What are plugins?
  • 21 Jun 2022
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What are plugins?


Plugins are core features in Totara that can be turned on and off, configured or uninstalled, allowing you to configure the site to your organisation's needs. Most of these plugins will therefore come installed on your site by default, ready for you to use as needed. What you can do with each plugin will vary from feature to feature. In some cases you will simply be able to choose to uninstall a plugin if you do not feel it is helpful for your organisation. In other cases you can enable or disable certain plugins to prevent your site from being cluttered with unnecessary features (as Totara is a powerful tool with lots of functionality). Some plugins can be configured or set up to work in specific ways. 

Plugins on the site include (but are not limited to):

  • Activity modules: Activities and resources you can add to courses in Totara Learn
  • Authentication methods: Configure how users can access your site
  • Availability restrictions: Decide which restrictions will be available on your site (Totara Learn)
  • Blocks: Configure which blocks are available for use on dashboards, the front page, and in courses (Totara Learn), etc.
  • Machine learning: Configure how recommendations work in Totara Engage
  • Mobile: Enable your site to work with the Totara Mobile app

To see all available core plugin features, log in to your Totara site as a Site Administrator and go to Quick-access menu > Plugins, then use the left-hand panel for navigation. 


Plugin nameWhat can you do?
Plugins overview
  • Configure options
  • Uninstall options
Activity modules
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
  • Uninstall options
Admin tools
Antivirus plugins
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
Authentication
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
  • Uninstall options
Availability restrictions
  • Enable/ disable options
Blocks
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
  • Uninstall options
Caching
  • Configure options
Course formats
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
  • Uninstall options
Data formats
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Uninstall options
Enrolments
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
  • Uninstall options
Filters
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
  • Uninstall options
Licences
  • Enable/ disable options
Local pluginsOnly shows options if you have relevant plugins installed - no default options.
Logging
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
  • Uninstall options
Machine learning settings
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
Media players
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
  • Uninstall options
Message outputs
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
Mobile
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
PlagiarismOnly shows options if you have relevant plugins installed - no default options.
Portfolios
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
Question behaviours
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Uninstall options
Question types
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
  • Uninstall options
Reports
  • Configure options
  • Uninstall options
Repositories
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
  • Uninstall options
Search
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
Tabular exports
  • Configure options
Text editors
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options
  • Uninstall options
Virtual meetings
  • Configure options
Web services
  • Enable/ disable options
  • Configure options

C012 - Plugins and advanced features(1)The Totara Academy has a course dedicated to using Plugins and advanced features in Totara. Here you can learn more, see best practice, give it a go yourself.

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