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User software and hardware specifications

The Totara Learn and e-learning content will work various hardware platforms, but the following is an example of a minimum specification that would be expected to deliver a rich, interactive user experience:

  • PC or Mac. 
  • Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 or above, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or above, Modern Linux variant.
  • 32-bit colour graphics.
  • Keyboard and mouse.
  • Recommended minimum browser: Latest Google Chrome, latest Firefox, Safari 9.
  • Client-side JavaScript enabled for admin pages.
  • It is strongly recommended to use the latest version of Flash player 

As e-learning is usually delivered online we would recommend the following bandwidths for internet access:

  • Minimum bandwidth: 256 kbps.
  • If using video: 512 kbps.

Server hardware

The following hardware specification illustrates an example of a system hosting a site with approximately 10,000 users (approx. 500 concurrent).

  • Platform: Dell PowerEdge 2950
  • Processor: 2x Quad Core Xeon E5420 @ 2.5GHz
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 4x 146GB 10,000RPM hard disks
  • Dell PERC 6 RAID controller
  • 160MB disk space required for core Totara files
  • 1-5GB or greater disk space required for additional teaching and course materials
  • Connectivity: 100MBit Full-Duplex Dedicated Switch Port Connection

Specific hardware requirements for your project will depend on the volume of anticipated concurrent users and other factors. If you require more information please speak to your Partner, of if you have an account speak with our Helpdesk to determine your exact requirements.

Server software

There was an issue with backup and restore when using MYSQL/ MSSQL running on IIS with PHP 7 and sqlsrv driver. This has been fixed in Totara Learn v9.8 but earlier versions may still have issues.


A Linux based system is recommended for high performance – e.g. CentOS, Redhat, Ubuntu Server Edition
Totara can also be installed on Windows (Windows 2003 minimum recommended)

Web server

Apache 2.x.x or IIS (Apache recommended)


PHP 5.5.9 minimum, however 7.1 and higher is not supported. It is recommended you use the latest PHP 5.5, 5.6, or 7.0 release.

Required modules: iconv, mbstring, curl, ctype, zip, simplexml, spl, pcre, dom, xml, json, gd, intl, zlib, hash.

Recommended modules: openssl, tokenizer, xmlrpc, soap, opcache.


 Postgres 9.2 or greater

 MySQL 5.5.31 or greater

 MariaDB 5.5.31 or greater

 MSSQL 2008 or greater

If you get an error message when installing Totara Learn using MySQL about Innodb file format not being correct then you may need to convert to Barracuda format. You can read more in the developer documentation.

You should also make sure you are familiar with other MySQL limitations, including size limits.

Server PHP configuration


The following PHP settings are recommended:

safe_mode off

file_uploads on

memory_limit 512MB

session.auto_start off

session.save_handler files


magic_quotes_gpc off

post_max_size 512M

magic_quotes_runtime off

upload_max_filesize 512M

 New Extensions

For Totara 9.0 it is also recommended that the following PHP extensions are installed:

zlib, OPcache


Totara Learning is committed to developing products that meet web accessible guidelines and reporting this compliance openly. We continuously evaluate our product against guidelines and make necessary improvements during the development and design process. 

This allows our users to provide an inclusive platform for learning when they are delivering development opportunities to people who have a need for assistive technologies or sites designed with accessibility in mind.

Please see our Accessibility policy for more information, or you can look at our VPAT compliance for Totara Learn version 9

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