Canvas and its hosting infrastructure are designed for maximum compatibility and minimal requirements.

Screen Size

  • A minimum of 1024x600. That is the average size of a netbook. You probably won't want to view Canvas on a smaller screen than that.

Operating Systems

  • Windows XP SP3 and newer

  • Windows 7

  • Windows 8

  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer

  • Linux - Chrome OS

Mobile OS Native App Support

  • iOS 5 and newer

  • Android 2.3 and newer

Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible

  • 1GB of RAM

  • 2GHz processor

Internet Speed

  • Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.

  • Minimum of 512kbps

Screen Readers

  • Latest version of JAWS for Internet Explorer 9 & 10 and Firefox

  • Latest version of VoiceOver for Safari

  • There is no screen reader support for Chrome


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.

As of July 3, 2013, we support the following browsers and Flash versions:

  • Internet Explorer 9 and 10

  • Chrome 25, 26, and 27

  • Safari 5 and 6

  • Firefox 20, 21, and 22

  • Flash 9, 10, and 11 (if you want to use the audio/video recording or viewing feature or upload files)

Some supported browsers may still produce a banner stating "Your browser does not meet the minimum requirements for Canvas." If you have upgraded your browser but you are still seeing the warning banner, try logging out of Canvas and deleting your browser cookies.

Flash 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.

The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences. Otherwise, there are no other browser plug-ins used by Canvas.

The Canvas UI was optimized for desktop displays, small form factors such as phones may not be as pleasant to use Canvas with. We recommend trying our Mobile Apps for iOS or Android devices.

There are only two hard requirements:

  • You have to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

  • No versions prior to IE 9—they're just too old to be able to do the interactive things Canvas does.