Moodle System Requirements

The following are the system requirements for accessing our Moodle courses for the first time. You are encouraged to PRINT this page and check off the requirements as you confirm that you meet them. If you need help determining whether your computer meets these requirements, please contact support at

Minimum requirements

  • Audio: sound card and speakers or headphones for listening
  • Internet connection: 56 Kbps dail-up connection (caution: if video is present, it may be poor at this speed)
  • Screen resolution: at least 800 x 600
  • Internet browser: IE 7 or greater, Firefox 2 or greater, browser set to accept cookies and to show the newest version of a page
  • Pop-up blocker: must be disabled
    • If you do not know whether you have pop-up blocking software, you might want to ask your system administrator for assistance. There are many different software packages/options that provide pop-up blocking, so we cannot offer instructions on disabling all of them. However, most pop-up blocking software will display an icon in your browser's menu bar or in your system tray and you can usually disable it by clicking (or right-clicking) on the icon and choosing the appropriate options which will either temporarily disable it until you reactivate it OR you can sometimes choose options which will configure it to always allow pop-ups from

Recommended requirements

  • All of those items recommended in minimum specifications, PLUS the following:
  • Internet connection: Cable modem, DSL or better (required for high-quality video)
  • Screen resolution: 1024 x 768
  • The following free media player is required to view videos included in most of our courses: Windows Media Player is a free media player that you probably already have on your computer -- please check to ensure that you have the latest version (not beta) available. If you do not, please visit the Windows Media Player site to download the version appropriate for your operating system. (And yes, there is a version available for the Mac operating system.)

A note about file viewers and plug-ins

Occasionally you may encounter course content in the form of specific file types that require specific applications in order to open and/or view. If you do not have the corresponding applications on your computer and/or if your browser lacks the capability to properly display these files, you should be able to view the files by downloading free viewers or plug-ins for specific file types. These links are provided here for your convenience. Please refer back to this page when/if necessary while taking any of our Moodle courses.

For Microsoft Office files (such as Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel), visit the Microsoft Office Online File Convertors and Viewers page at:

For Adobe PDF files, download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader at: or

Unless otherwise indicated, most course videos will be viewable via Windows Media Player, which can be downloaded for both Macs and PCs at:

For help with other file types, please contact

If you need help determining whether your computer meets any of the technical requirements listed above, we suggest that you first contact your local System Administrator or Technical Support Staff for assistance. If you are having difficulty downloading anything that is required for Moodle, your System Administrator may need to login to your workstation and download these items for you.

*Special thanks to the Texas State Library who originally wrote these Moodle-specific resources

Last modified: Saturday, 21 September 2013, 4:12 AM