I am new to Joomla and just downloaded a template (from my company) and deployed it on XAMPP.

When I try to edit the CSS and refresh the page, the css does not get updated. I have tried clearing the cache and refreshing, but no such luck.

  • Welcome to JSE. Which template are you using? Which CSS file are you trying to edit? Where did you edit it? – Lodder Jun 23 at 6:57
  • i am using a custom template from my company, i inspected the element in the browser and edited the respective css file in my localhost – advait-varma Jun 23 at 6:59
  • Welcome to JSE, please take our tour. Have you seen this? Xampp and Ampps don't reload files when changed And this page talks about cache config settings: joomlashack.com/blog/joomla/… And here is Joomla docs page regarding caching: docs.joomla.org/…. – mickmackusa Jun 23 at 6:59
  • Are you absolutely certain that your edit file being saved? ...this is a "sanity check" request for confirmation from you. Is the css file modification timestamp changed in your system? – mickmackusa Jun 23 at 7:08
  • Yes, i just checked once more and i can see the timestamp, i even opened the file again to check if the changes were made and it was there – advait-varma Jun 23 at 7:12

Joomla's default Protostar template includes CSS files with

JHtml::_('stylesheet', 'template.css', array('version' => 'auto', 'relative' => true));

The ['version' => 'auto'] adds a media version MD5 hash as token to the file. The media version is regenerated by Joomla whenever anything is installed on the Joomla instance. See https://docs.joomla.org/J3.x:Adding_JavaScript_and_CSS_to_the_page#.24options_and_.24attributes_Parameters

The media version does NOT change when you make changes in your CSS. You could add your own timestamp to force a browser to re-load the CSS instead using it from cache.

In your template's index.php you could add something like:

use Joomla\CMS\HTML\HTMLHelper;

        'version'  => filemtime(JPATH_THEMES
            . '/your-template/css/your-css-file.css'),
        'relative' => true

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