Some opensource CMS for e-Learning

If you have to develop e-learning management system in PHP mysql there’s so many opensource learning management system ready to help you. Only you have to download them and read documentation carefully to customize the CMS as per your client requirement. Personaly I use Moodle for mine.

CMS Name Description Operating System


Moodle is a course management system (CMS) – a software package designed to help educators create quality online courses. Such e-learning systems are sometimes also called Learning Management Systems (LMS) or Virtual Learning Environments (VLE). Linux, Windows NT/2000


Dokeos is a free elearning software translated in 31 languages and helping more than 1.000 organisations worldwide to manage learning and collaboration activities. Platform Independent


Claroline is an Open Source software based on PHP/MySQL. It’s a collaborative learning environment allowing teachers or education institutions to create and administer courses through the web. Platform Independent


Site@School is a Content Management System (CMS) to manage and maintain the website of a primary school. It is Open Source Software under the General Public license and can be downloaded and used without obligations. Apache webserver, version 1.3.x


ATutor is an Open Source Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS) designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind. Administrators can install or update ATutor in minutes, and develop custom templates to give ATutor a new look. Platform Independent


LogiCampus is a distance learning and course management system that is freely available to Colleges, Universities and Schools. LogiCampus was built in conjunction with Tarrant County College Center for Distance Learning of Fort Worth, Tx. Linux, Win


Segue is an open source content management system designed for e-learning that combines the ease of use of course management systems with the flexibility of weblogs for creating various types of sites including course, news, journal, peer review and e-portfolio. Platform Independent


DoceboLMS is an open source e-learning platform written in php mysql and scorm 1.2 compliant, for distance learning developed in italy and known as “Spaghettilearning”, since the 2.0 version the name is changed in DoceboLMS. (In latin Docebo means “I will teach”). Linux, Windows, Macosx


ILIAS is a powerful web-based learning management system that allows you to easily manage learning resources in an integrated system. ALL


Komodo CMS itself is built utilizing Open Source and Open Standard tools including the Linux Operating System, the Apache Web Server, the PHP Development Language and the MySQL Database, all Open Source and all reliant on Open Standards. Windows, Linux


Using CourseWork, instructors and TAs can set up a course Web site that displays announcements, on-line readings, a dynamic syllabus and schedule, on-line assignments and quizzes, a discussion forum for students, and a grade book. CourseWork is designed both for faculty with little Web experience, who can use CourseWork to develop their Web site quickly, and for expert Web-users, who can use it to organize complex, Web-based materials and link them to Web communication tools. The CourseWork source code is free and open, and can be downloaded from this site for any organization to use and modify to their own needs. You will need your own staff to install and manage the system, but the code is free and open. ALL


Didactor is a low-threshold and open source E-learning platform. The platform is developed from a didactic perspective and it’s based on the methodology of learning objects. Educators can define and create pieces of knowledge and group them into separate objects. This structure allows educators to share objects and combine them to create lessons or courses. Windows, Linux

Global Student Network

Global Student Network is a provider of Virtual Curriculum that’s ideal for public, private and charter schools; homeschool students and their families, adult education providers, and colleges wanting to serve elementary through high school students. Delivered entirely over the internet, this curriculum for grades 2-12 was developed by a U.S. public school district to National Content Standards. ALL


.LRN is an open source enterprise-class suite of web applications and a portal framework for supporting course management, online communities and collaboration. Originally developed at MIT, .LRN can be used to support a range of applications, including course management, e-learning, and research communities. .LRN is in use worldwide at MIT (U.S.), University of Heidelberg (Germany), University of Cambridge (U.K.), University of Bergen (Norway), University of Sydney (Australia), Universidad Galileo (Guatemala), and University of Copenhagen (Denmark). Windows, Linux

Manhattan Virtual Classroom

The Manhattan Virtual Classroom is a password protected, web-based virtual classroom system that includes a variety of discussion groups, live chat, areas for the teacher to post the syllabus and other handouts and notices, a module for organizing online assignments, a grades module, and a unique, web-based email system open only to students in the class. Developed at Western New England College, Manhattan is free, and is released under the GNU General Public License. ALL

Wordcircle CMS

A collaborative learning tool / course management product (PHP) for teachers, students and those looking to create and conduct online web courses. Wordcircle is open-source, commercial free and available at no cost. Windows, Linux


COSE (Creation of Online Study Environments) is a system which facilitates active and collaborative learning for a wide variety of learners (traditional, distributed and distance), with a particular focus on approaches such a problem-based learning and cognitive apprenticeship. COSE 2 builds on the successes of COSE, developed in part with funding from the JISC, with a redesigned user interface, improved performance and improvements to the accessibility and interoperability of the software. The most significant improvement of all, of course, is in the price! As a FREE binary download. COSE 2 is now available to FE & HE establishments and government and commercial organisations worldwide. ALL


Celtx a free and open source software for developing eLearning storyboards. If an eLearning course will be build with audiovisual aids, in most cases you will draw up or write a storyboard. This software has a support community, a Celtx wiki with a lot of indepth information, a part which is called Project Central which showcases the media projects of Celtx users. All


LectureShare has released an update to its free online course management system at New features include enhanced compatibility with common file types, a new student comments feature, and new gradebook functionality. ALL

CourseCast 2.0

Panopto has released CourseCast 2.0, an update to the company’s classroom capture system that’s available free to academic users. CourseCast 2.0 had previously been available as part of Panopto’s beta program for educators since June. All

7 Responses

  1. Hey, thanks for the info, I hadn’t even heard of some of these and will have to add to my site @

  2. You forgot to mention OLAT, a Java based open source LMS from Switzerland!

  3. Hm, I should add this site to my site:

  4. Thank you for the information.

  5. one more nice topic in your blog and nice comments too keep it up, If you advise some more related links to topic. I’m very interested in CMS and all its related subjects.

  6. This is a really good list! Thanks! Helped a lot! 🙂

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