Have Lightning Community design token stopped working in Winter 21?

We have a defaultTokens bundle with the following code:

<aura:tokens extends="force:base"> <aura:token name="brandColor1" value="{!colorTextLink}"/> </aura:tokens>

This is displaying the correct background color as entered into the Community Theme 'Link Color'

Community Theme Colors Setting

As per https://developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.lightning.meta/lightning/tokens_standard_communities.htm

However, we are now seeing that when we change the Link Color in the Community Theme, and publish the changes, the colours do not update.

The css renders as:

var(--c-brandColor1, rgb(255, 183, 93))

The default colour (rgb(255,183,93)) is the 'correct' new colour assigned to Link Color but the colour 'stored' in the -c-brandColor1 variable is still the old colour.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated...

  • Yes we tried forceCommunity:base
    – Moggy
    Sep 14, 2020 at 15:25
  • I've modified the header to <aura:tokens extends="forceCommunity:base"> but this does not seem to work either - is that what you've found too Moggy?
    – Dan Branch
    Sep 14, 2020 at 16:00
  • I have this same issue. Sep 14, 2020 at 16:23
  • Same issue here Sep 15, 2020 at 7:38
  • Same issue here
    – Wookie88
    Sep 15, 2020 at 7:46

1 Answer 1


This is a bug in Winter '21. Here is the Known Issue link if you want to track the progress. In the meantime, as a workaround, you can update the components to reference colorTextLink directly instead of "brandColor1".

  • This is great thanks Anudeep, but it appears these direct tokens are only available for fill and color properties and not background
    – Dan Branch
    Sep 15, 2020 at 13:11
  • Thx Anudeep, but the known issue was created after this post.
    – Moggy
    Sep 15, 2020 at 17:41

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