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Updated on February 28, 2023

Sensei LMS Theming

A comprehensive guide to theming in Sensei LMS.

If your Sensei LMS content isn’t displaying how it should, please check out Sensei & Theme Compatibility.

Sensei LMS’s templating system is simple for developers to understand and to customize in their theme. You will find Sensei LMS’s template folder in the plugin’s root directory, under /templates/ – this is the folder that contains all the HTML that Sensei LMS will output on the frontend.

You can override any of the templates found in this folder by copying them to /yourthemefolder/sensei/ and editing the files there. Sensei LMS will automatically load any template files you have in that folder, and use them instead of its default template files.

Note: if you’re using a template which resides in a subdirectory of the /templates/ directory, you must preserve that subdirectory in /yourthemefolder/.  So, to customize the header.php file found in templates/emails, your theme directory would look like this:


This is the safest way to make changes to Sensei LMS’s templates, as it means that your changes will not be overwritten when Sensei LMS is updated.

Making Changes

Before you continue to look at the file structure, please take a look at our template hooks. This will allow you to make the most of your customizations without ever touching the template files.

Course Archives

The course archive page is handled by the following files:

  • archive-course.php
  • loop-course.php
  • content-course.php

The archive will output all course with filters at the top which can be used to further filter the courses listed.

The URL for this page will be the same as the page set within Admin > Sensei > Settings > General > Course Archive Page.

Lesson Archives

The lesson archive page is handled by the following files:

  • archive-lesson.php
  • loop-lesson.php
  • content-lesson.php

These files will display a simple archive list of all lessons that have been created.

Single Course

The individual course page is handled by single-course.php

These files will output the individual course and its contents.

Single Lesson

The individual lesson page is handled by the following files:

  • single-lesson.php

These files will output the individual lesson and a link to the lesson quiz.

Single Quiz

The individual quiz page is handled by the single-quiz.php.

The following files are used by the single quiz page to output questions types:

  • /single-quiz/question-type-boolean.php (True/False questions)
  • /single-quiz/question-type-file-upload.php (File Upload questions)
  • /single-quiz/question-type-gap-fill.php (Gap Fill questions)
  • /single-quiz/question-type-multi-line.php (Multi Line questions)
  • /single-quiz/question-type-multiple-choice.php (Multiple Choice questions)
  • /single-quiz/question-type-single-line.php (Single Line questions)

These files will output the lessons quiz questions and handle submission of the users question answers.

Learner Profiles

The learner profile pages are handled by learner-profile.php

These files handle the display of the learner profiles.

Course Results

The course results page is handled by these template files:

  • course-results.php
  • course-results/lessons.php

These files handle the display of the course results.

Course Categories

The course category makes use of the course archive templates. See above.

My Courses

The My Courses page will show a list of the users Active Courses as well as their Completed Courses. The template file that is used is /user/my-courses.php.

Access Errors

If  a user does not have access to a specific area of the Course, Lesson, or Quiz, the output will be handled by no-permissions.php to display the relevant error message.