Basic theming

As detailed in the user guide page about theming, you can easily customize the Cascading Style Sheets used by an ADF application. In this tutorial you will see how to modify the CSS, using a step-by-step approach. The focus of this tutorial is ADF apps built using Yeoman, but you can use the same principles to customize the themes in any ADF application.

About the adf-core theming

As described in the user guide about theming, eveything happens in the src/custom-style.scss file defining the primary, the accent and the warn set of palettes. For a detailed description of the different types of palettes, check the user guide about theming.

As you can see directly in the css file, the sets of palettes are configured using some predefined variables used in the source code as described below.

$primary: mat-palette($alfresco-accent-orange);
$accent:  mat-palette($alfresco-accent-purple);
$warn:    mat-palette($alfresco-warn);

The mat-palette function is used to define the Material Design Palettes from a collection of colors and $alfresco-ecm-cyan, $alfresco-accent-purple and $alfresco-warn are variables declared locally in the project to define the colors to be used in the application.

As you would expect, changing the parameter of the mat-palette function will change the colours of the entire application together.

All the available variables containing the set of palettes for the application can be found in the node_modules/@alfresco/adf-core/_theming.css file. In that file you can find:

  • $alfresco-ecm-cyan
  • $alfresco-dev-teal
  • $alfresco-ecm-blue
  • $alfresco-bpm-green
  • $alfresco-warn
  • $alfresco-accent-purple
  • $alfresco-accent-orange

Check the _theming.css file to see the latest changes and how the variables are structured and defined.

Changing the palette of your application

As an example, let's change the set of palettes for the primary colours. In the src/custom-style.scss file, change the $primary definition as follows.

$primary: mat-palette($alfresco-ecm-blue);

Once done, save the custom-style.scss file and you will see the application refreshed with different colours. That's all there is to it.

Developing your own palette

In some cases you might want to do something more "customized", and you might want to choose your preferred colours for your application. In this case you simply need to develop your own palette in a local variable and use it as the primary, accent or warn palette.

As an example, let's edit the src/custom-style.scss file adding the following source code immediately before the definition of the $primary variable.

$my-own-brown: (
    50: #f9f2ec,
    100: #ecd9c6,
    200: #dfbf9f,
    300: #d2a679,
    400: #c68c53,
    500: #ac7339,
    600: #86592d,
    700: #604020,
    800: #392613,
    900: #130d06,
    A100: #e6ccb3,
    A200: #cc9966,
    A400: #996633,
    A700: #4d3319,
    contrast: (
        50: $black-87-opacity,
        100: $black-87-opacity,
        200: $black-87-opacity,
        300: $black-87-opacity,
        400: $black-87-opacity,
        500: white,
        600: white,
        700: white,
        800: $white-87-opacity,
        900: $white-87-opacity,
        A100: $black-87-opacity,
        A200: white,
        A400: white,
        A700: white,

When you have done this, replace the $primary definition as follows and save the custom-style.scss file:

$primary: mat-palette($my-own-brown);

After a few seconds you will see the application refreshing with different colours in the upper menu. In the following screenshot you can see how the new palette looks:


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