18 of the best Free BuddyPress Themes

May 05 2011 - 4 MINS READ

Note: For an updated list of themes, please read: 10 Fantastic Free BuddyPress Themes For Your Community Site (2015 Edition).

When you first install BuddyPress into your WordPress site, it only comes with the default theme.  To make your site truly our own, you may want to install a theme to enhance the look of your site and make it unique.  Below is a list of BuddyPress themes whose designs impressed us.  All of these themes are free to download and install on your site.


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BuddyBasic is a streamlined but highly functional framework for developers to use to build BuddyPress themes. It also serves as a good default theme.

Solitude | DemoDownload

The solitude theme features a two column fixed layout with a jQuery powered slider for the frontpage. This theme is easily configured through the themes option panel, and the theme is fully widgetized.

Ines | DemoDownload

Ines is a flowery BuddyPress template with sliders. It has a built-in social networking features such as a flickr panel and other features. The theme is fully widgetized.

Cosmic Buddy | DemoDownload

Cosmic Buddy is inspired from old orkut theme. It has a clean, elegant feel and a light blue color-scheme.

Bruce | Demo Download

Bruce has an extensive option board, clean color scheme and is based on a grid layout. There are built in sliders on the front page – such as login slider, featured posts, and a tabbed slider. It is powered by the jQuery framework.

New Yorker | DemoDownload

New Yorker is a magazine-styled theme. It features a stylish fluid three columns layout.

Early Morning | DemoDownload

Early Morning is a child theme for the WordPress theme Buddymatic.  It was created by Christi Antohe.

Spyker | DemoDownload

Spyker is a car-inspired theme for BuddyPress. This theme is gray-colored with light wooden effects.

Speed | DemoDownload

Speed is a TopGear-inspired theme. It features a three column, magazine-style, fluid layout.

Detox | Demo | Download

Detox is a magazine-style theme.  It has flickr support, pagenavi support, a frontpage slider, an options panel, and related posts. Recent comments are also built into the theme.

Ice Sports | Demo | Download

This is a grey/yellow-colored sports-style theme.  It is fully compatible with BuddyPress 1.2.

Sophia | Demo | Download

Sophia is a child theme created by Ian Stewart for Thematic. It is an elegant, minimalist theme.

Blogcastor | Demo | Download

Blogcastor is a simple designed theme with clean lines. It is a suitable theme for someone who wants to build a social networking site. It has multiple widget options and a lot of customization options.

Malleable | Demo | Download

Malleable is a child theme for the WordPress theme, Hybrid.

Fishbook | DemoDownload

Fishbook is a Facebook-inspired BuddyPress theme created by Michael Kuhlmann.

Bleeding | Demo | Download

Bleeding is a clean and well-structured BuddyPress child theme. It is not a standalone theme and needs the bp-sn-parent theme.

Avenue K9 | Demo | Download

Avenue K9 is a bright theme based on the default BuddyPress theme framework and is created by Michael Kuhlmann.

Magazine | Demo | Download

The Magazine theme, as it's name suggests, is a magazine-styled theme.  It has common magazine theme features such as a slideshow and featured categories.