Respondus LockDown Browser


LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas. When students use Lockdown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.


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  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Prevents other applications from being active
  • Copy, paste, and print screen functions are disabled
  • Supports screen readers

Getting Started

Note: It is strongly recommended to create a practice quiz with the same settings you plan to use in Respondus LockDown Browser. This is so students have a chance to download and use the LockDown Browser ahead of the actual exam. Leave the practice quiz available for the duration of the course, with unlimited attempts, so students can access it again if they use a different computer.​

Instructor Resources

Using Respondus LockDown Browser in your Canvas course

To enable the Respondus LockDown Browser in any course:

  1. Login into Canvas and open the course.
  2. Follow the steps in the ‘How do I manage Course Navigation links?‘ guide to enable the link for the LockDown Browser Dashboard.
  3. Click Save.

To require students to use the LockDown Browser on a specific quiz:

  1. Login into Canvas and open the course.
  2. Click on LockDown Browser Dashboard in the left-hand navigation.
  3. Click the orange button to Continue to LockDown Browser.
  4. Click the arrow next to the name of the existing Quiz you want to modify and choose Settings.
  5. Choose to Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam, then decide whether to Require LockDown Browser to view feedback and results.
  6. Enter an Access code for this exam (optional).
  7. Click Advanced Settings, then choose additional options such as Allow students to take this exam with an iPad.
  8. Click Save + Close.

To require students to use Respondus LockDown Browser for New Quizzes: 

  1. Respondus Lockdown Browser works with New Quizzes. To require Lockdown Browser for a New Quiz, navigate to Lockdown Browser Dashboard on your Canvas course navigation.
  2. Locate your New Quiz inside the dashboard and follow the instructions above – the Lockdown Browser set-up is identical for Classic and New Quizzes.

Using Respondus LockDown Browser in your Canvas course

To use the Respondus LockDown Browser on a quiz/exam:

  1. Navigate to the quiz in Canvas.
  2. Click Take the Quiz.
  3. When prompted, click the link to [Download Respondus LockDown Browser].
  4. Click the yellow button to Install Now, which will download the installer.
  5. Open the file and follow the prompts.
  6. Open the Respondus LockDown Browser app on your computer.
  7. Sign in to Canvas using this new browser and navigate to the quiz.
  8. Click Take the Quiz.
  9. Complete the quiz and Submit.

Future quizzes will only require Steps 6-9.

To use Respondus LockDown Browser in New Quizzes

  1. If your instructor uses New Quizzes in Canvas, simply navigate to your New Quiz in your Canvas course using your current browser.
  2. Click on the New Quiz title.
  3. If LockDown Browser has not been previously installed, you will be prompted to download and install the browser.
  4. Upon installation, return to the quiz and open it to launch LockDown Browser. When you return to the New Quiz, a pop-up window will prompt you to open Lockdown Browser without having to exit the current browser.

Students may find it helpful to review this video which provides an overview of using LockDown Browser with Canvas New Quizzes.

Problem with LockDown Browser? Receive prompt Respondus LockDown Assistance

If you experience a problem with the LockDown Browser and you are not taking your assessment in ISU’s Online Testing Center, please take the following steps:

  1. Stay collected and submit a support ticket with Respondus as soon as possible.
    • Use your email address.
    • You will be asked the product name which is “LockDown Browser.”
    • For “Product Version” enter the version number.
      • For Windows, click “i” in the LockDown Browser toolbar to obtain the version number. For Mac, click the “Globe” icon in the toolbar. Click “About” in the Help menu to obtain the version number.
  2. Give as many details as you remember: Did the browser crash? Did your screen go blank? Can you re-open the browser?
  3. Once you submit a ticket, you should receive an email confirmation from Respondus that contains your ticket number.
  4. Forward the confirmation to your instructor and explain what happened and that you expect Respondus to provide assistance.
  5. Depending on the situation, your instructor might make a decision to re-open your quiz immediately or after you receive assistance from Respondus.

You are also welcome to call the ISU Solution Center ( / 515-294-4000). Be prepared to share your Respondus ticket number, so Solution Center can follow up on your behalf if you do not receive prompt assistance from Respondus. However, it is your responsibility to submit a ticket with Respondus before you contact the Solution Center. Respondus tries to respond to all tickets within 24 hours (longer on weekends) but often gets back much sooner.

Online Documentation


The Respondus LockDown Browser does not require a separate sign-on.

There is no associated fee for ISU faculty or students to use the Respondus LockDown Browser.