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How to Find Which WordPress Theme a Site is Using

Have you ever come across a great-looking WordPress site and wished you could get the exact same theme?

Often we hear from readers asking us for help finding the name of a theme that they love on someone else’s website.

Luckily, it’s easy and free to check a site’s theme. In this article, we’ll show you how to find which WordPress theme a site is using.

Finding out which WordPress theme a website is using

When you’re creating a website, one of the biggest decisions you’ll face is choosing your theme.

There’s a lot to think about when selecting the perfect WordPress theme for your site. If you come across a site with a layout and features that you love, then that could be a great shortcut to finding the right theme for you.

Some websites use custom themes, which you probably won’t be able to use yourself. However, in many cases, you’ll find that sites are using one of the best free WordPress themes or a popular premium theme.

If so, you can find out the name of the theme and download or buy it yourself.

It’s really easy to find out which WordPress theme a website is using. We’re going to walk you through three different methods.

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Method 1. Use WPBeginner’s WordPress Theme Detector Tool

The easiest way to find which theme any WordPress website is using is by using our WordPress theme detector tool.

It’s completely free to use. All you need to do is enter the website URL and then click the “Analyze Website” button.

Type in the name of the website you want to analyze

Our theme detector will look through the website’s source code and show you the name of the WordPress theme they’re using.

For example, if a website is using the popular Divi theme, then our theme detector will show something like this:

The WordPress Theme Detector in action, detecting the Divi theme

However if it’s a less popular theme or a custom theme, then our tool will show you the name of the theme without the screenshot.

All you have to do then is to copy / paste that theme name in Google search to see if you can find the download link.

If it’s a custom theme, then you will not find it. However if it’s one of the thousands of free / premium WordPress theme, then you’ll be able to download and use it.

Method 2. Use IsItWP to Detect the Site’s WordPress Theme

Another easy way to detect the WordPress theme used by a website is with IsItWP, a website theme detector.

IsItWP is a free online tool that tells you the theme and plugins used by a WordPress website.

Just open up the IsItWP website and enter the URL of the site you want to check.

Checking a website's theme and plugins using IsItWP

IsItWP will first check if the website is using WordPress. If so, IsItWP will detect which WordPress theme the site is using and show you the results:

IsItWP showing details of the theme detected

It’ll also try to detect the WordPress hosting provider and WordPress plugins used by the website. You’ll see a list of these with download links plus links to IsItWP’s reviews of the plugins:

IsItWP's details of plugins being used by the site being examined

Sometimes, you’ll see a result like this for the site’s theme:

IsItWP will give the name of a custom or child theme

IsItWP may not be able to give you details about a custom WordPress theme or a child theme.

It will display the name of the theme, though, so you can search for it online and see if it’s available to download or buy.

Method 3. Manually Detect WordPress Theme Used by a Website

Sometimes website owners change their WordPress theme’s name. This stops tools like our WordPress theme detector or IsItWP from detecting which WordPress theme they are using.

However, you can often use the website’s code to find out which theme it’s using.

Let’s get started.

Every WordPress theme has a style.css file. This file contains a theme header which tells WordPress the name of the theme, theme author, URI, version, and more. It also contains the CSS styles used by the theme.

To find this file, go to the website that you want to examine. Right click anywhere on the screen and select ‘View Page Source’ from the menu.

View page source of a WordPress website

This will open the source code of the page in a new browser tab. Now you need to find a line in the source code that looks something like this:

<link rel='stylesheet' id='themename_style-css'  href='http://example.com/wp-content/themes/theme-name/style.css?ver=1.1.47' type='text/css' media='all' />

You can click on the URL in this line to open the style.css file.

Tip: There will normally be several style.css files linked to from the page source. You need to find the one with /wp-content/themes in the URL.

