Orchard makes it easy to browse available modules and themes from an online gallery and install them using the Orchard dashboard. This topic shows how to install both modules and themes from the gallery.


If your site is running under IIS, make sure you have granted read/write permissions to the ~/Themes folder under the root of your site for the service account that is being used as the IIS application pool identity. However, you should remove the write permissions on a production server.

Accessing and Enabling the Gallery

The gallery feature is enabled by default in Orchard. When the gallery is enabled, a Gallery tab appears at the top of the both the Themes screen and the Modules screen in the dashboard.


If the gallery feature has been disabled, there will be no Gallery tab visible in the Themes or Modules dashboard screens. To enable the gallery, click Modules in the dashboard, find the gallery feature, and then click Enable on the feature.

Installing a Theme from the Gallery

See Installing a Theme from the Gallery

If you install a theme, it becomes available to apply to your site. If you download a theme, you save the theme package file to your local computer. You can then use the Themes screen in the Orchard dashboard to install the downloaded theme package. For more information, see Installing Themes.

Previewing and Applying an Installed Theme

After installing a new theme, you can preview, enable, and apply that theme to your site by clicking Themes in the dashboard. For more information, see Previewing and Applying a Theme.

Installing a Module from the Gallery

To access the gallery for modules, click Modules on the dashboard and then click the Gallery tab. A set of modules appears with a pair of Install and Download links next to each module.

As with themes, if you install a module it becomes available to use on your site. If you download a module, you save the module package file to your local computer. You can then go to the Modules screen on the dashboard, click the Installed tab, and then click Upload to install the module in an Orchard site. For more information about how to activate a module after installing it, see Installing and Upgrading Modules and Enabling and Disabling Features.

On the dashboard Modules screen, click the Installed tab. This tab displays all the modules that are installed in an Orchard site.

Notice that on every page in the Installed tab, there is a link that lets you upload a module package to the site.

Displaying Additional Gallery Feeds

The Gallery tabs on the Modules page and the Themes page of the dashboard together display the aggregated list of themes and modules exposed by all feeds registered on your site. On the Gallery tabs for both themes and modules, you can use the Feed drop-down list to filter the display so that it shows all available items, or only the items from a selected feed. (This is only useful if you have multiple feeds registered.)

By default, the Orchard Gallery feed is registered for an Orchard site. To register additional gallery feeds see Registering Additional Gallery Feeds.

Change History

  • Updates for Orchard 1.1
    • 3-22-11: Updated screen shots and menu or UI options.