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Canvas - How do I view course content offline as an ePub file?

If your course has enabled ePub exports, you can view your course offline as an ePub file. You can download the ePub file and upload it into any eReader software to view, such as iBooks or Azardi.

ePub content is for offline viewing only; you cannot interact with course content directly, such as completing an assignment or viewing any submissions. In an ePub file, you can view assignment details, availability dates, and point values. Discussions include the discussion topic. All discussion replies (graded or ungraded) are considered submissions and must be viewed online. Additionally, you can view any embedded media files in the ePub. Any files that aren't supported in the ePub format, such as file attachments or PDFs, can be downloaded to be viewed in the file's native environment.

Currently, ePub file and any associated files can only be generated in the browser version of Canvas, but the files can be transferred for viewing on any supported device.

Depending on the course setup, the ePub may be organized by modules or content type (assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc.). When viewing by module, only items you have access to view in each module will be included in the ePub file. Locked modules list either their prerequisites or the unlock date, as well as the items that are contained within that module (though not the actual content of those items themselves).


  • Students cannot download ePub files for concluded courses
  • ePub Exporting is currently an opt-in feature on a course-by-course basis. If you cannot download an ePub file for a specific course, the feature has not been enabled for that course.

Open User Settings

Open User Settings

In Global Navigation, click the Account link [1], then click the Settings link [2].


Download Course Content

Download Course Content

Click the Download Course Content button.


Generate ePub

Generate ePub

View the courses available as ePub exports. To generate an ePub, locate the course and click the Generate ePub link.


Download ePub

Download ePub

Once the export has completed, download the ePub by clicking the Download ePub link [1]. You can upload the ePub file into any eReader for viewing.


If the course includes files that aren't supported in the ePub, click the Download Associated Files link [2]. Associated files download in a ZIP file and contain all unsupported files, such as media files and Microsoft Office documents.


To regenerate the ePub file, click the Regnerate ePub link [3].

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If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:canvas view course content offline ePub file   Doc ID:71373
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-03-06 09:22 MSTUpdated:2017-12-05 12:48 MST
Sites:New Mexico State University
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