Plugins and Java


Some features in the LMS (Blackboard) require particular additional software to be installed. Without these, the features themselves do not function. Java can be downloaded from Check your version of Java by clicking on the Download button. If needed, you will be prompted to install the latest version.

The following features have a Java plugin requirements:

  • 'Multiple file' uploads requires the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) from Oracle enabled as a browser plugin. The 'single file upload' tool does not have this requirement.
  • The 'Meeting Room and Blackboard Collaborate' communication features require the JRE for access to the rooms, but do not require the browser plugin.

Blackboard also has additional information about how Blackboard Collaborate uses Java in the Blackboard Collaborate Support Portal


Some of your unit of study websites will require browser plug-ins to view audio or media files. Browsers will generally automatically download any plug-in required by a particular page.

Adobe PDF

PDFs are one of the most popular document format used in the LMS and you will need the Acrobat Reader plugin or Preview to access them.

The Acrobat Reader plugin lets you view, navigate, and print Portable Document Format (PDF) files in your browser window and is available for download at

Preview is a Apple/Mac software that is installed with any Os X operating system.