# Creating a theme for Pterodactyl

This tutorial briefly covers how to create a theme for Pterodactyl without overwriting the main theme files.

# Using CLI

Begin by going to your panel's main directory typically installed at /var/www/pterodactyl. The command below is a straightforward setup that will cover the majority of the functions all for you (such as Theme Name, Views Location, Assets Location etc).

php artisan theme:create

This command will activate the theme wizard. Besides the name, the defaults will suffice, see the below example.

Do not create the theme named as `pterodactyl` as that is Pterodactyl's main design and should NOT be overwritten.

Give theme name:
> (Enter Theme Name Here) (Example: MyThemeNameHere)

 Where will views be located? []:
 > (Press Enter)

 Where will assets be located? []:
 > themes/(MyThemeNameHere) (Example: themes/MyThemeNameHere)

 Extends an other theme? (yes/no) [no]:
 > (Press Enter)

If you have done it correctly, the summary should be like this: Summary:

  • Theme name: MyThemeHere
  • Views Path: /var/www/pterodactyl/resources/themes/MyThemeHere
  • Asset Path: /var/www/pterodactyl/public/themes/MyThemeHere
  • Extends Theme: No
 Create Theme? (yes/no) [yes]:
 > (Press Enter)

If the above shows as that then your initial theme has been created correctly!

# Set your newly created theme as default

Place your downloaded theme in the correct directory without overwriting the default Pterodactyl theme. See the following examples:

Your public folder into /var/www/pterodactyl/public/themes/MyThemeHere/

Your resources folder into /var/wwww/pterodactyl/resources/themes/MyThemehere/

# Setting your theme name in .env

After creating your theme and uploading those theme files correctly, you need to edit your .env (environment) file next. Open up your .env file and locate APP_THEME=pterodactyl line and change it to APP_THEME=MyThemeHere (case-sensitive) and save it.

When done correctly, your panel will now load your custom/new theme correctly without any issues.