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What is Respondus Lockdown Browser?


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


Respondus Lockdown Browser is not compatible with iOS. Also please note that it is not advised to take online tests over mobile or other wireless devices, whether or not the test requires Respondus Lockdown Browser.

Installing the Respondus Lockdown Browsers (Windows)

  1. Click Here to download the Respondus Lockdown Browser installer.

  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.

    File Location:  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. Click here to download the Respondus Lockdown Browser installer. Depending on your computer's configuration the .zip file will most likely be saved to your Downloads folder. The 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.

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