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Importing existing courses

You can import courses previously created in the Adapt framework/ compatible third party tools, or courses exported from your own offline backup, with these steps.

Use Cases

The import function for adapt will allow you to import courses:

  • built in the Adapt Learning framework
  • exported from your system for offline backup
  • from open source compatible third party tools.

Requirements for import

You must be an administrator user (Contact us if you are unsure).
You must be using the system in advanced mode (Check at the top of the screen).
Note: The course to be imported must be a Zip file containing Adapt Framework source (this is not the same as a SCORM zip file.
Note: The import process will install plugins required by the course into the authoring tool. If the extension already exists (newer or older it will not be imported/updated). This applies to themes, menus, components or extensions. Any new plugins will be available to all users of your system.
Note: The import process will not import the courses framework version. The Adapt Authoring tool only supports building courses with a single framework version at the moment, as such the imported course will use the version already installed in the Authoring Tool.

Steps to import a course

1) Ensure the authoring tool is advanced mode with the switch at the top of the screen.

2) From the main menu select Framework import.
Adapt Learning Authoring Tool Import

3) Select a file to import from your hard drive. You can import courses made directly in the Adapt framework or files exported from the authoring tool.
NB You must import source files, not compiled SCORM courses.
Adapt Authoring Tool Import Select File
Tip: The file structure inside the zip should look like this:

4) Click import

The tool will upload the zip file, extract the contents and begin processing, this will add the course to the current users dashboard, and add all the assets from the course to the asset manager (for all users).

Trouble Shooting

By far the most common issue is users trying to import a SCORM zip file instead of Adapt Framework  source. If you wish to move a course from one authoring tool to another then you will need to use the “Export source code” option not “Download” which builds the course for learner delivery.

Trying to import a zip file of the wrong kind will give an error message : “ENOENT: no such file or directory, scandir… ”

Trying to import a file which is not a zip file will give an error message : “ENOENT: no such file or directory, scandir… ”


At the time of writing the Adapt Authoring Tool will change the internal ids of all content during the import (as it does when copying). This means and hard coded links or css relying on these ids will need to updated after import. It is currently advised that you avoid making reference to ids to allow easier management of courses.

When importing a course from another authoring tool any project specific css will need to be manually added (this is a single copy and paste action) as the css is not currently exported with the course.