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How do I view course content offline as an HTML file as an instructor?

How do I view course content offline as an HTML file as an instructor?

If your institution has enabled offline content, you can view your course offline as an HTML file. You can download the HTML file from the Modules page. Currently HTML files can only be generated in the browser version of Canvas and are only supported on a computer.

HTML offline content is for offline viewing only; you cannot interact with course content directly, such as completing an assignment or viewing any submissions. In the HTML file, you can view assignment details, availability dates, and point values. Discussions and quizzes only include the description. All discussion replies (graded or ungraded) are considered submissions and must be viewed online. Additionally, you can view any embedded media files in the HTML file. If a link can only be accessed online, the link includes an external icon identifying the content as online only.

Course content export packages include all course files, pages, and embedded files added to a module and are viewable as long as the user has permission. Content items locked by modules or by date are not included in offline content and show that the content is not available.

Offline downloads include all content from the course at the time of the download. You will need to download the course each time you want to view updated course content. After the initial download, the export page shows the history of each download, and the Modules page shows the last time the content was exported.

User Guidelines

When exporting course content, all users are notified that they may not reproduce or communicate any of the content in the course, including exported files, without your institution's prior written permission. Please be aware of your institution's online user agreement guidelines, which may include specific course content requirements for instructors.


  • If your Course Home Page is set to Modules, you can export course content from the Course Home Page.
  • Offline content cannot be downloaded once a course is concluded.
  • If your Modules page does not display the Export Course Content button, confirm that you can allow course content to be exported using the Offline Course checkbox in Course Settings. If your course does not include this checkbox, this feature has not been enabled for your course. However, you can view the Feature Options tab in Course Settings to see if ePub Exporting has been allowed for your course instead. The ePub Exporting feature option allows you and your students to download course content as an ePub file.

Canvas tutorial below: