Canvas computer requirements
What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?This is a list of basic computer system requirements to use Canvas. It is always recommended to use the most up-to-date versions and better connections. Canvas will still run with the minimum specifications, but you may experience slower loading times. Find out more about Computer Specifications
Which browsers does Canvas support?Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.
Canvas supports the last two versions of every browser release. We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plug-in. Find out more about Supported Browsers
Required ComponentsFlash is required in several places in Canvas: media recording/streaming and viewing as well as uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas.
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The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences. Please note that some browsers do not support Java. Otherwise, there are no other browser plug-ins used by Canvas.
Verify Java and Find Out-of-Date Versions
Adobe Reader software is the free global standard for reliably viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents. It's the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all types of PDF content, including forms and multimedia.
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Additional ComponentsBlackboard Collaborate
Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaboration platform providing web conferencing, mobile collaboration, instant messaging, and voice authoring.
Click here for the Collaborate v12.5 Configuration Room.
Respondus Lockdown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing Canvas. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications.
LockDown Browser System Requirements