How do I upload ZIP files as an instructor?

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 import .zip files to Canvas through Files or Course Settings.

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

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

Import through Files

Import through Files

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

Import Files

If you have .zip files you would like to upload, the Canvas system can automatically upload and unzip these files for you. Click the Upload button to select files.

Select File

Select File

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

Note: Depending on your web browser, you may see Choose instead of Open.

Choose Options

Choose Options

Choose whether you want to expand the contents (Expand It button) or upload the zip file as is (Upload It button).

Monitor Upload

Monitor Upload

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.

Note: Through this option, you must upload the .zip file to an existing folder in Files. You cannot create new folders through the Course Import Tool.

Import Content into this Course

Import Content into this Course

Click the Import Content into this Course button.

Select .zip Import

Select .zip Import

Click the Content Type drop-down menu [1]. Select the Unzip .zip file into folder option [2].

Choose File

Choose File

Click the Choose File button to select the .zip file.

Note: Depending on your browser, you may see Browse... instead of Choose File.

Select File

Select File

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

Note: Depending on your web browser, you may see Choose instead of Open.

Choose Upload Destination

Choose Upload Destination

You can designate which folders the files should be uploaded to by clicking the Upload to: drop-down menu.

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

Upload File

Upload 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.