Blackboard Learn 9.1.11 System Requirements

Hardware Minimum Requirements

  • 1.5 GHz CPU or greater with minimum of 1GB RAM
  • Network adapter: LAN (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi)
  • DSL or cable broadband Internet (Dial up is supported but not recommended)
  • 3G & 4G connections not recommended when taking tests
  • CD/DVD drive and speakers may be required; refer to course requirements

Operating Systems & Plugins

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Windows XP 64-bit is not supported.
  • MAC OSX 10.6 or later
  • JAVA Runtime Environment 7 (Optional)
    • JRE is only required in order to use certain Blackboard features.
      • Learn collaboration tools virtual classroom and chat
      • Multiple-file uploads
      • Math equation editor
    • Sun JRE 7 can be downloaded from the Oracle Website
    • JRE 6 may work for some, but not all Blackboard Learn features.

Web Browsers

To determine which web browser to use with the Blackboard Learn System, find your operating system in the left column and choose a web browser. When possible choose a recommended browser which Blackboard has certified compatibility. In addition, you should have at least two approved browsers installed on your computer to accommodate for ongoing browser version changes.

  • Certified: Fully supported technology with highest level of testing before release.
  • Compatible: Fully supported technology with minimal level of testing before release.
  • Unsupported: Unsupported technology because it is either impossible or not tested.
  • Provisional: (Client Technologies ONLY) future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support.

Microsoft Windows

  Internet Explorer 10 Internet Explorer 9 Internet Explorer 8 Firefox ESR Firefox (Final Release Channel) Chrome (Stable Channel)
Windows XP (32-bit) Unsupported by Microsoft Unsupported by Microsoft Compatible Certified Compatible Compatible
Windows Vista (32-bit) Unsupported by Microsoft Certified Compatible Certified Certified Compatible
Windows Vista (64-bit) Unsupported by Microsoft Compatible Compatible Certified Compatible Compatible
Windows 7 (32-bit) Provisional Certified Compatible Certified Certified Certified
Windows 7 (64-bit) Provisional Certified Compatible Certified Certified Certified
Windows 8 (32-bit) Compatible Unsupported by Microsoft Unsupported by Microsoft Certified Certified Certified
Windows 8 (64-bit) Certified Unsupported by Microsoft Unsupported by Microsoft Certified Certified Certified

Apple MAC OS

  Safari 6.0.1 Safari 5.1 Safari 5.0 Safari 4.0 Firefox ESR Firefox (Final Release Channel) Chrome (Stable Channel)
Mac OSX 10.6 Unsupported by Apple Certified Certified Compatible Certified Certified Certified
Mac OSX 10.7 Certified (10.7.5) Certified

Unsupported by Apple

Unsupported Certified Certified Certified
Mac OSX 10.8 Certified (10.8.2) Certified Unsupported by Apple Unsupported Certified Certified Certified

Mobile Devices

  • Mobile browsers, such as the Safari browser for iPad, are not officially compatible with Blackboard.
  • A Blackboard Mobile Learn application is available for purchase as a companion tool to the Blackboard Learn course environment.
  • The app is only designed for viewing course content and performing light communications tasks.
  • Not all Blackboard course content will be compatible with the Blackboard Mobile Learn app.
  • Participation in Blackboard courses requires access to a fully supported laptop or desktop computer.

Technologies not supported:

The following technologies are not supported in SP 11:

  • Internet Explorer 6, 7
  • Firefox 1.x, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, and 3.6
  • Safari 2.0, 3.x and any version on Windows
  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Mac OSX 10.3, 10.4, 10.5
  • Java 5, although it may continue to work