Adapt authoring tool

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

The Adapt authoring tool is an application to allow you to quickly build responsive e-learning content.

It’s accessed through a web browser. You can create an account, log in, create courses and add assets, components and extensions.

You can preview and publish your e-learning content from the authoring tool.


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 authoring tool supports all modern web browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox (ESR + latest version)
  • IE9+
  • Safari 8
  • Opera

For non-technical people, we recommend to have technical help at hand when installing the authoring tool.

The simplest way to get the Adapt authoring tool running on your computer is to use an application called Vagrant to create a virtual platform that acts as a web server.

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

The Adapt authoring tool can also be downloaded as a .zip archive from GitHub or you can follow the install instructions to have it downloaded through the command line interface.

The Adapt authoring tool is one of the fastest progressing parts of the project. The roadmap below gives you an idea of the priorities for the project in the immediate future.

N.b. As an open-source project, we rely on time ‘donations’ from project collaborators (which are inconsistent from one week to the next for obvious reasons). 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.

Feature Description Version
UI refresh This feature will bring a major update to the user-interface of the Adapt authoring tool, making better use of some of the new features we’ve built, as well as refine its existing capabilities; it’s going to be better looking and easier to use! 0.2
User management Will introduce true multi-user support, allowing members of a team to log in with their own accounts and collaborate on Adapt projects. This feature will also include an interface for administrators to create and manage users in the system. 0.3
Course export and import Will allow users to export a course that they are working on, and import it into a different Adapt authoring tool installation. Your course will no longer be confined to the installation it was created in; collaborate with colleagues, easily back up your work, and make it simpler to duplicate courses across installations. 0.4
Multi-language support In-tool support for the translation of your Adapt courses into multiple languages. Being able to create one course in multiple languages will not only give your learners a smoother experience, it’ll also greatly simplify your international elearning course deployment. 0.5

v0.2.2 was released on 13th September 2016

The full Changelog is available on GitHub.

Current features:

  • Create fully responsive HTML5 output
  • Uses the latest Adapt framework v2.x
  • Asset management
  • Support for framework plugins (both core and custom)
  • Ability to export course source code for standalone command-line development

The prerequisites for the Adapt authoring tool are:

Getting started

Installing the authoring tool is getting easier and easier; however, it still requires you to take steps that are typically hidden within a packaged installer.

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.

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.