The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.

I tried to upload a Wordpress theme from Envato and got this error message.
The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.

How do I fix it or should I ask for a refund?


You can follow this guideline for installing your wordpress


Hi @PDXMechanics

Make sure you select the “Installable WordPress file only” option. If you select “All files & documentation”, you will not be able to install this zip as is. Instead unzip the file and then locate the installable theme file within it. Luckily most developers clearly label their files, so it should be pretty easy to find.

you can check this helpful article stylesheet error


I have envato elements. When I try to download themes, I do not get a dropdown menu. I just get an option to download under a project. Can someone help me?

I too have the same problem. Is that because we downloaded from evanto rather than theme forest? I assume the envanto is a demo while theme forest is the actual PHP version?

Envato own elements and themeforest

They are different marketplaces so files are stored in different places.

99% sure that if you are getting that error then either:

A) you are not using a WP theme OR

B) you are trying to install the whole download and not only the theme folder

Hi Charlie,

The link below is for the one I am trying on Envanto

And when I try run the HTML file from both Fizella and with WP itself i too get the error message or one about no valid header as it missing a header Php

HTML template - it will not work on WordPress

Here is the WP version MiniMag - Magazine and Blog WordPress Theme by AtiX | ThemeForest

I do not have the option of “Installable WordPress file only”. I only have the other three options available. Did I get screwed by the maker of this theme?

If you do not have that option then it is almost certsinly not a WP theme. What is the item link?

Hi Charlie,

I assume then that even though it is free on envanto elements you have to pay for it here on Themeforest despite the link between the two sites?

If you bought an HTML theme and not the wordpress version of the theme, how can you have the nerve to say did I get screwed by the maker of the theme? When clearly it would appear you bought the wrong version. Just my thought :wink:

I don’t understand - why would you pay for it if you have a subscription to Elements?

Just download the WP version not the HTML template and use that? MiniMag - Magazine and Blog WordPress Theme by AtiX on Envato Elements

One of the reasons you may receive this error is if you have uploaded the incorrect file. You have 2 options for downloading your theme. Same thing happened with me too on my site
Installable WordPress file only.

All files and documentation (full zip folder). You will need to extract and locate the installable WordPress file.