In magento 1.X we can change theme programmatically in controller action by below code :

Mage::getDesign()->setArea('frontend') //Area (frontend|adminhtml)
    ->setPackageName('packagename') //Name of Package
    ->setTheme('default');// Name of theme

How to change theme programmatically for specific controller in magento 2 ?

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After digging the code I found the solution.

Write below code at the starting of your controller's action execute function's body.

$objectManager = \Magento\Framework\App\ObjectManager::getInstance();
$objectManager->get(\Magento\Framework\View\DesignInterface::class)->setDesignTheme('Magento/luma', 'frontend');

For example :

public function execute()

        $objectManager = \Magento\Framework\App\ObjectManager::getInstance();
        $objectManager->get(\Magento\Framework\View\DesignInterface::class)->setDesignTheme('Magento/luma', 'frontend');

        $post = $this->initModel();

        if (!$post) {
            throw new NotFoundException(__('Page not found'));

        /* @var \Magento\Backend\Model\View\Result\Page $resultPage */
        $resultPage = $this->resultFactory->create(ResultFactory::TYPE_PAGE);

            ['post' => $post, 'controller_action' => $this]

        return $resultPage;

In setDesignTheme pass your theme's name and area (frontend|adminhtml) as :

$objectManager->get(\Magento\Framework\View\DesignInterface::class)->setDesignTheme('Theme_Name', 'Area');

Hope this will help others :)

  • i used this code but css and js no loading have you done those also if done can you pls tell me
    – Pawankumar
    Commented Jun 20, 2019 at 20:42
  • run following commands : Commented Jun 21, 2019 at 8:49
  • which commands your saying
    – Pawankumar
    Commented Jun 21, 2019 at 8:52
  • rm -rf pub/static/* /*to remove files excluding .htaccess*/ rm -rf var/view_preprocessed/* /*to remove files excluding .htaccess*/ php bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy -f --theme Vendor/theme Commented Jun 21, 2019 at 8:54
  • I did these already and files are created in pub/static but not showing in frontend.you did right that time you got all files loaded ? $objectManager->get(\Magento\Framework\View\DesignInterface::class)->setDesignTheme('Infortis/pawan', 'frontend');
    – Pawankumar
    Commented Jun 21, 2019 at 8:57

See vendor/magento/framework/App/Area.php

It uses: $this->_getDesign()->setArea($this->_code)->setDesignTheme($theme);



loadChange and changeDesign are defined in vendor/magento/module-theme/Model/Design.php

 * Apply design change from self data into specified design package instance
 * @param \Magento\Framework\View\DesignInterface $packageInto
 * @return $this
public function changeDesign(\Magento\Framework\View\DesignInterface $packageInto)
    $design = $this->getDesign();
    if ($design) {
    return $this;

I hope this helps.


If you want to set theme for specific website in controller then use below code in your controller file.

$objectManager = \Magento\Framework\App\ObjectManager::getInstance();
$config = $objectManager->get("\Magento\Theme\Model\Config"); 
$storeManager  = $objectManager->get('\Magento\Store\Model\StoreManagerInterface');

//I have used default luma theme ID, You can change it based on theme.
$themeId = 2; 
$theme = $objectManager->get("\Magento\Theme\Model\ThemeFactory")->create()->load($themeId);

$websiteId = $storeManager->getWebsite()->getId();
if ($theme->getId()) {


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