Respondus LockDown Browser

What is Respondus LockDown Browser?

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment for online exams in Canvas. It is compatible with both Windows and MAC operating systems. Windows: XP, Vista, and Windows 7; MAC: OS X 10.3.9 or higher.

Respondus LockDown Browser:

  • Prevents printing, copying, going to other URLs, or accessing other applications during a test
  • Disables task switching, print screen, screen capture, function keys, and right-click menu options
  • Blocks instant messaging, screen-sharing and network monitoring applications

Getting Started

Respondus Lockdown Browser is installed on all SMU lab and library computers and is available for installation on students' personal computers for use off campus. When an exam is set to use Respondus LockDown browser, you will not be able to use a standard web browser such as IE or Firefox to take the assessment. You will open Respondus LockDown Browser, log on to Canvas, and then navigate to your online exam.

To get started with Respondus LockDown Browser,

Step One: Read the Student QuickStart Guide

Step Two: Install the browser, if you need it on your computer.  [Click here]

Additional Resources

To read more information about Respondus LockDown Browser, visit the vendor's Knowledgebase page. See, Respondus LockDown Browser Troubleshooting and Knowledgebase.


What are the computer requirements for installations of Respondus LockDown Browser?

Does anything need to be installed to a student's computer for Respondus LockDown Browser to be used with an online exam?

Will installing Respondus LockDown Browser change the existing settings for Internet Explorer? Is LDB as secure as the Internet Explorer software currently installed on the computer?

Will Respondus LockDown Browser work correctly if the Internet Explorer browser (Windows) or Safari browser (Macintosh) isn't running correctly on the user's computer?

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