Remove: Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.

September 6, 2008 at 4:53 pm 67 comments


After searching….here is the solution to remove “Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License” from Joomla1.5 footer:

> go to the core files

> modules\mod_footer\tmpl\default.php

Line #4 either comment it or delete it as you wish.

Save it!

>> One another way

Go to the core files >> Languages >> en-GB >> en-GB.mod_footer.ini

You will find following codes there, modify here:

FOOTER_LINE1=Copyright © %date% %sitename%. All Rights Reserved.
FOOTER_LINE2=Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.

THIS MODULE SHOWS THE JOOMLA! COPYRIGHT INFORMATION=This Module shows the Joomla! Copyright information

Check on browser 🙂

Wiill work


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67 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lilceda  |  September 12, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    wowo good thank you

  • 2. skoovee  |  September 16, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Great yaaa!!! Thank u so much….

  • 3. joomla  |  September 19, 2008 at 8:46 am

    not working for me 😦 I’m using joomla 1.5.7

  • 4. bigbush  |  September 21, 2008 at 5:17 am

    @joomla: did you find the file in question?

    open this file to edit it…

    delete line 4 (or put after what’s already there

    In the end, it should look like this:

    <!– –>

  • 5. Ghlegs  |  October 3, 2008 at 3:36 am

    >not working for me 😦 I’m using joomla 1.5.7

    Probably u did something wrong, just comment the 4th line

  • 6. Sugandh Mishra  |  October 6, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    This is a tested method working 100% try it:
    Go to the core files >> Languages >> en-GB.mod_footer.ini || modify it there.

    FOOTER_LINE1=Copyright © %date% %sitename%. All Rights Reserved.
    FOOTER_LINE2=Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.
    THIS MODULE SHOWS THE JOOMLA! COPYRIGHT INFORMATION=This Module shows the Joomla! Copyright information

    OR, another way to do it is:

    Go to yourtemplate/index.php >> bottom of page || change it there.


    Enjoy! 😉

  • 7. Richard  |  October 7, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Hi, I´m using Joomla 1.5.7 and this method is not working for me either. I have tried to comment out and delete line 4, but to no avail.

  • 8. Kurdy  |  October 8, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Thank you very much

  • 9. Dan  |  October 12, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Works great. Thanks!

  • 10. Anders  |  October 14, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you. it works on my joomla!1.5.3

  • 11. Tim  |  October 18, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Not working for me either (1.5.7)

    default.php is this:

    It worked for me when I used 1.5.3

  • 12. Tim  |  October 18, 2008 at 12:52 am

    >>>>defined(‘_JEXEC’) or die(‘Restricted access’); ?>

  • 13. Tim  |  October 18, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Sorry can’t get it to display the code but it’s not like 1.5.3

    p hp // no direct access
    d efined(‘_JEXEC’) or die(‘Restricted access’) ?
    d iv ?php echo $lineone; ?>
    d iv ?php echo JText::_( ‘FOOTER_LINE2’ ) ? div

  • 14. Geoff  |  November 16, 2008 at 2:13 am

    No, doesn’t work!

    J1.5.7 is not like this. Just says Jtext ‘ Footer_line2’ ? Div

  • 15. Ram  |  November 21, 2008 at 2:24 am

    You need to clear your cache to update the footer. On Admin Panel, select Tools, Clean Cache and pick footer.

  • 16. Malicai  |  December 17, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Dude Thanks!!! The GB INI was the spot

  • 17. pandu  |  February 2, 2009 at 7:01 am

    that’s work for me…thx

  • 18. roween  |  February 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I want to change the copyright information which is in Admin section
    “Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.”

    I want to change this information on Administrator section.

    Please help me!

    • 19. Mukesh  |  February 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Roween,

      Thanks for your comment, here is a solution to remove Joomla Copyright information from joomla if you using Khepri template(by default joomla use this)

      >> Open cpanel.php follow this path to open –> administrator\templates\khepri\cpanel.php
      >> Find this on line number 103-104
      >> Either delete or comment both line.

      Need anymore help please let me know.



  • 20. Roween  |  February 21, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    thank you so much Mukesh. it helped me alot.

  • 21. jabberwocky Plumlington  |  March 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks excellent tip.

  • 22. Warthog  |  April 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    i’m using 1.5.10 i think or 1.5.7, this works:

    > go to the core files

    > modules\mod_footer\tmpl\default.php

    i changed the original file to my own website saved it locally and uploaded it to the server, it worked.

