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This function returns the path to the account's local.css file.


cPanel API 2's Branding module only modifies data for the x3 theme. To customize the Paper Lantern theme, use UAPI functions. For more information, read our Guide to cPanel Interface Customization and Branding documentation.


We strongly recommend that you use UAPI instead of cPanel API 2. However, no equivalent UAPI function exists.





 For more information, read our Calls from the WHM API documentation.

 LiveAPI PHP Class
$cpanel = new CPANEL(); // Connect to cPanel - only do this once.
// Get the path to the account's local.css file.
$get_css_path = $cpanel->api2(
    'Branding', 'resolvelocalcss',
            'getcss'      => '1',


For more information, read our Guide to the LiveAPI System.


 LiveAPI Perl Module
my $cpliveapi = Cpanel::LiveAPI->new(); # Connect to cPanel - only do this once.
# Get the path to the account's local.css file.
my $get_css_path = $cpliveapi->api2(
    'Branding', 'resolvelocalcss',
            'getcss'      => '1',


For more information, read our Guide to the LiveAPI System.


 cPanel Tag System (deprecated)


  • In cPanel & WHM version 11.30 and later, cPanel tags are deprecated. We strongly recommend that you only use the LiveAPI system to call the cPanel APIs. Examples are only present in order to help developers move from the old cPanel tag system to our LiveAPI.
  • cPanel API 2 calls that use cPanel tags vary in code syntax and in their output.
  • For more information, read our Deprecated cPanel Tag Usage documentation.

 Command Line
cpapi2 --user=username Branding resolvelocalcss getcss=1


  • You must URI-encode values.
  • username represents your account-level username.
  • You must run the --user=username command.
  • For more information and additional output options, read our Guide to cPanel API 2 documentation or run the cpapi2 --help command.
  • If you run CloudLinux™, you must use the full path of the cpapi2 command:


 Output (JSON)
  "cpanelresult": {
    "apiversion": 2,
    "func": "resolvelocalcss",
    "data": [
        "css": "",
        "file": "local.css",
        "path": "/home/exampleuser/cpanelbranding/x3//local.css",
        "exists": 0
    "event": {
      "result": 1
    "module": "Branding"


Use cPanel's API Shell interface (cPanel >> Home >> Advanced >> API Shell) to directly test cPanel API calls.



InputTypeDescriptionPossible valuesExample

Whether to return the file's contents in the css output parameter.

This parameter defaults to 0.

  • 1 — Return the contents.
  • 0 — Do not return the contents.




ReturnTypeDescriptionPossible valuesExample


stringThe local.css file's contents, if the getcss parameter's value is 1.
  • CSS code.
  • A blank value, if the file does not exist or is blank.
a:hover{color:#666;text-decoration:underline; }


stringThe local.css file's name.The name of a .css file.local.css
pathstringThe path to the file.
  • The path to the local.css file, relative to the user's home directory.
  • The most appropriate location in which to create the file, if the file does not exist.
existsBooleanWhether the file exists.
  • 1 — The file exists.
  • 0 — The file does not exist.

Whether the function succeeded.

  • 1 — The function succeeded.
  • 0 — The function failed.