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How do I import a Canvas course export package?

In this lesson, you will learn how to import a Canvas course export package.


  • Draft State settings are retained in course imports. If an assignment is unpublished as part of a course export, the assignment will also be unpublished in the course import.
  • When importing a Canvas course export package, the package will overwrite some of the existing course settings. For example, if your destination course is set up with a private copyright, and you import a package that has a creative commons (CC) copyright, the copyright license in the destination course will change from Private to CC. We suggest you revisit the course settings after any course import to make sure important settings are still in place.
  • Importing a course more than once may have unintended consequences. If you import content into a new course, edit the content in the new course, and later import the same content again, your new course will include both the edited and original content.
  • Courses are allotted 500MB quota for file storage. Administrators at your institution set the file storage quota for each course.

Open Settings

Open Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

Import Content into Course

Import Content into this Course button

Click the Import Content into this Course button.

Select Content Type

Select Canvas Course Export Package

In the Content Type drop-down menu, choose the Canvas Course Export Package option.

Choose File

Choose File

Click the Choose File button.

Open File

Open File

Choose the .imscc file you want to import [1]. Click the Open button [2].

Select Migration Content

Select Course

To import all content from the course, select the All Content radio button [1].

If you want to select specific content, click the Select specific content radio button [2].

Note: If you select the specific content option, you are required to select the content you want to import after you review the remaining page options. After you start importing the content, the import selection cannot be canceled.  

Adjust Events and Due Dates

Select Course

If you want to adjust the due dates associated with the course events and assignments, click the Adjust events and due dates checkbox.

Import Course

Import Course

Click the Import button.

View Current Jobs

Course Extraction Email

The Current Jobs section displays the status of your import. Running reports display a menu bar with the time remaining to complete the import [1].

If you chose to select specific content in your course, the current job will show as Waiting for Select [2], which means you must select the content you want to import.

The import may also display other status indicators as part of the import process. Learn more about course import statuses.

View the content from any completed imports by accessing any link in Course Navigation.