LockDown Browser


Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within D2L Brightspace.

Some instructors require the use of Respondus LockDown Browser for online quizzes and exams. While using the browser, students are unable to navigate outside of the quiz or exam.

NOTE: LockDown Browser should only be used for taking Brightspace quizzes. It should not be used in other areas of Brightspace.


Faculty, Students


Accessed from D2L Brightspace. 

Download and Install Respondus LockDown Browser

For information on how to install, use or troubleshoot the Respondus LockDown Browser, please request help from the Technology Support Center.


Beginning a Quiz

  1. Close all programs, unless one is used to connect you to the Internet.
  2.  Log into Brightspace with a regular browser, select the course and navigate to the quiz.
  3.  If LockDown Browser has not previously been installed, you will be prompted to download and install the browser. 
  4. Return to the quiz and open it to launch LockDown Browser.
  5. If prompted to close a blocked program (e.g. screen capture, instant messaging), choose Yes.
  6. Note: Once a test has been started with Respondus LockDown Browser, you cannot exit until the test has been submitted for grading.

Using With a Webcam (Respondus Monitor)

You may be required to use LockDown Browser with a webcam, which will record you during an online, non-proctored exam. (The webcam feature is sometimes referred to as “Respondus Monitor.”)   Your computer must have a functioning webcam and microphone. A broadband connection is also required.

If a quiz requires LockDown Browser and a webcam, follow the steps in the previous section. At this point, the Startup Sequence for the webcam begins:

  • You will first need to review and agree to the Terms of Use.
  • The Webcam Check will confirm that your webcam and microphone are working properly. 
  • The remaining steps of the Startup Sequence will depend on settings chosen by your instructor. Follow the instructions and note your progress along the left side of the screen.
  • If you encounter a problem, select the it’s not working link for troubleshooting tips and access to 24/7 Live Chat Help.

The quiz will begin after the Startup Sequence is complete. You cannot exit LockDown Browser until the quiz is submitted for grading. 

 More Information


If you have problems downloading, installing, or taking an assessment with Respondus LockDown Browser, contact your instructor or request help from the Technology Support Center.

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