How do I upload a file to my 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 add a file to your course by uploading a file. You can also import files using the course import tool.

Note: Instructors can drag and drop files from their personal files into course files.

Note: Video and audio uploads to Canvas through the media tool can be up to 500 MB in size.

If you are not using the Usage Rights feature option, please view the archived version of this lesson.

Open Files

Open Files

In Course Navigation, click the Files link.

Upload File

Click the Upload button.

Select File

Select File

Click the title of the file you wish to upload [1] and click the Open button [2] to upload the file.

Upload Files via Drag and Drop

Some web browsers contain a unique feature that allows the user to add to files by simply dragging and dropping the files from a file window directly into the Canvas file repository. Click the title of the file you wish to add [1] and drag the file to your open browser [2]. Your file will automatically upload.

Replace Duplicate File

Replace Duplicate File

If a file with the same name already exists in the folder where you are uploading your file, you will be asked if you want to replace or rename it.

To rename the file, click Change Name button [1]. This option will create a duplicate copy of the file with a different name.

To replace the file, click the Replace button [2].

View Upload

View Upload

A progress bar will appear at the top of screen tracking the progress of your file upload.

View File

View your new file in the course.