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Original author(s)UCLouvain
Stable release
13.1.3 / December 22, 2021; 23 months ago (2021-12-22)
Written inPHP
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Linux
Available in35 languages
LicenseGNU GPL

Claroline is a collaborative eLearning and eWorking platform (learning management system) released under the GPL open-source license. It allows organizations to create and administer courses and collaboration spaces over the web. The platform is used for educational purposes by schools and universities as well as for data sharing by enterprises. It is available in approximately 100 countries and in 35 different languages.


The Claroline platform is organized around the concept of spaces associated with courses or pedagogical activities. Each course space provides a list of tools enabling the teacher to:

  • Write a course description
  • Publish documents in any format (text, PDF, HTML, video, etc...)
  • Administer public or private forums
  • Create learning paths (compatible with SCORM)
  • Create groups of users
  • Compose exercises (compatible with IMS / QTI standard 2)
  • Structure an agenda with tasks and deadlines
  • Post notifications (also by email)
  • Propose home work and mark online
  • View statistics of attendance and completion exercises
  • Use the wiki to write collaborative documents


The Claroline programme was initiated by the University of Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, at the end of the 1990s. Since 2000, Claroline development teams have been focusing on code stability and the development of features in line with users' needs. The main concern of the developers is not to build up a large number of new features, but to concentrate on a few elaborated tools concerning the pedagogical approach and the interface offered to the users. A large worldwide community of users and developers also extensively contributes to Claroline's development and diffusion.[1]

Annual Conference of Claroline Users (ACCU)[edit]

To promote the use of Claroline and encourage the relationship between contributors, each year, the Claroline community meets at the Annual Conference of Claroline Users (ACCU). The ACCU is a unique opportunity to meet users and developers of many countries to share experiences and accomplishment. The first ACCU was organized on May 22 and 23, 2006 in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). It was also held in other cities such as Vigo (Spain), Lyon (France) and Saidia (Morocco).

Unesco honours Claroline[edit]

The Claroline project is the winner of the 2007 UNESCOKing Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICT in Education. The Claroline project was chosen out of 68 projects from 51 countries.[2]

Claroline Connect[edit]

In addition to the developments related to the maintenance and evolution of the current version of the platform, development teams are working on a new version of Claroline.

Remaining true to the principles of simplicity, flexibility and stability that characterize Claroline, a new version known as code name Claroline Connect will be introduced. This will offer many new features while maintaining some general guidelines such as the following:

  • User orientation
  • Custom profiles
  • Independent learning
  • Resources modularity and openness to the environment and to changes in the web
  • Genericity and variety of learning tools and collaborative work
  • Freedom of configuration


Developed since 2000 by UCLouvain (University of Louvain, Belgium), Claroline has been developed following teacher's pedagogical experience and needs. Claroline is now financially supported by the Walloon Region for its development through the WIST programme.

Within this programme, Claroline associates three Belgian partners :

Consortium Claroline[edit]

The Claroline Consortium[permanent dead link] was born on May 23, 2007, during the second annual conference of Claroline users that was held at the Vigo University, Spain. This non-profit international association mainly aims at federating the Claroline community, coordinating the platform’s development and promoting its use.[6]

The 5 founding members of the Consortium are:


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  2. ^ "UNESCO". Archived from the original on September 15, 2016. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  3. ^ IPM Archived December 5, 2012, at
  4. ^ "CERDECAM". Archived from the original on February 5, 2007. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "LENTIC". Archived from the original on November 8, 2016. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  6. ^ "Consortium page on". Archived from the original on April 30, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014.

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