will have to do all those changes again.

Is is possible to override Theme files as we do with core files? If yes, please point me to the right direction.

I thought it would be possible by copying this to local folder, but confused about the location/path to follow while copying.


You can edit theme files same way as code just copy your current theme in the new folder and assign it in the backed at

system->config->general->design->themes .

and set your folder name in the templates and Default field. also create new folder in skin folder for css and js.

simply same way you make a new them structure as your current theme just name of your theme is changed. just copy your theme folder in

app\design\frontend\default\currunt-theme to


all files in it are remain same then go to

skin\frontend\default\currunt-theme to


and then assign it in the back-end in



Start by creating a new theme. Note the base theme is a folder called app/design/frontend/default/base/. Let's pretend your theme is "tony" and create a folder called app/design/frontend/default/tony/. Now go to the Magento admin, click on the menu System > Configuration, then click on Design. Fill the page in like this before saving.

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Your new theme is now active but looks exactly like the base theme. Copy the file app/design/frontend/default/base/customer/account/navigation.phtml to app/design/frontend/default/tony/customer/account/navigation.phtml. Make some edits to the new file and look again at your site, it should have changed!

If not go to the admin menu System > Cache Management and turn off all caches until you have finished working on the site.

See more here.

  • What will be the behavior after doing this? Will the changes to the theme (after updates) reflect in the copied theme? What I want to know is, will it work as a child theme or an independent theme?
    – Sumit
    Apr 13 '16 at 13:42
  • You will not loose anything that's why we are using our theme.
    – Arunendra
    Apr 13 '16 at 13:44
  • So, only the files that need to be modified are required to be copied. Is it? Not sure if I really understood the concept.
    – Sumit
    Apr 13 '16 at 13:47
  • Yes, just copy required template and modify it in your theme
    – Arunendra
    Apr 13 '16 at 13:50
  • Please read here for more detail inchoo.net/magento/creating-a-new-magento-theme if it's help you then you may accept this answer
    – Arunendra
    Apr 13 '16 at 13:55

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