At the top of the style.css file, you will see the theme header block which contains information about the theme used by the WordPress blog. Typically, it would look something like this:

Theme Name:     Theme Name 
Theme URI:      https://example.com
Author:         ThemeAuthorName
Author URI:     https://example.com
Description:    My Theme is a flexible WordPress theme designed for portfolio websites
Version:        1.1.47
License:        GNU General Public License v2 or later
License URI:    http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html
Text Domain:    hestia
Tags: blog, custom-logo, portfolio, e-commerce, rtl-language-support, post-formats, grid-layout, one-column, two-columns, custom-background, custom-colors, custom-header, custom-menu, featured-image-header, featured-images, flexible-header, full-width-template, sticky-post, theme-options, threaded-comments, translation-ready

You may be able to find the Theme’s URL or Theme Author’s URL here which will lead you to the theme used by the website.

Finding The Parent Theme

Many WordPress sites use child themes to customize their websites. In that case, their theme header will contain information about the parent theme they are using.

*
Theme Name:   My Child Theme
Description:  Just a child theme
Author:       Peter Smith
Author URL:   Write here the author's blog or website url
Template:     hestia
Version:      1.0
License:      GNU General Public License v2 or later
License URI:  http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html
Text Domain:  my-child-theme
*/

In the above example, this header block has an extra ‘Template’ parameter in the theme header block. This template is the parent theme used by this website.

You can also find out the parent theme by looking at the website’s source code. You’ll find that there’s another style.css file loaded from another theme.

This other style.css file is the parent theme’s stylesheet and clicking on it will tell you which parent theme a site is using.

That’s all for now, we hope this article helped you learn how to find which WordPress theme a site is using. You may also want to see comparison of the best WordPress page builder plugins to create custom layouts, and our step by step guide on how to create an email newsletter to grow your website traffic.

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  1. Been wanting to learn how to do this for a while whenever I see a nice website! Thanks for the easy-to-understand instructions!

    • If a site is not using WordPress then it would not be using a WordPress theme.

      Admin

  2. Been wanting to learn how to do this for a while whenever I see a nice website! Thanks for the easy-to-understand instructions!

  3. please tell me, How do I know who used my theme?

    mean I have a theme and I want to know who else is using it.

    • There is not a simple method for finding that information unless your theme’s author features sites using their theme.

      Admin

  4. It was really a very high quality, simple to understand content. For me as a beginner blogger, it is difficult to write a content like this on any niche. Very informative blog.

  5. Is there any other way to check? because i have used isitwp.com . it shows the that my site is using wordpress but it doesnot show the theme name. and have applied second method in style.css in source code. i still cant find theme name. please help me. thanks

    • If it is your site, you should be able to log into your site and under Appearance>Themes you should see the active theme for your site :)

      Admin

  6. I want to protect my website and dont want to user to know which theme i am using for WP,please let me know if it is possible?

  7. I searched a website name on the above link which you provided and as per the link that site isn’t using WordPress theme. So, is there any other way that I can find which theme they are using or how can I get the similar theme from WP?

    • If they’re not using a WordPress theme then you may want to ensure they are a WordPress site. There are multiple themes available as well as page builders for recreating a site’s design depending on how you’re wanting it to look.

      Admin

  8. I tried all these steps… I couldn’t get the theme used in a site tho it’s a WordPress site.. can anyone help me?
    Thanks

    • If it is a custom theme there wouldn’t be an option to download the theme since there wouldn’t be the ability to download.

      Admin

  9. Pls Sayed I really need to understand wordpress so I can build wonderful themes…pls help me to become a great Web developer in WordPress

    • For a starting point at WordPress development you would want knowledge of HTML, CSS, and PHP then you could take a look at the WordPress codex and their developer resources for helping you set up themes and plugins for WordPress.

      Admin

  10. Hello,

    Thank you for your excellent article.

    I have a doubt about the name of the author of a wordpress theme that appears.

    We must always believe the property of the theme. or to be wary of it?
    how to know if the theme is really a conception of the author? or
    just an usurpation of an existing modified theme?

    Best regards
    Sayed

  11. Very helpful article, I really in search of that. Finally I find here. Very thankful to wpbeginner. I will promote this site about the helpful info. Thanks

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