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Theme is missing the style.css stylesheet error

A common issue that can occur when installing a WordPress themes is “The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.” error message being displayed when uploading or activating the theme.

You will need to extract/unzip the theme package first that you’ve download.
The package inside including ‘parent theme’, ‘child theme’, demo data and documentation.

Make sure you are uploading only the installable theme (that inside the package you download which is called theme-name.zip) through your WordPress admin section.

When you have uploaded the theme, you will need to activate the theme itself.

4 thoughts on “Theme is missing the style.css stylesheet error

  1. Ronald Jones says:

    You might add to this page, because it was relevant for my fix, that this error can be caused when uploading the GeneratePress theme. It is actually a plugin and not theme zip.

    https://docs.generatepress.com/article/missing-style-css/

    1. brian smithyst says:

      I can’t, for the life of me, install the Classima theme’s classified version. It keeps doing the missing css but it shouldn’t be :/. I created a support ticket

      1. brian smithyst says:

        i don’t know how to erase my comment. i figured out i was just being retarded

        1. Festinger says:

          I am glad you’ve fixed the issue 🙂

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