Themes and Styles

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Supported Themes

The Web Dashboard allows you to apply and customize themes based on the DevExtreme Generic and Generic Compact themes.

Each theme consists of stylesheets that contain a collection of CSS classes:

Image Theme CSS File (Generic) CSS File (Generic Compact)
Light Theme Light dx.light.css
Dark Theme Dark dx.dark.css
Carmine Theme Carmine dx.carmine.css
Soft Blue Theme Soft Blue dx.softblue.css
Green Mist Theme Green Mist dx.greenmist.css
Dark Moon Theme Dark Moon dx.darkmoon.css
Dark Violet Theme Dark Violet dx.darkviolet.css

A compact theme allows you to fit more elements within a web page. Note that compact themes affect only specific dashboard items such as:

Before v19.2, the Web Dashboard used DevExtreme Light and Dark themes (and their compact counterparts) with custom colors. For example, the custom selection color was blue.

With v19.2, the default Light and Dark themes differ from the customized Light and Dark themes in v19.1: the Web Dashboard uses only colors listed in the applied DevExtreme theme.

If you prefer the previously available colors, use the custom Light Blue and Dark Blue themes (and their compact counterparts):

Image Theme CSS File (Generic) CSS File (Generic Compact)
Light Blue dx.light-blue.css
Dark Blue dx.dark-blue.css

Apply a Default Theme

Use the CSS files that correspond to the predefined theme you want to apply. The code snippet below shows how to enable the Carmine theme:

<!-- ... -->
<link href="node_modules/devextreme/dist/css/dx.common.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<link href="node_modules/devextreme/dist/css/dx.carmine.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<link href="node_modules/@devexpress/analytics-core/dist/css/dx-analytics.common.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<link href="node_modules/@devexpress/analytics-core/dist/css/dx-analytics.carmine.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<link href="node_modules/@devexpress/analytics-core/dist/css/dx-querybuilder.css" />
<link href="node_modules/devexpress-dashboard/dist/css/dx-dashboard.carmine.css" rel="stylesheet" />

Customize Themes

Use the DevExpress Dashboard CLI to create a custom Dashboard theme based on a DevExtreme theme created with the ThemeBuilder.

The DevExpress Dashboard CLI is a command line tool based on Node.js. It is used with the DevExtreme ThemeBuilder to create a custom theme for the Web Dashboard.

Create a Custom Theme

  1. Make sure you have Node.js and npm installed on your machine.
  2. Open the ThemeBuilder. Create a custom theme based on Generic themes. For instance, you can use the Light theme as a base and change its accent color from blue (#337ab7) to yellow (#fdb400).
  3. Set the color scheme name (for example, "light-yellow") and export the metadata as dx.generic.light-yellow.json.


    Refer to the ThemeBuilder article for more information about the DevExtreme ThemeBuilder tool.

  4. Copy the downloaded JSON file (dx.generic.light-yellow.json) to an empty folder.
  5. Edit dx.generic.light-yellow.json and add the dashboardItems property to override the accent colors at the dashboard level:

        "items": [
                "key": "@base-accent",
                "value": "#fdb400"
        "dashboardItems": [  
                "key": "@dashboard-item-selected-bg", 
                "value": "rgba(#fdb400, 0.2)" 
                "key": "@dashboard-item-hover-bg", 
                "value": "rgba(#fdb400, 0.1)" 
        "baseTheme": "generic.light",
        "outputColorScheme": "light-yellow",
        "makeSwatch": false,
        "version": "19.1.5"

    Refer to the Color Constants section to see a list of available color constants you can use to customize the Web Dashboard's colors.

