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Finding "default.master.tpl"

Hey guys.

I'm just trying to get started with theming, but having a few issues getting off the ground.

My current issue is that I can't seem to find "default.master.tpl", as mentioned in the tutorial.

I did find one from GitHub, but it was two years outdated, and didn't seem to match what the tutorial was saying.
Can anyone send me a copy?

(Also, is there an IRC channel or anything? I feel silly posting such trivial things like this on the forum, pushing down more important posts...)


  • businessdadbusinessdad Stealth contributor MVP

    I think that the tutorial is incomplete. Themes may contain a default.master.tpl (which is a Smarty file), but they may also contain a default.master.php, which is a plain PHP file, or even no file at all. In last case, the master file found in the application/view folder is taken instead (in a basic Vanilla installation, it can be found in applications/dashboard/views.
    To override such file, simply copy it in <your theme folder>/views. The file in the theme folder will take precedence over the one in the application folder.

  • peregrineperegrine MVP
    edited March 2014

    not all themes have a default.master.tpl, they may have a default.master.php

    these .tpl and .php files are located in the views folder of the theme. Otherwise they use a default.
    you can copy one of the examples below and customize as you see fit in /Yourtheme/views folder.

    when you create your new theme - you may use either default.master.tpl or default.master.php
    in 2.1 there is more of a leaning towards using .tpl based themes. Most of the themes in the add-on section are probably default.master.php based, except for possibly newer ones.

    e.g. embedfriendly theme uses .tpl file that is a sample.


    in version 2.1b2 - here is a sample for the bittersweet theme


    I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.

  • peregrineperegrine MVP
    edited March 2014

    maybe the The Ultimate Theme Guide for Designers should be called the penultimate Theme Guide

    and your link V should be called Ultimate.

    I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.

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