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(Integriertes Lern-, Informations- und Arbeitskooperations-System [German for "Integrated Learning, Information and Work Cooperation System"]) is an open source web-based learning management system (LMS). It supports learning content management (including SCORM 2004 compliance) and tools for collaboration, communication, evaluation and assessment. The software is published under the GNU General Public License and can be run on any server that supports PHP and MySQL.


A prototype has been developed since the end of 1997 within the VIRTUS project at the University of Cologne. On November 2, 1998 version 1 of the learning management system ILIAS was published and offered for learning at the Cologne Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Social Sciences. Due to increasing interest of other universities, the project team decided to publish ILIAS as open source software under the GPL in 2000. Between 2002 and 2004, a new ILIAS version was developed from scratch and called "ILIAS 3". In 2004, it became the first open source LMS that reached full SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) 1.2 compliance. SCORM 2004 compliance was reached with version 3.9 in November 2007. The lastest version v5.0.1 was released the 8th of April, 2015.


It is a multi-purpose tool that can be used as a flexible course player, as an authoring tool, but also as a communication and collaboration platform.
Thanks to its flexibility and versatility ILIAS is used

  • to realise distance and blended learning scenarios by offering courses and learning materials
  • as a cooperation and collaboration platform for projects and teams
  • as a knowledge base and digital library by companies and institutions
  • as a communication platform
  • as a vocational training platform
  • as an e-assessment environment


A general characteristic of ILIAS is the concept of Personal Desktop and Repository. While the Repository contains all content, courses and other materials structured in categories and described by metadata, the Personal Desktop is the individual workspace of each learner, author, tutor and administrator. The Personal Desktop contains selected items from the repository (e.g. currently visited courses, groups or an interesting forum) as well as certain tools like mail, tagging, a calendar and also e-portfolio and personal blogs.


List of features:

  • Listing of selected courses, groups and learning resources
  • Personal profile and settings like password and system language
  • Bookmark Management
  • Personal Notes
  • External Web Feeds
  • Internal News
  • Personal Workspace
  • Blogs
  • e-Portfolio
  • Calendar
  • Internal Mail
  • Personal Learning Progress

ILIAS installations worldwide