I am trying to override the layout views of com_users in the admin side.

I have copied all view of com_users ie:


and copied it to the administrator template ie:


however no changes reflect on changing the template files , what am I doing wrong?

2 Answers 2


I think you might have got muddled up with the template.

If you're trying to override the view for the front-end of your website, you need to copy the view files to the front-end template. By default, it will be Protostar, not Isis

You have 5 different views with the com_users component:

  • Login
  • Profile
  • Registration
  • Remind
  • Reset

So if you want to override the Login view, you need to copy the PHP files from here:


and your end result will be:


Hope this helps

  • Got it , i was copying the tmpl folder too which was causing the issues ! Dec 29, 2015 at 15:16
  • Ahh yes, this can catch people out sometimes :)
    – Lodder
    Dec 29, 2015 at 15:16
  • Just one more thing , how can 'amodule' in a view file ? Dec 29, 2015 at 15:18
  • @jimmyobonyo - I'm not sure what you mean by this...could you explain please?
    – Lodder
    Dec 29, 2015 at 15:19
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    @jimmyobonyo - I'd firstly have a look at JModuleHelper::renderModule which does this. Then ask a new question if you have any issues with it ;)
    – Lodder
    Dec 29, 2015 at 15:24

You should not copy the full view folder, only the template files of a particular view, that you want to override.

So for example, the following file needs to be copied:


and placed in:


The difference here is that you should not include the tmpl folder, inside the overrides folder.

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    @lodder - thanks for the edit .. I was looking at the paths and knew that I was missing something... but for some reason I was unable to realize it.
    – FFrewin
    Dec 29, 2015 at 15:22

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