Mahara (software)

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Mahara logo.svg
Screenshot of a Mahara e-portfolio dashboard
Screenshot of a Mahara e-portfolio dashboard
Original author(s)Catalyst IT Limited and contributors
Initial release1 April 2008[1]
Stable release
19.04.1 / 23 July 2019; 3 months ago (2019-07-23)[2]
Written inPHP
TypeElectronic portfolio system

Mahara is a free and open-source web-based electronic portfolio management system written in PHP and distributed under the GNU Public License.[3][9]

Mahara was named after the Māori word mahara, which the Mahara software team defines as "to think, thinking, thought".[10]


Mahara began in 2006 as a collaboration between Massey University, Auckland University of Technology, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and Victoria University of Wellington, funded by the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission. The software was designed to be an open-source electronic portfolio platform to support the student learning and personal learning environment goals of educational institutions.[11] Mahara was initially developed by Catalyst IT Limited, a New Zealand open-source software company, and first released in April 2008.[1] Development of Maraha has since expanded to include a community of contributors, including the New Zealand Ministry of Education.[12]

Language support[edit]

Mahara supports translation into different languages using language packs, and contributions of complete or near-complete coverage have been provided for Japanese, Basque, French, Māori, Slovenian, German, Czech, and Danish languages.[13]


  1. ^ a b "1.0.0_RELEASE tag". Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Mahara 19.04 series". LaunchPad. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Mahara COPYING license file". Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  4. ^ Darren, Cambridge (2012). E-Portfolios and Global Diffusion: Solutions for Collaborative Education: Solutions for Collaborative Education. IGI Global. pp. 46–48. ISBN 9781466601444. Retrieved 8 April 2019 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Ebner, Martin; Erenli, Kai; Malaka, Rainer; Pirker, Johanna; Walsh, Aaron E. (2015). Immersive Education: 4th European Summit, EiED 2014, Vienna, Austria, November 24–26, 2014, Revised Selected Papers. Springer. p. 56–57. ISBN 9783319220178. Retrieved 8 April 2019 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Hämäläinen, Harri; Ikonen, Jouni; Nokelainen, Ilkka (25–26 August 2011). "The status of interoperability in e-portfolios: Case Mahara" (PDF). Proceedings of the International Conference on e-Learning and the Knowledge Society. Bucharest, Romania: Academy of Economic Studies. pp. 64–69. ISBN 978-606-505-459-2. Retrieved 8 April 2019 – via Semantic Scholar.
  7. ^ Kennedy, Eileen; Neumann, Tim; Rowett, Steve; Strawbridge, Fiona (2017). "Digital education and the Connected Curriculum: Towards a connected learning environment". Developing the Higher Education Curriculum. UCL Press: 188–202. doi:10.2307/j.ctt1xhr542.19.
  8. ^ Granero-Gallegos, Antonio; Baena-Extremera, Antonio (March 2015). "Diseños de Aprendizaje Basados en las TIC (Moodle 2.0 y Mahara) para Contenidos de Anatomía, Fisiología y Salud en las Clases de Educación Física Escolar" [Patterns of ICT-Based Learning (Moodle and Mahara 2.0) for Contents of Anatomy, Physiology and Health in Scholar Physical Education Lessons] (PDF). International Journal of Morphology (in Spanish). 33 (1): 375–. ISSN 0717-9367. Retrieved 8 April 2019 – via Semantic Scholar.
  9. ^ [4][5][6][7][8]
  10. ^ "About Mahara". Mahara. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  11. ^ Brown, Mark; Anderson, Bill; Simpson, Mary; Suddaby, Gordon (2007). Showcasing Mahara: A new open source eportfolio (PDF). Proceedings of ASCILITE, Singapore. pp. 82–84. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Contributors". Mahara Wiki. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2019. Mahara is developed by a world-wide team of programmers, translators, designers and enthusiastic amateurs. Many individuals and groups have contributed to Mahara so far.
  13. ^ "Mahara language packs: Series 18.10". Retrieved 8 April 2019.

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