Deprecation: #100232 - $TBE_STYLES skinning functionality

See forge#100232


The global configuration array $TBE_STYLES has been deprecated in favor of a new setting $TYPO3_CONF_VARS['BE']['stylesheets']. Previously, before TYPO3 v6.0, $TBE_STYLES allowed for defining more styles within PHP instead of using CSS. However, now that CSS has become been much more powerful than 10 years ago, it is time to change the logic and also consolidate TYPO3's internal configuration settings.

This deprecation is in order to be more flexible for styling purposes, as the registration of custom stylesheets can now be handled on a per-project basis.

Extensions can use almost the same syntax, however registration is now done in an extension's ext_localconf.php to reduce loading times for ext_tables.php files.


Registration of backend styles via $GLOBALS['TBE_STYLES']['skins'] in an extension's ext_tables.php file will trigger a PHP deprecation notice.

Setting $GLOBALS['TBE_STYLES']['stylesheets']['admPanel'] will also trigger a deprecation notice every time the Admin Panel is loaded in the TYPO3 frontend.

Affected installations

TYPO3 installations with custom styling in the TYPO3 backend or the Admin Panel via $GLOBALS['TBE_STYLES'].


Migrate to the new configuration setting $GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['BE']['stylesheets'] which can be set per site or within an extension's ext_localconf.php.

For a custom stylesheet in the TYPO3 Admin Panel, it is recommended to use the new AdminPanel Module API (available since TYPO3 v9 LTS) where custom CSS and JavaScript files can be registered dynamically.