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Respondus LockDown Browser™ is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. When using Respondus LockDown Browser to take a test, you will be unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

System Requirements

See Respondus website for system requirements at

Installing the Respondus Lockdown Browsers (Windows)

  1. The Respondus Lockdown Browser installer also includes a short video tutorial which students should watch prior to installing and using the LockDown Browser for the first time. 

    This download URL is unique for Missouri State University:

    Do not download the LockDown Browser from another website.

  2. Select Windows or Mac.

  3. Select the type of computer you are using.

  4. Chose either download link.

  5. Save File 

  6. Navigate to the Downloads folder, or wherever you saved the installer file.


    The installer file will be more than likely saved in the Downloads folder.

  7. Double-click on the LockDownSFX.exe file to start the installation. If a Security Windows comes up asking if you want to run the file, Click Run
  8. Click on the LockDown Browser, Click to Install button.

  9. Choose Setup Language: Select English, click Next

  10. A "Preparing setup" windows will run. On the Welcome Wizard, Click Next.  

  11. Accept the License Agreement, Click Next.

  12. Choose Destination Folder: Ideally you will leave the default destination folder. Click Next.

  13. At the "Ready to Install the Program" window: Click Install.

  14. Once the Install Wizard is complete: Click Finish.

  15. To launch the Respondus Lockdown Browser, double-click on the shortcut that was created on the desktop.

    Since Respondus Lockdown Browser locks down the environment, you will need to close any other applications or web browsers before you begin.

  16. You can now login into Blackboard using your BearPass account.

Installing the Respondus Lockdown Browser (Mac)

  1. Download the Respondus Lockdown Browser installer. Depending on your computer's configuration the .zip file will most likely be saved to your Downloads folder. file will look like this in your Downloads folder. 

  2. Select Mac.

  3. Select the type of computer you are using.

  4. Choose either server to begin the download.

  5. Double click on the file to unzip the file. You will see a yellow box labelled Install Respondus LockDown Browser.pkg. Double click this file to begin the installation process.
  6. Once you click on the Install Respondus LockDown Browser.pkg the install screen will appear. Click the Continue button to begin.

  7. Verify your system requirements with your computer. If your computer does meet these requirements click Continue.

  8. On the next screen you can choose an Install Location. Typically you will want to install the program on your Macintosh HD. Click Install to start the installation of the program.

  9. Once the installation is done the following screen will be displayed. The install is complete and you can click the Close button.

  10. To open the Respondus LockDown Browser just go to your Application Folder and it should be listed as an available application.

A pop-up may appear indicating that Respondus LockDown Browser requires you to un-check the Remote Management settings in order to open. Follow the directions that appear. If you cannot change these settings, please request to have a lab supervisor assist you..

Using LockDown Browser with a WebCam (Respondus Monitor)

You may be required to use LockDown Browser with a webcam, which will record you during an online, nonproctored exam. (The webcam feature is sometimes referred to as “Respondus Monitor.”) Your computer must have a functioning webcam and microphone for this option. Refer to the Respondus Student Quick Start Guide for complete instructions on using Respondus LockDown Browser with a webcam.  


For questions or comments, contact the Computer Services Help Desk