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Respondus LockDown Browser

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About Respondus

Respondus LockDown Browser is a web browser that lets students take tests in Canvas using their own computers, but restricts access to other programs and websites while testing is in progress.

Get Started


A few days before your first test:

  1. Download and install the LockDown Browser on the computer you will use when taking tests in class ONLY from the link below

LockDown Browser

No Linux, iPad, Chromebook, or Android support at this time. Check with your instructor if you don’t have a Mac or Windows laptop. 

Mac Users: if you’re asked to update the LockDown Browser, ignore this request and reinstall from the link above instead. 

2. Faculty will create a sample quiz for you to complete. You MUST complete this sample quiz on the laptop you plan to use to take the actual test. You will not be able to take the actual test until you have completed this step. If this sample quiz is not available in your Canvas course, talk to your instructor. 


Want your Canvas course enabled for Respondus? Follow these steps:

1. Contact the ITS Service Desk at We’ll enable Respondus for your course.

2.  Watch a brief video tutorial and read through the Lockdown Browser F.A.Q. 

3. Create a ungraded, practice quiz for students. Make sure the quiz is accessible for the length of the course so students can test the LockDown Browser again if they need to use a different computer.

4. Put the following sample text in your syllabus to prepare students to take exams using the Lockdown Browser:


Using LockDown Browser for Online Exams

This course requires the use of LockDown Browser for online exams. Watch this short video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the optional webcam feature (which may be required for some exams).

Then download and install LockDown Browser from this link:

To take an online test, start LockDown Browser and navigate to the exam. (You won’t be able to access the exam with a standard web browser.) For additional details on using LockDown Browser, review this Student Quick Start Guide (PDF).

Finally, when taking an online exam, follow these guidelines:

  • Ensure you’re in a location where you won’t be interrupted
  • Turn off all mobile devices, phones, etc.
  • Clear your desk of all external materials - books, papers, other computers, or devices
  • Remain at your desk or workstation for the duration of the test
  • LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are complete and submitted


Need more help? Visit the Respondus Knowledge Base or e-mail the Service Desk at