How do I add an External App in 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.

There are many places where you can find Apps to use in your courses. You can add external apps in the Canvas App Center, the Edu App Center, or through Vendor-provided tools.

View Canvas App Center

View Canvas App Center

Located in Course Settings, the App Center is your gateway to powerful teaching tools that are easily integrated into a Canvas Account or Canvas Course. These apps can be installed into Canvas with one click.

Add App

Add App

Depending on on the app configurations, the required fields within the app may vary. You may be asked for a Consumer Key, Shared Secret, and/or Launch URL.

View Edu App Center

If your institution does not have the Canvas App Center configured, the Edu App Center is an index lists of all current Canvas-compatible External Apps and is updated frequently.

Each app provides details that you can use to configure apps manually, by URL, or by XML.

Use Vendor-Provided Tools

Use Vendor-Provided Tools

Many vendors use their own external tool integrations. Vendors will have their own landing pages with instructions on how to configure and use the tool. Some vendors may provide a common cartridge that will import the tools for you. However, any app used by a vendor will require a key and secret provided by the vendor and need to be configured manually, by URL, or by XML.