LockDown Browser Instructor Guide

LockDown Browser is a web browser that “locks down” what students can do during a quiz or exam in Canvas. When students use LockDown Browser during an assessment, they will be not be able to print or copy questions, visit other websites, access other applications, or close the assessment until it is submitted. Quizzes and exams created for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers.
Access Immediate You can access LockDown Browser setup through Canvas. You can also download LockDown Browser to test it out.
Cost Yes Free.
Bandwidth Yes Low demand on internet connections.
Canvas Integration Yes Works in coordination with Canvas.
Privacy Partial Verified by UBC’s Privacy Impact Assessment process, provided you follow the steps noted below.
Similar UBC-Supported Tools N LockDown Browser is the only centrally-supported tool for limiting what students can do in their browser during an online quiz or exam.

What can I use it for?

You can use LockDown Browser to help preserve academic integrity in Canvas quizzes and exams:

  • Restricting what students can do in their main browser (e.g., no printing, copying questions, accessing other websites)
  • Locking down in-person assessments, along with in-person invigilation
  • Sharing exam results and feedback with students in a locked-down environment

LockDown Browser is not meant to be used as a remote proctoring or invigilation tool.

A note about LockDown Browser

  • We do not recommend using LockDown Browser with Zoom. These two tools were not designed to be used in coordination and combining them can trigger challenging technical issues for a significant number of students. You can read about our recommendation against using Zoom with LockDown Browser for invigilation for additional information.
  • To comply with privacy requirements, you will need to use an advanced setting to lock students into LockDown Browser until the assessment is completed. This setting keeps student data protected throughout the assessment. For details, see the accordion bar “Require LockDown Browser for a Canvas Assessment” below.

This tool guide was last reviewed in March 2024 with version of LockDown Browser.

What do I need to use LockDown Browser?

A desktop or laptop computer with LockDown Browser (optional but recommended)

You can set up assessments in Canvas that use LockDown Browser without downloading it on your own computer. However, your students will need to download LockDown Browser, and you may wish to do so to test it out using the “Student View” in Canvas.

LockDown Browser can be downloaded for Windows or Mac. It can also be downloaded as an app for iPad, but we do not recommend allowing students to use an iPad, due to the technical difficulties that can occur.

Note that LockDown Browser works only on a desktop or laptop computer or iPad; Chromebook and other mobile devices do not work with LockDown Browser at UBC. You can view the minimum technical requirements for LockDown Browser on their support site.

A Canvas quiz

Canvas will always call your assessments a “quiz”, regardless of whether you want to assign a quiz or exam to your students. LockDown Browser works only with Canvas quizzes.


  • LockDown Browser only restricts what students can do on the device where they take the quiz or exam. It does not prevent students from using other devices or resources during an assessment, so additional invigilation is recommended for high-stakes, closed-book quizzes or exams.
  • UBC’s license does not include access to Respondus Monitor, a webcam feature designed to work with LockDown Browser. This limitation is in line with the March 2021 Senate decisions to restrict the use of remote proctoring software on both campuses.
  • LockDown Browser can be set up for use in labs. To get started with the Lab Edition of LockDown Browser, please contact us at the LT Hub.

How do I use LockDown Browser?

You first need to enable LockDown Browser in your Canvas course, then apply it to the specific Canvas quizzes you want locked down.

Click any accordion bar below for instructions and tips for using LockDown Browser.

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Enable LockDown Browser use in your Canvas course

You can enable Lockdown Browser for use in your Canvas course by adding it to your Course Navigation. This step is necessary to use LockDown Browser in Canvas.

  1. Log in to your Canvas course, and click Settings in the Course Navigation.
  2. Click the Navigation tab.
  3. Find the "LockDown Browser" menu item, select the options menu (the 3 vertical dots), and click Enable.
  4. Save your setting changes.
  5. You will now see the Lockdown Browser option in your Course Navigation. This navigation item is for managing the use of LockDown Browser in the course and will not be visible to students.

Prepare students for LockDown Browser assessments

  • Be clear and specific about your intent for using LockDown Browser. Consider explaining these points to students:
    • LockDown Browser is used to make sure the quiz or exam experience is fair for everyone by restricting your main browser and disabling other applications.
    • LockDown Browser runs as a separate program. You will need to download it ahead of time and can uninstall it when you are done.
    • LockDown Browser has passed UBC's Privacy Impact Assessment process, meaning it follows UBC and provincial privacy policies.
  • Provide a no-stakes practice quiz for students that uses LockDown Browser. This practice will allow everyone to download LockDown Browser and get familiar with the experience before using it in a high-stakes situation.
  • Be explicit about what restrictions you set around what will and will not be allowed on students’ computers during the assessment. Clarify procedures for opening spreadsheet editors or other tools for the assessment, if applicable.


  • Label a LockDown Browser practice quiz clearly. This labelling will inform students that they do not need to study anything before taking the practice quiz, and that it will not count towards their final grades (e.g., “Practice Your LockDown Browser Setup”).
  • Consider offering a small incentive for completing the practice quiz. The more students who practice, the less who will need help from you or the teaching team during the assessment period.
  • Encourage students to try out lots of actions during the practice quiz, mimicking what they might want to do in a real assessment. This allows students to experience what may happen during an assessment if they try to do anything that you have restricted (e.g., open a website).

