How do I log in to Canvas?

This lesson will show you how to log in to Canvas from an internet browser. If you are using Canvas with an institution, you will log in either from your institution's webpage or by using their direct Canvas URL. Canvas Network and Free-for-Teacher accounts also log in with a Canvas URL. You can also log in to Canvas on the Canvas Mobile apps; learn more about Canvas URLs for mobile apps.

You must have an account to log in to Canvas. If you do not yet have an account, learn how to create a Canvas account.

Note: If you are having trouble signing into Canvas, please see the troubleshooting section at the end of this lesson.

Access Canvas via Institution

Access Canvas via Institution

Some institutions host Canvas within their website, so you may only need to sign into your institution's internal system to access Canvas.

Access Canvas via Canvas URL

Some institutions have you log in to Canvas using the direct link to their Canvas URL. In a browser window, enter your Canvas URL. Your Canvas login page will appear in the window.

Note: The URL for Canvas Network is learn.canvas.net. The URL for Free-For-Teachers (FFT) is canvas.instructure.com.

View Course Invitation

View Course Invitation

If you've enrolled in or been invited to a Canvas course, you will receive an email that contains your institution's Canvas URL.

Log in to Canvas

The Canvas login screen requires your login [1] and password [2]. Depending on your institution, login information may vary.

Click the Log In button [3].

Note: To log in to Canvas, you must have an account. Learn how to create a Canvas account.

Login Troubleshooting

If you are having trouble logging in to your account, here are some tips:

  • Verify you are using the correct Canvas URL for your account.
  • If you use more than one Canvas URL (such as one for your institution and one for Canvas Network), make sure you are using the correct login and password for each Canvas URL.  
  • If your login and password were given to you from your institution and you are having trouble logging in, please contact your institution. (Your institution may have changed your login credentials.)
  • If you do not have a login and password, you may need to create an account.
  • If you have forgotten your password, you may be able to reset your password.

Each screenshot is acknowledged by its respective university for use in this lesson.

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Please let us know if any information in this lesson appears to be incorrect in terms of Canvas functionality only (please do not submit feature requests here). This is not a help site, and submitted comments cannot be answered. If your Canvas course/account is having trouble completing any of the tasks outlined in this lesson, please contact Canvas Support by submitting a HELP TICKET via the Help Link within Canvas or emailing support@instructure.com. Thank you.

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