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Original author(s) Thomas De Praetere
Developer(s) Dokeos SPRL
Initial release January 5, 2004 (2004-01-05) (1.0)[1]
Stable release

2.1.1  (January 22, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-01-22))

Preview release 2.2 RC2  (March 1, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-03-01)) [±]
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multi-lingual
Type Learning management software
License(s) GNU General Public License

Dokeos is web-based open-source learning management software. The software is available in a fee-based commercial PRO version as well as a FREE edition.

Product history

Dokeos started out as a fork of the learning management system Claroline, which was started and developed by French developer Thomas De Praetere during his time at the Université Catholique de Louvain. At the beginning of 2004 a decision was made to fork Claroline as Dokeos due to trademark and development issues with the university.[2]. Open-source SourceForge and Freecode projects were started on January 4, 2004[3][4] followed by a 1.0 release of the software a day later.[1] A version 1.5 with updated code from the Claroline code base was announced in early February[2] and finally arrived on June 11.[1] Belgian company Dokeos SPRL was started that same year by De Praetere to manage the new project.[1][5] Development and distribution of both the free community version and, later, a commercial professional version has continued since on the main website, SourceForge, Ohloh, and Google Project.[4]

A 2.2 release candidate for Dokeos was listed on the website and readily downloadable, released in March 2013.[6] However, on February 13, 2014, the company updated its website, hiding its community version behind a form requiring at minimum a name and e-mail address in order to download the file.[7] As of September 2015 the current version number of the community version is unknown.


The main features of the Dokeos FREE edition include[8]:

  • content authoring
  • template creation
  • document management
  • scenario support
  • testing
  • multimedia support
  • diagramming
  • wiki, chat, and blog support
  • social media interaction
  • portal, user, and group administration
  • eCommerce tools
  • LDAP and CAS support
  • reporting
  • unguaranteed SCORM 1.2 compliance

Hardware/software requirements

Installation requirements for Dokeos 1.8.6 (sadly installation guides for 2.0 and 2.1 don't seem to exist) include:

  • PHP version 5.x or greater
  • MySQL of some sort (not clear what version)
  • Apache web server (not clear what version)

Consult the 1.8.6 installation guide for more information.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

  • Video tutorials for Dokeos can be found on the website.
  • A demo of Dokeos is available via the Dokeos site.
  • Documentation for Dokeos can be found here.

Entities using Dokeos

Over four million users are reportedly using Dokeos.

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "All releases of Dokeos". Freecode. Retrieved 05 January 2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hinkelman, Don (04 February 2004). "Claroline is now Dekeos". Moodle. Retrieved 05 January 2013. 
  3. "Dokeos". SourceForge. Retrieved 05 January 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Dokeos". Freecode. Retrieved 05 January 2013. 
  5. "Dokeos". LinkedIn. Retrieved 05 January 2013. 
  6. "Dokeos". Dokeos. Archived from the original on 09 February 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  7. "Welcome on the new DOKEOS website". Dokeos. 13 February 2014. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  8. "Dokeos FREE or Dokeos PRO?". Dokeos SPRL. Retrieved 05 January 2013.