Technical Requirements for Online Learning

Technical Requirements for Online Learning

Canvas Technical Requirements

This is a list of basic computer system requirements to use Canvas. It is always recommended to use the most up-to-date versions and better internet connections. Canvas will still run with the minimum specifications, but you may experience slower loading times.

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

Screen Size

A minimum of 1024x768. That is the average size of a netbook. You probably won't want to view Canvas on a smaller screen than that.

Operating Systems

Canvas requires an operating system that can run the latest compatible web browsers. Your computer operating system should be kept up to date with the latest recommended security updates and upgrades.

Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor

Internet Speed

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

Screen Readers

  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • PC: JAWS (latest version for Firefox)
  • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
  • There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome

Notice* Canvas recommends a minimum bandwidth of 512K which is basic DSL.

Which browsers does Canvas support?

Canvas supports the current and first previous major releases of the following browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Firefox

Mobile Browsers

The Canvas interface was optimized for desktop displays, so using small form factors such as phones may not be a pleasant experience in using Canvas. For the best user experience, please download the Canvas mobile applications.


  • Safari (default browser with limited Canvas support)
  • Chrome


  • Chrome (default browser with limited Canvas support)*
  • Internet
  • Firefox


Must be enabled to run Canvas.

Other Notes:

Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari use HTML5 to display website content, promoting a faster, more secure browsing experience. HTML5 audio and video may not be supported in older browsers, so audio and video must still be used via Flash.

The full list of Canvas' technical requirements can be found by visiting: Canvas browser and computer requirements

For any other issues in Canvas Please contact the 24/7 Canvas support chat


Software: Microsoft Office or software specified by your instructor may also be required.

Instructor-specific Requirements: Your instructor may alter or add to these technical requirements. Please read your course syllabus carefully!