How do I upload ZIP files as an instructor?

You can import ZIP files to Canvas through Files or Course Settings.

Through Course Settings, you must upload the ZIP file to an existing folder in Files. You cannot create new folders through the Course Import Tool.

If you do not know how to create a ZIP file, please consult your computer operating system's user guide.

Note: If you are using Usage Rights, you must set the file usage rights before the files can be published.

Import through Files

Import through Files

You can import a ZIP file directly in Files. In Course Navigation, click the Files link.

Upload Files

Click the Upload button.

Open File

Open File

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

Choose ZIP Option

Choose ZIP Option

If you want to expand all the contents of the ZIP file, click the Expand It button [1]. If you want to upload the ZIP file intact, click the Upload It button [2].

View Upload Progress

You can track the progression of the upload by monitoring the progress bar.

View Files

Your files will be uploaded to Files in Canvas.

Import through Course Settings

Import through Course Settings

You can also import files through the Course Import Tool in Course Settings. In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

Import Content into this Course

Import Content into this Course

Click the Import Content into this Course button.

Select Content Type

Select Content Type

In the Content Type drop-down menu, select the Unzip .zip file into folder option.

Choose File

Choose File

Click the Choose File button.

Open File

Open File

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

Select Folder

Select Folder

In the Upload drop-down menu, select the folder where you want to upload your files.

Note: You must upload the file to an existing folder. You cannot create new folders through this feature.

Import File

Import File

Click the Import button.

View Import Progress

The Current Jobs menu will display the status of your import. Running reports will display a menu bar with the time remaining to generate the report.

Import statuses include queued, running, completed, and failed.

View Files

Open Files and view your imported files.