Evolution skin

A new skin for the mobile age

Over the past year, we've been working hard to create a new look to DirectAdmin. We've called this new skin Evolution.
This new skin will have a similar feel to our new directadmin.com website.

The changes brought forward with this new skin are far more than just the skin instelf, but also how it communicates with DirectAdmin. We've added almost 100% json support in DirectAdmin, allowing for in-page editing. This should also open up many options for plugin/script designers as they no longer need to rely only on the CMD_API calls. The GUI CMD_ calls can be used by simply adding json=yes to the request.



Use the usual demo_admin, demo_reseller or demo logins, with password demo.


Should you find any issues, or have suggestions, please post them to the Evolution section of the forum.
We're not yet ready for full support coverage, so please refrain from email us or creating tickets regarding the skin.


  • Bug hunting
  • Make skin responsive (css resize for tablets)
Last Updated: Jan 2, 2018

After we get some feedback about the demo and finish up a few lose ends, we'll release an Beta version for public testing. For each step, if anyone is testing on their system, be sure to grab the latest pre-release binaries, as major internal changes have been made in DirectAdmin to accomodate the new skin.

Public Alpha

The Evolution skin is now open for public alpha tesing. You can find the URL here:


To install it or update it:
  1. Always grab the latest DA pre-release binaries, as it contains up to date json/feature changes needed by the new skin:
  2. Install/Update the skin:

    Reseller Level » Skin Manager » Upload New Skin


    cd /usr/local/directadmin/data/skins
    mkdir evolution
    cd evolution
    wget -O evolution.tar.gz http://demo.directadmin.com/download/evolution.tar.gz
    tar xvzf evolution.tar.gz
    cd ..
    chown -R diradmin:diradmin evolution

  3. Until we include the skin with DirectAdmin, we do recommend a browser hard-reload using


    to ensure it has cached all of the latest assets (js/css/pot).
  4. Report any issues to the forum: http://forum.directadmin.com/forumdisplay.php?f=93 (avoid email/tickets for now)
Have fun! :)


You can find a .po translation guide for the Evolution skin in the KnowledgeBase:

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