Install a plugin
  • 05 Jul 2023
  • 1 minute to read

Install a plugin

Article summary

Plugins allow you to configure which features are available on your site. Totara comes with a number of built-in plugins which you can enable and disable, or even uninstall, as required. If you want to install plugins manually on your Totara site then you can do this by installing the plugin directly onto the server. 

You will need to have access to the server files, and to locate the correct place for your new plugin.

To install a plugin, follow these steps:

  1. Download the zip file containing the plugin you want to install.
  2. Upload the plugin to the appropriate location on the server. The plugin will need to be installed inside the wwwroot directory, but the exact location depends on the plugin type. Consult the plugin documentation for details. 
  3. Unzip the plugin file.
  4. Trigger an upgrade to finish plugin installation.


Installation of any plugin has the potential to cause significant security, performance, or stability issues if the plugin is not compatible or poorly implemented. While many Moodle plugins do work in Totara, it is best practice to carefully test each plugin in a staging environment prior to deployment on a production site.

It is highly advisable to ensure a robust QA process is implemented when using any plugin, including the running of all automated tests (both the core platform and the plugin’s own tests) to ensure that the plugin functions as expected and has not broken any core functionality. Your Totara partner is best placed to complete that process while installing plugins on the server directly.

The Totara Academy has a course dedicated to using Core plugins and advanced features in Totara. Here you can learn more, see best practice, give it a go yourself.

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