How do I export a Canvas course?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

You can export a Canvas course to give to someone in another Canvas account, to upload to another institution's account at a later date, or to create a copy as a backup on your local computer.

Exports are packaged as IMSCC ZIP files, which can only be opened by programs that support Common Cartridge files.

Note: Canvas exports do not include backups of student interactions and grades. Grades can be exported separately as a comma separated values (CSV) file.

Open Settings

Open Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

Export Course

Export Course

Click the Export Course Content button.

Select Export Type

Select Export Type

In the Export Type heading, click the Course radio button [1]. Click the Create Export button [2].

Note: If you have previously exported the course, Canvas will display prior exports under the Content Exports heading.

View Export Process

View the progress bar. Exporting a course in Canvas may take a few minutes, depending on its size. You will receive an email when the export is complete.

Download New Export

Download New Export

When your download is ready, click the Click here to download link.

Note: The export will be in IMSCC format, a common standard file that can be imported into any system that accepts Common Cartridge. You can also change the extension from .imscc to .zip and treat it as any other ZIP file.