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Technical Requirements for Online Courses

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​Here are some basic requirements for Canvas:

Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 and newer
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  • Linux - ChromeOS
  • iOS 7 and newer (versions vary by device)
  • Android 4.2 and newer​

Internet Browsers

  • Chrome 64 and 65

  • Firefox 58 or higher(Extended Releases are not supported)

  • Flash 28 or higher (used for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)

  • Internet ​​Explorer 11 (Windows only—functionally supported; may exhibit slight visual differences from other browsers, but these differences do not restrict product functionality or accessibility)​​

  • Edge 40 and 41 (Windows only)

  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)

  • Safari 10 and 11 (Macintosh only)

Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible


Internet Speed

  • Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
  • Minimum of 512k​


  • The latest versions of JAWS, VoiceOver​ and NVDA


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Internet Explorer​
Flash Plug-In​​​
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Screen Readers:
  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)​