Could not find an XML setup file in the package

by Elaine on June 3, 2010

If you Install a Joomla template and it takes forever.  That’s a sign that something is wrong.  Uploading and installing a template should take less than 5 minutes.  If you get an error message that says :

Error! Could not find an XML setup file in the package

Unable to find install package

There are many reasons why you are not able to install a Joomla template.

  1. Make sure you are installing a Joomla template suitable for your Joomla installation – Typically 1.5+
  2. Your real template file is zipped up in the file.
  3. Or finally, it’s not a complete Joomla file.

The most common reason for getting that Joomla Template installation error message is point 2 – Look at the contents of your file.   You might find the contents of your zip file contains more zip files.  Your real template zip is one of those.   You’ll have to identify your real real template – example –   A template file contains directories:

  • admin
  • css
  • custom
  • features
  • html
  • images
  • js
  • lib
  • params

Files include:

  • component.php
  • htaccess.txt
  • index.php
  • parmas.ini

After you identify your real template zip file in the main zip file, unzip it to your computer.    For example – unzip to your computer and upload and install that in your Extensions Manager.   Sounds complicated, but leave a comment if you have any questions.

 Could not find an XML setup file in the package


Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and Wordpress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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Alaa Hanna March 20, 2011 at 1:48 am

im using Joomla 1.6 and get this msg when i try to install some kind of modules
JInstaller: :Install: Cannot find Joomla XML setup file
help plz!


Elaine March 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Hi Alaa,
Which module is it, is it Joomla 1.6 compatible?


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