Canvas Pilot - How to Make Backups of Your Course Files

You can store files directly in your Canvas course. However, bad things can always happen and it's best to plan ahead for them. One easy way to be prepared is to store a copy of your course-related files elsewhere. Then, in case of failure, your files can be uploaded to and accessed from a different system. For example, if Canvas is not accessible for a week, you could place a copy of your files in UW-Madison Box for your students to access. This document shows you how to back up your Canvas course files as well as your entire course.

Go to your course

  1. Hover your mouse cursor over Courses & Groups.
  2. Click the name of the course you would like to access.


Click on Files in your left sidebar navigation


Zip (compress) and download all files stored in course

  1. Select the root folder in the Files tool in your course.
  2. Select all the files under the root folder of your course. This can be done by clicking anywhere in the file's row without clicking on the file name (clicking on the file name will open a preview overlay). You can now use the keyboard shortcut for Select All, Ctrl+A (Win) or Cmd+A (OS X), to select all of the files' rows.
  3. Click the Download as Zip icon.
  4. After clicking the Download as Zip icon, the Preparing download overlay will appear at the top of the window. The overlay displays a percentage indicating how long it is taking to compress your files into a zip file. Once the percentage reaches 100, a zip file will automatically begin downloading.


Backup your entire course

Alternatively, you can backup your entire course by following the tutorial titled How do I export a Canvas course?, which is located here:

Keywords:backup canvas export zip compress coop continued operations download back up LMS files file   Doc ID:45741
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2014-12-18 15:32 CDTUpdated:2016-04-19 13:34 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW Madison, UW-Madison Canvas
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