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If you want to install plugins manually to your Totara site then this can be done by installing the plugin directly onto the server. 

Installing a plugin

You will need to have access to the server files and to locate the correct place for your new plugin. 

  1.  Download the ZIP file containing the plugin you want to install.
  2. Upload the plugin to the appropriate location on the server. The plugin will need to be installed inside the wwwroot directory but the exact location depends on the plugin type. Consult the plugin documentation for details. 
  3. Unzip the plugin file.
  4. On your site go to Site administration > Notifications from the Administration block (in most cases there will be a confirmation here if the plugin was installed successfully).


Installation of any plugin has the potential to cause significant security, performance, or stability issues if the plugin is not compatible or poorly implemented. While many Moodle plugins do work in Totara Learn, best practice is that each plugin should be careful tested in a staging environment prior to deployment to production.

It is highly advisable to ensure a robust QA process be taken when using any plugin, including the running of all automated tests (both the core platform and the plugin’s own tests) to ensure that the plugin functions as expected and has not broken any core functionality. Your Totara partner is best placed to complete that process while installing plugins on the server directly.

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