I have made some changes (colours, etc...) in the appearance customize from my child theme, is actually working as is just applying to my child, but when I open the style.css from my child I don't see any change, where these changes are?

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If you mean the WordPress Customizer: These changes are not saved to the style.css, but they come most likely to be found shortly before </head>. Probably you will find there something like

//definitions via Customizer
  • thanks, but on which file are the changes saved?
    – sergio
    May 5, 2015 at 15:57
  • I have just three files in my child, rtl.css functions.php and style.css, and changes made in the appearance are just applied for my child, as when I activate the parent, I can see the changes are not there, which is correct for me...
    – sergio
    May 5, 2015 at 15:59
  • they are saved in the database and get injected via php. no files get changed here. May 5, 2015 at 16:03
  • understand, thanks, so there is a db specific for the child? so the style.css file is just used to make changes manually? thanks in advance (I am new in wordpress :) )
    – sergio
    May 5, 2015 at 16:36
  • i see. no. basically the style.css is getting displayed. if you change settings in the WordPress Customizer (codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Customization_API), these changes are stored in the DB and outputted inline after the style.css. By this, they overwrite the style.css settings. May 5, 2015 at 16:38

The theme changes in customizer are applied inline or before the </head> to your WordPress site.

Technically speaking there are three hooks: $wp_customize customize_register wp_head which are used by theme developers to include the changes directly to theme without using the default style.css

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