Adapt authoring tool

Create beautiful e-learning courses with our easy to use authoring tool

The Adapt authoring tool is a server-based web application to allow you and your team to quickly build responsive e-learning content.

Being a server-based tool, it’s accessed by users via a web browser, and lets you easily create beautiful Adapt courses using any combination of existing tried-and-tested Adapt plugins to add interactivity and functionality, and rich multimedia assets and themes to add visual flair.

You can preview your e-learning creations straight from the authoring tool, or quickly and easily package them up for uploading to your SCORM-compliant LMS — all straight out-of-the-box.

The Adapt authoring tool uses a combination of software platforms that usually run on a web server, rather than on your computer.

This web app structure allows the tool to be installed once and accessed by many users, in the same way that an LMS or webmail application works.

Currently using the authoring tool involves some manual steps in the command line interface to get all the pieces installed and working correctly together. We provide step by step instructions on installing the authoring tool. For non-technical people, we recommend to have technical help at hand for the installation process.

The Adapt authoring tool is designed to be used on a desktop computer, although the fully responsive HTML5 output is suitable for devices from smartphones to large desktop monitors.

The server prerequisites for the Adapt authoring tool are:

For users, the authoring tool supports all modern web browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox (ESR + latest version)
  • Edge
  • IE11+
  • Safari 11+
  • Opera

To install the authoring tool on a web server or create your own development environment follow the server installation instructions.

If you haven’t done this kind of thing before, we recommend having technical help at hand, as some of the steps can get a bit tricky.

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The full Changelog is available on GitHub.

Notable features:

  • Create fully responsive HTML5 output
  • Compatible with the latest Adapt framework
  • Support for framework plugins (both core and custom)
  • Maintain a library of assets
  • Full support for multi-user collaboration
  • Ability to export course source code for standalone command-line development
  • Ability to import courses created in other installs or the framework
Feature Roadmap

The Adapt authoring tool is one of the fastest-progressing parts of the project, and we always have a long list of features queued up for development. If you’re interested in what’s coming next to the Adapt authoring tool, visit this page for more information.

As a side-note: being an open-source project, we rely on time ‘donations’ from project collaborators. Because of this, we choose not to publish any specific release schedules, as these are highly likely to be inaccurate. If there’s a feature you require urgently, we would be very grateful for any developer-resource you are able to spare for our cause.

Getting started

The Adapt authoring tool is already being used by instructional designers and L&D departments to create responsive, HTML5, SCORM compatible elearning packages which can be tracked in an LMS.

While installing the authoring tool is getting easier and easier, it still requires you to take steps that are typically hidden within a packaged installer. If you’re not intimidated by techie things, here’s our guide to installing the authoring tool. And that’s when the fun starts!

Fully documented

Once you’re up and running, you’ll want to find out more about the various components and capabilities of the authoring tool. The documentation has help and information for non-technical users and developers.

Get involved

If you’d like to get involved with shaping the future of the Adapt authoring tool, join us on the community forums to make suggestions, or visit us on GitHub to help with the development.