I already have custom Admin theme app/design/adminhtml/default/mycustom created and in use. But now, for some stores, I want to use another Admin theme, which will fallback to mycustom theme. I already tried defining parent theme in etc/theme.xml, but it seems like it's not working:


This is my theme.xml file:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
 * Magento
 * This source file is subject to the Academic Free License (AFL 3.0)
 * that is bundled with this package in the file LICENSE_AFL.txt.
 * It is also available through the world-wide-web at this URL:
 * http://opensource.org/licenses/afl-3.0.php
 * If you did not receive a copy of the license and are unable to
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 * to [email protected] so we can send you a copy immediately.
 * Do not edit or add to this file if you wish to upgrade Magento to newer
 * versions in the future. If you wish to customize Magento for your
 * needs please refer to http://www.magento.com for more information.
 * @category    design
 * @package     default_default
 * @copyright   Copyright (c) 2006-2016 X.commerce, Inc. and affiliates (http://www.magento.com)
 * @license     http://opensource.org/licenses/afl-3.0.php  Academic Free License (AFL 3.0)

Is it possible? I know that in Magento 2 it is, but I need it for Magento 1.9.

1 Answer 1


You can enable custom admin theme by mention new theme path in app/etc/local.xml or in app/etc/config.xml with the following:


For enable the fallback of new admin theme with default one. Add the etc/theme.xml file in custom theme with below code:

  • This is not working. It uses my new theme, but parent theme is not used.
    – Anitr
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 5:51
  • Can you please share theme.xml file Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 5:52
  • I edited the question with theme.xml in it.
    – Anitr
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 5:54
  • You need to change parent name with default theme name instead of custom theme name Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 6:02
  • 1
    This worked! I didn't have theme.xml in custom_backend. Thanks. I also needed to clean the cache.
    – Anitr
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 6:59

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