LockDown Browser

The Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) is a special web browser for taking exams that prevents students from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during the assessment. When the LDB is enabled for a quiz, students will be required to download and use LDB to take the quiz or exam. 

Watch an overview video on LockDown Browser

Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor is an additional proctoring feature that can be turned on when using the LockDown Browser that uses a student’s webcam and automated video analytics to help instructors catch cheating. Monitor only flags instances that the instructor should review.  Monitor does not make independent decisions about whether a student as "cheated" on an exam.

Watch an overview video on Monitor

Instructors should consult the information in the most recent version of the Web Conferencing Camera Policy before using Monitor.

Features of LockDown Browser and Monitor

  • Instructor can customize settings per quiz/exam
  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized or exited until exam is submitted
  • Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and network monitoring applications
  • Copy and paste, print, and screen capture functions are disabled
  • Students can take online exams 24/7 without pre-scheduling
  • Monitor: Records and analyzes student exam sessions
  • Monitor: Suspicious behaviors are flagged and ranked
  • Monitor: Advanced Facial Detection can prevent exam from starting or prompt students to stay in frame

How to Access Respondus Lockdown Browser


Faculty can enable RLDB for a Canvas quiz as follows: 

  1. Make sure the quiz has been deployed in the Canvas course.
  2. Enable LockDown Browser in the course navigation.
  3. From the course navigation, select LockDown Browser
  4. A list of quizzes in the course will be displayed.
    • Quizzes will labeled with Required/Not Required under the corresponding features that are turned on for that exam (LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor)
    • Click Settings from the context menu (down arrow) and select the desired option


When students land on the quiz page of a RLDB-enabled quiz, they will be prompted to download RLDB. Students then open RLDB and will be returned to Canvas from with the RLDB.  Students will not be able to start the quiz until they are accessing the quiz page from the RLDB.

Students can download the RLDB for their computer or the iPad app. Chromebooks are supported via the Chrome web store.  This app is not currently available for Android devices.

Download and Install Respondus Lockdown Browser

Download Respondus Lockdown (this link is also displayed to students when LDB is enabled on a Canvas quiz)

Respondus Lockdown Browser Guides & Tutorials





Respondus Lockdown Browser Instructor Training

Respondus offers webinars on this topic periodically.

Respondus Webinars

Group, one-on-one, or virtual sessions are also available to faculty.

Request Training

Lockdown Browser Technical Support (Students)

Students should contact Respondus technical support with questions about installing or using LockDown Browser.

Respondus technical support

Respondus Lockdown Browser Privacy & Accessibility 

Updated: November 02, 2022