Require LockDown Browser for a Canvas assessment

Canvas will always call your assessments a “quiz”, regardless of whether you want to assign a quiz or exam to your students. Follow the steps below to set up a Canvas quiz that requires students to use LockDown Browser.

  1. First, make sure you have a quiz or exam prepared in Canvas that you would like to use with LockDown Browser. Follow the steps for creating an assessment in Canvas for help.
    • Ensure that no emojis appear in the quiz titles of your Canvas course, as emojis will prevent the LockDown Browser settings from loading in Canvas. This restriction applies to all quizzes in your course, whether or not they use LockDown Browser.
  2. Once you've completed creating your quiz in Canvas, click LockDown Browser in the Course Navigation of your Canvas course.
    • If you don't see this option, follow the steps in the accordion bar above for enabling LockDown Browser in your course.
  3. Click to Authorize Respondus (the company that runs LockDown Browser) and, if prompted, Continue to LockDown Browser.
  4. Find the quiz you would like to have require LockDown Browser, click the down arrow to the left of it, and select Settings.
  5. Select Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.
  6. To comply with UBC privacy requirements, click Advanced Settings and check the Lock students into the browser until exam is completed box. This setting keeps student data protected throughout the assessment.
    • With this setting selected, you will also see a warning when a student exits LockDown Browser during an assessment. This warning should not be taken as evidence of misconduct; LockDown Browser may be closed for purely technical reasons.
  7. Modify optional settings, as appropriate to your context, which may include the following:
    • Access code for this exam - Add a password that students must enter before taking the assessment.
    • Require LockDown Browser to view post-exam feedback and results - Lock down students when they view quiz outcomes, to prevent them from printing or from copying the assessment questions. Note that students' grades and comments for the assessment will still be visible to them within the "Grades" section of the Canvas course, without using LockDown Browser.
    • Allow students to take this exam with an iPad - You will need to check this if you plan to let students take the assessment using the LockDown Browser app. However, since the app can behave unpredictably, we do not recommend enabling this option for students.
    • Allow access to specific external web domains - Allow students to use specific websites during the quiz or exam.
    • Enable Calculator on the toolbar - Enable a standard or scientific calculator in the LockDown Browser toolbar.
  8. When you are done, click Save + Close. When students see this quiz in Canvas, it will appear with "Requires Respondus LockDown Browser" after the quiz title, and they will need LockDown Browser to complete the assessment.


  • We do not recommend using LockDown Browser during an exam invigilated with Zoom. The tools were not designed to be used in coordination, and combining them can trigger challenging technical issues for a significant number of students.
  • These instructions describe how to set up LockDown Browser with a type of Canvas quiz called Classic Quizzes. If you would like to use the quiz type called New Quizzes, please contact us at the LT Hub first.
  • In the settings for your Canvas quiz, we recommend adding extra time for students to deal with any technical issues that may arise from using LockDown Browser. It's best to add at least 15 minutes to the "Time Limit" and 30 minutes to the period that the quiz is available for using the "Available Until" field.
  • Please remove any special characters, as well as emojis, from your quiz titles. LockDown Browser will try to localize the language of the assessment, and special characters—like those from non-English languages—will interfere.
  • Students will not be able to access a locked-down Canvas Classic quiz from a standard browser. If they try to do this, they will see a page telling them to download LockDown Browser first.

LockDown Browser FAQ

Find UBC-specific answers to frequently asked questions by clicking any accordion bar below.

No. Quiz logs in Canvas may not reflect academic dishonesty. There are many factors that can cause LockDown Browser to close, many of them purely technical. A student leaving a quiz cannot be equated to academic dishonesty, and LockDown Browser should not be used on its own to ensure academic integrity.

To access the quiz log for an individual student in Canvas Classic quizzes, click the quiz name in Canvas and click the options menu (the 3 vertical dots) next to the "Edit" button. Click Show Student Quiz Results, click the student name, and then click View Log.

You can test a quiz that uses LockDown Browser by using the "Student View" in Canvas. You will first need to download LockDown Browser on your operating system (Windows or Mac) and set up your quiz in Canvas with LockDown Browser.

For a Canvas Classic quiz, you can try taking the quiz by opening the LockDown Browser application, following any instructions to close blocklisted applications, and logging in to Canvas with your UBC CWL (Campus-Wide Login). Once you are logged in, go to your course, click the Student View button, navigate to the quiz you would like to test, and take the quiz as if you were a student.

If you would like to know more about your students' experience, check out our LockDown Browser student guide.

Where can I get more support with LockDown Browser?

Technical support

If you have trouble with Canvas or LockDown Browser:

Pedagogical support

  • The UBC Online Teaching Program shares recommendations for academic integrity, such as educating students about academic integrity and designing assessments that encourage academic integrity (Module 3.7).

Student support

Learn more

  • For more information, explore the LockDown Browser Quick Start Guide.
  • When you click “LockDown Browser” from your Course Navigation in Canvas, you will see tabs with additional training materials that include video tutorials.

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