I am running a Magento 2.3.6 system and I built my own theme which inherits from Magento/blank. Since I don't need the Luma theme, I want to properly get rid of it. I followed the instructions from magento dev and tried to remove the theme via ssh console:

php bin/magento theme:uninstall --backup-code frontend/Magento/luma

However, I can't because of this error:

frontend/Magento/luma is not an installed Composer package

This is very confusing because on my cloned stage server it worked smoothly and I did not change any composer packages or manually edits.

So I checked all my files and tried to verify the frontend/Magento/luma location. I can see from multiple commands, that frontend/Magento/luma is definitely available and shown.

I also checked the folder at


and all the necessary files like composer.json registration.php theme.xml are there.

What am I missing? The theme is obviously installed and all the files are there. I was expecting some dependency issues but not this.

  • this error happens when entry for luma theme is missing from theme table in the database. Did you check if it still exists there ?
    – Ekk4rd
    Commented Aug 13, 2021 at 10:04
  • Yes, it exists: theme_path: Magento/luma - theme_title: Magento Luma
    – TheFrakes
    Commented Aug 13, 2021 at 12:58
  • Have found any solution for this?
    – Korbin
    Commented Aug 2, 2023 at 8:14

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It was an issue with my SSH environment. Apparently, a new composer.json was created in the root folder of my server. Somehow the references were messed up even though other folders (with stages) were not affected. After removing the file, it worked.

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