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Developer(s) frentix GmbH
Initial release February 2, 2012 (2012-02-02) (8.0)[1]
Stable release

17.1.5  (December 16, 2022; 53 days ago (2022-12-16))

Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multi-lingual
Type Learning management software
License(s) Apache 2.0 Open Source License

OpenOLAT is free web-based open-source learning management software developed by the frentix GmbH. The software is a fork of the University of Zurich's OLAT software. frentix also offers support and hosting services for OpenOLAT.

Product history

frentix GmbH and its CEO Florian Gnägi were co-developers of the University of Zurich's OLAT (Online Learning and Training) open-source software in the early 2000s. However, with the release of version 7.1 of OLAT in early 2011, the development model for OLAT reportedly became much more closed, with much of the development process occurring "behind closed doors."[2] According to Gnägi, who had been active with the OLAT project at that time for over 10 years, the project was becoming more closed, and he wanted "to contribute in a project that evolves transparently and let community members participate in important decisions and offer ways to contribute to the project."[2] This led to Gnägi and his business frentix GmbH to pull out of the OLAT development process in late-2011 and fork the project as OpenOLAT.

Using the old 7.1 OLAT code as the base starting point, frentix began development, eventually releasing the first stable release of OpenOLAT as version 8.0 on February 2, 2012.[1] Development has been relatively steady since then.

For more release history, see the GitHub repository.


Features include support for groups creation, course creation, exams, collaboration tools, mobile support, and web service interfaces. For more about features, see the associated feature page.

Hardware/software requirements

For installation requirements and assistance, consult the Administrator's Wiki for openOLAT.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Entities using OpenOLAT

Clariant, Conplus, Eduplatforma, Hood Group, SAQ Qualicon, SFI Swiss Finance Institute, Universität Hamburg, Universität Innsbruck, Universität Kiel, Universität Zürich

For more examples, see the openOLAT case studies page.

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 "OpenOLAT download section". frentix GmbH. Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 04 May 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gnägi, Florian (8 December 2011). "An open letter to the OLAT community". frentix GmbH. Archived from the original on 09 January 2012. Retrieved 04 May 2018.