Edited css not updated in XAMPP

Joomla Asked by advait-varma on December 9, 2021

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.

One Answer

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

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 JoomlaCMSHTMLHTMLHelper;

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

Answered by pe7er on December 9, 2021

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