Open Elms

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Open Elms
Open Elms logo.png
Developer(s) e-Learning WMB
Initial release April 13, 2007 (2007-04-13) (5.1)[1]

7.1.1  (July 27, 2012; 10 years ago (2012-07-27))

Preview release none [±]
Written in ASP
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English
Type Learning management software
License(s) GNU General Public License

Open Elms was free web-based open-source learning management software.

Product history

Open Elms started out as proprietary software created by British software development company e-Learning WMB. Work on the software began sometime before 2005 and was given away freely with e-learning courses developed for other clients.[2][1] Sometime in late 2006 the company decided to release the software under the open-source model.[2] A SourceForge project was started on April 13, 2007[3], and its assumed the first public open-source release of Open Elms came with version 5.1 of the software.[1]

Sometime in late 2017 or early 2018, the Open Elms website was updated, removing most information about the open-source software. Its About Us page was updated to include language such as "Open Elms was originally an open source project" and "is now in its 8th version and is a commercial venture.[4] The last known open-source version was 7.1.1, released on SourceForge in July 2012. The software is presumably no longer being developed as open-source.


The main features of Open Elms included[5]:

  • course creation tools
  • progress tracking
  • testing and scoring
  • reporting
  • configurable interface
  • e-mail integration
  • SCORM compliance
  • data import and export
  • user-based security
  • 3D virtual training room
  • document management
  • audit trail

Hardware/software requirements

Installation requirements for Open Elms included:

  • IIS version 5.0 or greater
  • SQL Server 7.0 or greater
  • Flash-enabled Internet Explorer browser

Videos, screenshots, and other media

  • Documentation for Open Elms can be found on the site (archived PDF).

Entities using Open Elms

Further reading

External links

  • Open Elms can still be found on SourceForge. However, use caution when downloading and installing from there; the install package may contain undesirable add-on software.