Blackboard Learn 9.1.14 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 Mobile connections not recommended when taking tests
  • CD/DVD drive and speakers may be required; refer to individual course requirements

Operating Systems & Plugins

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 (Windows XP 64-bit not supported), or MAC OSX 10.6 or later
  • JAVA Runtime Environment 7 Minimum (Optional)
    • JRE is only required in order to use certain Blackboard features, such as chat, virtual classroom, multiple-file uploads, math equation editor
    • JRE 6 may work for some, but not all Blackboard Learn features.
  • Adobe Flash Player 11
    • Flash Player is only required in order to view web-based media, such as YouTube videos.

Web Browsers

Blackboard Learn supports four primary web browsers:

  • Firefox (Current release)
  • Chrome (Current release)
  • Internet Explorer (Versions 9 and 10)
  • Safari (Versions 6 and later)

Additional detail about these supported web browsers, including download links is available at Blackboard's Student Help Website

Visit the Blackboard Browser Check Tool to verify your browsers' and plugins' compatibility with the Blackboard System

Mobile Devices

  • Please Note: 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 desktop course environment, but is not meant to replace it. 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 14:

  • Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8
  • 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 6 or lower, although it may continue to work