Customize Branding

The look and feel of OpenIAM can be changed. For this, one can use CSS.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are an industry-standard way of styling a web page. While the content of a page is rendered with HTML, its look and feel is determined by CSS files. Creating CSS styles that work seamlessly across different browsers is a delicate task for basic web sites, and reasonably challenging when customizing web applications like OpenIAM. It is important to test each change that you make and ensure it works as expected in all areas of OpenIAM.

If you are not familiar with CSS, see this link: You should spend some time to become confident with Cascading Style Sheets before you start editing your Confluence style sheets.

What can be customized using CSS?

Every page's style can be overridden using CSS.

Note: Any page that defined by page template (Role, Groups, User Self-registering forms, etc.) can be customized to have custom HTML.

What cannot be changed using CSS?

The HTML structure of the page Any <img> tags not configurable via the UI.

You can override CSS for a particular Content Provider and/or a Pattern. To do this, follow the instructions below.

Customizing branding in Docker environment

Step 1: Configure the UI Theme

The first step (before creating the CSS file), is to set up the UI Theme. Go to AdministrationUI Themes. Then, to edit the existing theme click the "Edit" icon in front of it; to create a new theme, select "New UI Theme."

UI Theme

Enter the correct name and URL. Click Save.

New UI Theme

Step 2: Assign the Theme to the Content Provider

After creating a theme, you can then assign it to a Content Provider.

Go to Access Control -> Content Providers.

Content Providers

There is a default theme used for all the Content Provider's URI patterns, if the pattern doesn't specify it's own UI Theme. To change the theme, find you content provider, click edit icon and choose your theme in the "UI Theme" drop-down.

Change Theme

Step 3: Select an UI Theme for the URI Pattern

This step is optional. You can specify a UI Theme for a URI Pattern. The selected pattern will override the one in the parent Content Provider.

By default, all Patterns inherit UI Themes from the Content Provider settings.

Access the "Edit Content Provider" window and scroll to "URL Patterns" form located at the bottom of the window. Click the "Edit" icon in front of the Pattern to update. On the following example we will edit the /selfservice/* pattern.

URI Patterns

Choose the theme required in "UI Theme" field:

URI Pattern Field

Step 4: Update CSS

Once the previous steps are finished, update the CSS files. The last CSS file to load on each page will be the "Stylesheet URL" of the UI Theme. This way, you can override any and all of our default CSS.

Customizing branding in Kubernetes environment

To use your own static content and use it in the theme, perform the following steps.

  1. Create a folder on deployment server and add all permissions to it.


  1. Add a .css to the created folder.

Adding css file to the folder

  1. Upload the custom.css to the UI pod.

To obtain the UI pod id run the following command.

kubectl get pods

Grab the UI pod name from the list and pload custom.css to the UI pod.

kubectl cp /path/to/static_data/custom.css <pod-id>


  • The ui pod must be up to upload. If there are multiple UI pods in your environment, you must upload to any of them, b/c all of them are using the same persistent volume attached.
  • /usr/local/tomcat/webapps/static/ in pod is already mounted to some volume on the box. So, after a pod is recreated it will mount the same volume with data.

Getting Started with CSS

Tip: One of the ways to work with CSS is using Firebug.

The most of styles are described in the following file:


User can also create custom CSS and apply it to OpenIAM instance.

To override the logo on the login page, override the .llogo class:

.llogo {
background-image: url(/openiam-ui-static/images/common/llogo.png);
width: 273px;
height: 114px;

Note: In OpenIAM v4.x you can also upload different logos right from UI theme edit.

The HTML code looks like this on the login page:

<div id="llogo">
<a class="logo llogo" href="javascript:void(0);">Openiam</a>

To define a new logo on all other pages, override the .slogo class:

.slogo {
background-image: url(/openiam-ui-static/images/common/logo.png);
width: 110px;
height: 41px;

Here is the equivalent HTML:

<div id="logo">
<a class="logo slogo" href="">Openiam</a>

Changing Background

Background for the Login/Logout pages - The style rule below will be applied to the HTML element with id="pagebg":


Background for Top, Middle, and Bottom sections of the page when you're logged in - are controlled by the style rule below. It is applied to the HTML elements with id="top," "middle," "bottom":

background:url(../../images/common/topbg.jpg) repeat-x;
margin-bottom: 10px;
background:url(../../images/common/middlebg.jpg) repeat;
position: relative;
background:url(../../images/common/footbg.jpg) repeat-x;

Background inside the Content frame - The .openiam-client-frame class is added to the <body> of the document in the iframe.

It's a placeholder in case you want to style the iframe specifically.

<body class="openiam-client-frame">

Changing footer and copyrights

There is no need to configure a CSS file to change Footer and Copyright.

You can do it via system configuration page.

Go to webconsole -> Administration -> System Configuration -> UI tab and scroll to Footer.

Here, you can change the attributes to the extent you need.

Uploading static content

To use your own static content and use it in the theme, perform the following steps.

  1. Create a folder on server and add all permissions to it:
root@AZ07-SECIAM-01P:/usr/local/openiam-docker-compose# cd ..
root@AZ07-SECIAM-01P:/usr/local/openiam# -R 777 static_data/

Then, add a .css to this folder

root@AZ07-SECIAM-01P:/usr/local/openiam/static_data@ 1s custom.css
  1. Navigate to docket-compose.yaml

Add the below line

Docker line to add

  1. After .yaml file change, you will have to redeploy.

  2. Go to Access Control -> Content Providers in WebConsole.

Select content provider in use

Add URI pattern, as shown below.

URI Pattern

URI Patter for CP

Be sure to leave Application path field blank.

Save the pattern and check - your pattern should be added to the list as follows:

URI Pattern Added

  1. Go to Administration -> UI Themes

UI Theme

Under Content provider -> select UI Theme

Select Theme

Afterwards, press Ctrl + F5 to reload cache.