  6. In the created folder (step 4), execute the command that installs the devexpress-dashboard-cli package and builds the CSS files for your custom theme:

    npx devexpress-dashboard-cli build-theme --input-file dx.generic.light-yellow.json

    This generates the following CSS files you need to use to apply a custom theme:

    • dx.light-yellow.css
    • dx-analytics.light-yellow.css
    • dx-dashboard.light-yellow.css
    • dx.light-yellow.min.css
    • dx-analytics.light-yellow.min.css
    • dx-dashboard.light-yellow.min.css

Color Constants

The Web Dashboard uses color constants to paint the control's elements. The colors of the color constants listed in the table below can be customized. Changes to specific dashboard elements' colors do not affect the basic DevExtreme colors.

Show Table
Color Constant Description
@dashboard-surface-bg The background color of the dashboard surface.
@dashboard-item-selected-bg The background color of the selected element in a dashboard item.
@dashboard-item-hover-bg The background color applied to elements in a dashboard item when you hover over them.
@dashboard-overlay-shader-bg The shading background color.
@dashboard-border-color A more contrast border color.
@dashboard-border-sub-color A less contrast border color.
@dashboard-shadow The color of the shadow used for the control's elements (for example, when you hover over icons in the Toolbox).
@dashboard-shadow-border-color The color of the border that appears with the shadow.
@dashboard-tab-hover-bg The background color of the inactive hovered tab page's header.
@dashboard-tab-inactive-bg The background color of the inactive tab page.
@dashboard-info-toast-bg The background color of the information notification toast.
@dashboard-info-toast-color The text color of the information notification toast.
@dashboard-item-menu-bg The background color of the dashboard item menu.
@dashboard-item-menu-icon-color The primary color of the dashboard item menu's icons.
@dashboard-item-menu-icon-sub-color The additional color of the dashboard item menu's icons.
@dashboard-item-menu-remove-icon-color The color of the dashboard item menu's Delete icon.
@dashboard-item-menu-separator-color The color of the dashboard item menu's separator.
@dashboard-item-menu-item-border-color The border color of a dashboard item. The border appears when you hover or select a dashboard item in the [Designer]> (xref:119283#designer-and-viewer-modes) mode.
@dashboard-item-binding-menu-bg The background color of the dashboard item's Binding menu.
@dashboard-item-binding-menu-filter-section-bg The background color of the Binding menu's Filter section.
@dashboard-menu-bg The dashboard menu's background color.
@dashboard-menu-color The dashboard menu's basic color.
@dashboard-menu-header-bg The background color of the dashboard menu's header.
@dashboard-menu-header-color The primary color of the dashboard menu's header.
@dashboard-menu-icon-color The color of the dashboard menu's icons (for example, the X icon used to close the menu).
@dashboard-menu-selected-bg The background color of the selected element in the dashboard's menu.
@dashboard-menu-selected-color The color of the selected dashboard menu's element.
@dashboard-menu-hover-bg The background color applied to elements in a dashboard menu when you hover over them.
@dashboard-menu-hover-color The primary color applied to elements in a dashboard menu when you hover over them.
@dashboard-toolbar-color The text color of the dashboard item caption and dashboard title.

Apply a Custom Theme

A custom theme's icons should be in the same folder as the theme's CSS files. For npm, the icons folder is node_modules/devextreme/dist/css. In other cases, the folder is in the same directory as the predefined themes. Copy the icons folder to the directory that contains your theme.

To apply a custom theme, register the generated CSS files instead of the default styles.

Create the Content | custom-themes folder in the project and put the generated CSS files in the created folder. Then replace corresponding existing CSS files with the generated ones:

<!-- ... -->
<link href="node_modules/devextreme/dist/css/dx.common.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<link href="Content/custom-themes/dx.light-yellow.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<link href="node_modules/@devexpress/analytics-core/dist/css/dx-analytics.common.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<link href="Content/custom-themes/dx-analytics.light-yellow.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<link href="node_modules/@devexpress/analytics-core/dist/css/dx-querybuilder.css" />
<link href="Content/custom-themes/dx-dashboard.light-yellow.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />

The image below shows the Web Dashboard with the custom Light Yellow theme: