LockDown Browser

LockDown Browser is a customized web browser that prevents students from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during an assessment. If an instructor has set up online exams or assessments in Blackboard, or Canvas, to require that LockDown Browser be used, the exam won't be accessible with a standard web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari.  Instead, students must use a computer that has the LockDown Browser software installed, and when they launch it they will be taken directly to FAU's Blackboard, or Canvas, login page to access and complete the test.  Once students begin the assessment they will be locked into it until the student submits it for grading.

The LockDown Browser software has been installed in most FAU instructional and open labs.  Students wishing to take an assessment requiring LockDown Browser from their own computer must first install the software (see installation links below).

Lock Down Browser provides a custom interface for the Internet Explorer (Windows) or Safari 

Note:  LockDown Browser should only be used for taking online exams and assessments. It shouldn't be used to access other areas of Blackboard or Canvas.(Macintosh) software that is already installed on a computer. It does not modify an existing copy of Internet Explorer or Safari, but rather, installs a separate program that displays a custom interface and set of features.  LockDown Browser uses the same security features and service packs that are currently installed for Internet Explorer or Safari. Installing  LockDown Browser won't modify your current version of Internet Explorer or Safari in any way.

LockDown Browser Changes to Accommodate FAU High School:

On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, FAU High School will be joining the ranks of those who use Respondus Lockdown Browser. As a result, FAU students will notice some changes when opening LockDown Browser. Students will no longer go directly into Blackboard or Canvas; instead, FAU students must use a drop-down menu to select “Florida Atlantic University.” After doing so, the students will be directed into Blackboard, or Canvas, where they can log in as before and take their exam. 

new lockdown browser drop box

 If you have any questions, please contact the FAU helpdesk at helpdesk.fau.edu

LockDown Browser creates a "locked" testing environment for Blackboard and Canvas assessments.

It includes the following features:

  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Assessments cannot be exited until submitted by users for grading
  • Task switching or access to other applications is prevented
  • Printing functions are disabled
  • Print Screen and capturing functions are disabled
  • Copying and pasting anything to and from an assessment is prohibited
  • Right-click menu options are disabled (Windows); key + click options are disabled (Macintosh
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are disabled except Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
  • Function keys (F1-F12) are disabled
  • Source code for the HTML page cannot be viewed
  • URLs cannot be typed by the user
  • Hundreds of screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing and network monitoring applications are blocked from running
  • The browser automatically starts at the institution's login page for Blackboard and Canvas
  • Links in questions that point to other servers don't compromise the "locked" testing environment
  • Pages from the assessment aren't cached or stored in the browser's history listing

Respondus Monitoring: 

Respondus Monitor is an add-on feature for LockDown Browser that enables students to use a webcam to record themselves during a non-proctored exam. Before using this product we highly recommend that you submit a helpdesk ticket (https://helpdesk.fau.edu) to request access to great resources  to assist you in implementing online proctoring in your class. 

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LockDown Browser Installation:

LockDown Browser Installation

Click on the logo of the operating system where LockDown Browser will be installed (or, click here for more information on this product).

SELECT ONE: Please click on the logo of the Operating System where LockDown Browser will be installed

NEW: Respondus has now introduced a beta version of a Chrome based Lockdown Browser.  It can be installed along with the regular version.

windows mac


System Requirements:


Windows: 10, 8, 7 *



OS X 10.5 or higher
Safari browser (configured to the minimum requirements for the Blackboard or Canvas platform)
512 MB RAM



Instructor Quick Start Guide [PDF]
Student Quick Start Guide



A knowledgebase is available at http://www.respondus.com/support. If you cannot resolve your problem, a support ticket can be submitted from this same area.

Updating LockDown Browser

To update to the latest version of the LockDown Browser, start the browser, click the "information" ( i ) button on the toolbar, then the "Check for Newer Version" button. If an update is available, information about the update and a "Get Update" button will be displayed (unless administrator access isn't available on a Windows computer). Click the button, wait for the download to complete, and then exit the browser to complete the update.

 Last Modified 1/11/17