Skinning in ManageIQ Service UI

How skinning works

A skin is a directory containing images, styles and (js) texts, that can be linked into an Service UI instance to alter the look of the application, overriding the default theme.

A sample skin exists in the Service UI code base, under the skin-sample directory.

Images need to exist under the images/ subdirectory of the skin, any image in there will override any images from client/assets/images. Of course, adding a new one and referencing it from the css (url(../images/foo.png) being the preferred way) is possible too.

Styles live in *.css files, directly in the skin directory. These get concatenated and included last.

To override certain hardcoded strings (currently only the product name, and the login screen branding) a skin may also contain *.js files, also included last, which should be used to provide an angular constant named Text in the module. (See client/app/skin/skin.module.js for details.) This feature may also be used to override other code in the application, but that is neither supported, nor recommended.

How to apply a skin

Simple! Just run ./ in the skin directory, optionally supplying the path to the Service UI directory (ie. something that includes the client/ and server/ subdirectories).

To undo this, run ./

What these scripts do, is to create a symlink from client/skin to this skin’s directory.

All you need to do after is gulp build, or restart the development server.

How to override an image

Just put an identically named image in the images/ subdirectory of the skin. It will overwrite the image copied from client/assets/images during the build.

Known images (that you may want to override)

For up-to-date info, please see the client/assets/images directory.

  • bg-login.png, bg-login-2.png - login screen backgrounds
  • bg-modal-about-pf.png - background for the About dialog
  • bg-navbar.png - background for the top navbar
  • brand.svg - the application logo used in the navbar
  • login-screen-logo.png - login screen logo, also used in the About dialog

How to override a style

Simply add a css file in the skin, it will get included last, and so will override any identical selectors. Feel free to use !important but use with care.

How to override a text label

Provide a JS file that introduces an angular constant named Text. It should be an object of objects, see below for the list of fields.

Known labels

For up-to-date info, please see the client/app/skin/skin.module.js file.

  • - the name of the application
  • Text.login.brand - HTML for the brand name on the login page