LockDown Browser Instructor Guide

LockDown Browser is a web browser that “locks down” what students can do during a quiz in Canvas. When students use LockDown Browser, they will be unable during the quiz to print or copy questions, visit other websites, access other applications, or close the quiz until it is submitted. Quizzes created for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers.
Cost Yes Free
Bandwidth Yes Low demand
Canvas Integration Yes Works in coordination with Canvas
Privacy Yes LockDown Browser is FIPPA compliant and data is stored securely in Canada
Similar UBC-Supported Tools Proctorio is a centrally supported option for locking down exams

What can I use it for?

With LockDown Browser, you can help preserve academic integrity in Canvas quizzes and exams:

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

What to know about LockDown Browser

We do not recommend using LockDown Browser 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. You can read more about our recommendation against using Zoom with LockDown Browser for invigilation for additional information.

What do I need to use LockDown Browser?

A desktop or laptop computer with LockDown Browser (for your own testing)

You can set up assessments that use LockDown Browser without installing it yourself. However, your students will need to install LockDown Browser, and you may wish to do so to test it out. LockDown Browser can be downloaded for Windows or Mac or installed as an app for iPad.

LockDown Browser works only on a desktop or laptop computer or iPad (Chromebook or other mobile devices will not work). You can view the minimum technical requirements on LockDown Browser’s support site.

A Canvas course

LockDown Browser only works in Canvas courses at UBC.


  • LockDown Browser only restricts what students can do on their main computer. It does not prevent students from using other devices or resources during an assessment, so additional invigilation is recommended for high-stakes, closed-book assessments.
  • Respondus Monitor, a webcam feature for LockDown Browser that also records students, is not privacy compliant and cannot be used for UBC exams.
  • LockDown Browser can be installed for use in labs. To get started with the Lab Edition, please contact us.

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 bar below for instructions and tips for using LockDown Browser.

Enable LockDown Browser in your Canvas course

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

  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 three vertical dots), and choose Enable.
  4. Save your setting changes.
  5. You will now see the Lockdown Browser option in your Course Navigation for managing your use of LockDown Browser in the course. This navigation item will not be visible to students.

Prepare students for LockDown Browser assessments

  • Be clear and specific about your intent for using LockDown Browser. Explain these points to students:
    • LockDown Browser is used to make sure the exam experience is fair for everyone by locking down your main browser.
    • LockDown Browser runs as a separate program. You can also uninstall LockDown Browser when you are done.
  • Be explicit about what restrictions you set around what will and won’t be allowed on students’ computers during the assessment. Clarify procedures around washroom breaks, using scratch paper, or any other needs specific to your course. Provide procedures for opening spreadsheet editors or other tools for the exam, if applicable.
  • Provide a practice quiz. Give students a no-stakes practice quiz that uses LockDown Browser. This practice will allow everyone to install LockDown Browser and get familiar with the experience, before being in a high-stakes situation.


  • Label a practice quiz clearly, so students know they don’t need to study anything (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 during the assessment.
  • Encourage students to try out lots of actions during the practice quiz, mimicking what they’ll want to do in a real assessment and trying anything they know you will restrict (e.g., open a website), to experience what happens.

Require LockDown Browser for a Canvas assessment

  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.
  2. Once you've completed making your quiz in Canvas, click LockDown Browser in the Course Navigation.
    • If you don't see this option, follow the steps in the accordion 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 FIPPA requirements, click Advanced Settings and check the box for "Lock students into the browser until exam is completed". This setting keeps student data protected throughout the exam.
  7. Modify 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 feedback and results - Lock down students when they view quiz outcomes. Note that students' grades and comments 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'll need to check this if you plan to let students take the assessment using the LockDown Browser app.
    • Allow access to specific external web domains - Allow specific websites that students can use during the exam.
  8. When you are done, click Save + Close. When students see this quiz, it will appear with "Requires Respondus LockDown Browser" after the title.


  • 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 a type of Canvas quiz called Classic Quizzes. If you would like to use the quiz type called New Quizzes, please contact us first.
  • Canvas will always call your assessments a “quiz”, whether you want to assign a quiz or exam to your students.
  • In the settings for your Canvas quiz, please add extra time for students to deal with any technical issues that may arise from using LockDown Browser. We recommend adding at least 15 minutes to the Time Limit and 30 minutes to the Time Availability.
  • Remove any special characters from your quiz titles. LockDown Browser is localized for multiple languages, and special characters, like those from other languages, will interfere.
  • Students will not be able to access a locked-down Canvas quiz from a standard browser. If they try to do this, they will see a page telling them to download LockDown Browser first.

Where can I get more support with LockDown Browser?

Technical support

If you have trouble with Canvas or LockDown Browser:

For supporting your students:

Learn more

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

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