How to Change the Default Theme in cPanel

Last modified: March 3, 2023


In version 98 of cPanel & WHM, we introduced the Jupiter theme. A cPanel & WHM theme is the framework on which the system places the style. The theme contains many underlying elements, such as HTML and CSS.


We have deprecated the Paper Lantern theme with plans to remove it in a future release. We strongly recommend you make Jupiter the default theme for all cPanel accounts.

Change the theme for cPanel in WHM Interface

There are several ways to switch to Jupiter or make Jupiter your default theme for user accounts.

  • Use WHM’s Edit a Package interface (WHM » Home » Packages » Edit a Package) to edit the theme setting for the default package or other packages you have created. Making a change to a package will reapply the package settings to the accounts.

  • If you have more than one account, use WHM’s Modify/Upgrade Multiple Accounts interface (WHM » Home » Multi Account Functions » Modify/Upgrade Multiple Accounts) to switch an individual user, a group of users, or your entire server’s users to Jupiter.

  • To select a default theme for new accounts, use WHM’s Basic Webhost Manager Setup interface (WHM » Home » Server Configuration » Basic WebHost Manager® Setup). The theme that you select becomes the default theme whenever you create an account, create a package, restore an account, or transfer an account.

  • The /usr/local/cpanel/scripts/modify_accounts script allows you to modify the theme for many or all accounts on the server. For more information, read our The modify_accounts Script documentation.

Change the theme for cPanel in the cPanel Interface

  • In the Paper Lantern theme – From the cPanel interface, select your theme in the General Information panel from the dropdown menu.

  • In the Jupiter theme – From the Tools page in the cPanel Interface, select your theme in the General Information panel from the dropdown menu.

  • The Update::Themes function applies a new theme to the cPanel Interface. For more information, read our Update current theme documentation.

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