I want to override (app/design/frontend/base/default/template/tax/checkout/grandtotal.phtml) this file as i have made some changes in grandtotal

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It's not a good idea to copy the template to the rwd folder, since this is a default Magento folder. You need to override the rwd theme for that. The best way to do that is to use a theme.xml, where you can define a parent. The file should be located in app/design/frontend/[package]/[theme]/etc/theme.xml with the following code:

<?xml version="1.0"?>

This makes your theme use rwd/default as it's parent.


So try to copy the rwd folder and paste it with another name then also copy the skin folder with the same way then activate your theme. Copy app/design/base/default/template/tax/checkout/grandtotal.phtml file to your app/design/your_theme/namespace/template/tax/checkout/grandtotal.phtml.

So if you want to customize the rwd folder then you can also have a look on there https://www.flinttechnology.co.uk/customising-rwd-magento-responsive-theme/

  • hello Asish it worked thanks a lot as copied to this path app/design/frontend/rwd/default/template/tax/checkout/grandtotal.phtml Isn't there is any other way as it was default rwd theme of magento and i am a newbie trying to override it from calling my layout is it possible ?
    – user39175
    Apr 28, 2016 at 6:10
  • right arjen thats the point .. could you please suggest me another way is it possible to by calling own layout ?
    – user39175
    Apr 28, 2016 at 6:15
  • No the temple should have to be in the your theme template folder in order to override any template
    – Asish Hira
    Apr 28, 2016 at 6:16
  • Asish am working on default theme
    – user39175
    Apr 28, 2016 at 6:17
  • And this is not a good idea to copy template file in rwd caz it changes will be gone when you will update magento.. So try to copy the rwd folder and paste it with another name then also copy the skin folder with the same way then activate your theme
    – Asish Hira
    Apr 28, 2016 at 6:19

To override phtml you need to follow the following steps.

1) Login To Admin

2) Navigate to System->Configuration.

3) Select Design from general tab.

4) Under package section define you package name.

5) Under themes section define you themes name and save the configuration.

6) Create the directory with package name and theme name which you defined in the admin at this location app\design\frontend\ {package_name} \ {theme_name}.

7) Copy file grandtotal.phtml with its directry structure and paste it. For ex if rwd is package name and custom is theme name then it will be like app\design\frontend\rwd\custom\template\tax\checkout\grandtotal.phtml and you are done.

Hope this will help you let me know if need more information.

  • don't use the default theme create your them other wise you will be in trouble if you update the magento version. Apr 28, 2016 at 6:22

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