    Thank you everybody!!! Took me the whole day trying to solve this.

    You guys are great!

  • 23. Mohit  |  April 20, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Thank you very much Warthog… I’m using 1.5.10.. Tried various methods… But none worked perfect for me… I followed your method and voila! It did the trick…

  • 24. Nelvine  |  May 7, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Hae, am looking for a way someone can change the Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License. but I dont want to remove the footer module completely, can someone help me pliz?

    • 25. Shuja Aria  |  December 12, 2009 at 4:47 pm

      Hello Nelvine,
      Following is the steps to remove the Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License, but keeping the footer active.

      The Sentence is located in languages files in Mod_footer.ini in following location.

      Joomla Root Directory – Languages – enGB – en-GB.mod_footer.ini

      Open the file with Notepad or other editor , edit or remove: Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License with your own text and then save. After saving uplaod the files to its original location on your server, if you are asked to overwirte the file, select Yes.

      Becarefull not to delete or misplace any other scripts other than the text, any changes to the scrip can make a new function to the footer.

      Thats it. Let me know if you have any more questions.


  • 26. cssmantra  |  May 12, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    sure nelvine please mail me your details

  • 27. opponnesy  |  December 12, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Looks like you are a true professional. Did ya study about the issue? lawl

  • 28. muamer  |  December 30, 2009 at 4:35 am

    i try all metods,but didn’t work for me…i have delete from languange/….,from mod_foot…. but didn’t work for me…can you help to me please!!

  • 29. Swanidhi Singh  |  May 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Dear Muamer and other friends.. facing trouble removing it..

    I am currently using Joomla ! 1.5.7

    You can remove it the following method

    Joomla Root Directory(where it has been installed) – Languages – enGB – en-GB.mod_footer.ini

    Delete/edit content of Footer_line2
    Save it and refresh your page and you are good to go.
    DONOT Delete FOOTER_LINE2. delete only its content.

    Hope this helps.

  • 30. sblessley  |  September 8, 2010 at 5:50 am

    This is the cleanest method of several I’ve read. It also has the benefit of not losing breadcrumbs when they’re in the footer.

  • 31. AnggaRifandi  |  December 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I’m currently using Joomla! 1.5.22 and have problem while remove backend footer.

    I’ve done what you said above, and success to remove the copyright, but after I choose another menu (e.g Components > Banners) the Joomla! link to appear before my changed copyright.

    Can you help me to solve this problem.

    What I’ve done before:
    – Change the language pack (en-GB.mod_footer.ini) in administrator area

    – Try to remove ISFREESOFTWARE from cpanel.php

    Can you help me. Thanks

  • 32. Shuja Aria  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Hello Angga,
    Here is how you will remove the copyright notice from admin section:

    Use FTP or HTTP and browse to following files:
    Administrator – templates – select the template you are using, the default template for joomla admin is “khepri”. open and edit index.php and cpanel.php. You can find the joomla copyright info at the last part these files in “” Tag.

    if you want to edit copyright information in admin login page as well, then edit the file login.php.

    That should work and help you.

    Thank you,
    Shuja Aria

  • 33. gclegaspi  |  March 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

  • 34. kafkaian  |  May 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    So how would you change css or format of mod-footer to stop bunching up etc?

    • 35. kafkaian  |  May 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Ignore. See below

  • 36. kafkaian  |  May 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Ignore last comment. I specified footer div as hence the output bunching.

  • 37. Hector  |  July 5, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    very useful thanks..!!

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    That was very helpful. Thanks a lot 🙂

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  • 42. yogs  |  October 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    great work thanks

  • 43. Alica Bayern  |  November 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I have seen your message regarding the removal of Joomla Seo by ACE SEF but it doesnt work in 1.7 version of ACE SEF can you guide me for that.

  • 44. ikram  |  November 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    plz somebody tell me is this legal to remove joomla copyright from admin panel.. and all pages where it displays

    • 45. Shuja  |  July 16, 2013 at 10:55 am

      I dont think Joomla has any problem with removing its copyright info either in back-end or front-end.


  • 46. Xây Nhà trọn goi  |  January 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    i can do it, my site is, i use joomart template!help me

  • 47. Daily-Links  |  February 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Its working perfect for me. thanks.

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    gr8, thanks

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      I am not author of this blog, but thought to give you some advise.

      It depends what kind of website you are looking at. You can pretty develop any kind of website using free CMS such as Joomla and WordPress and then to purchase individual components or plugins as per your requirement.

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