The term “open source” refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible. As an open source platform, Moodle LMS’ source code is licensed in a way that allows anyone to download the entire software for free and customise how it works.
This enables our broader support for open source learning – a learner-directed model of education where one can create and participate in shared learning experiences online with tools like Moodle.
Our ‘Four Freedoms’To uphold this commitment to current and future users of Moodle, we follow the ‘four freedoms’ that traditionally define the ‘open source’ way:
Why choose an open source LMS?
Longevity & sustainability
Our open source licence guarantees that Moodle LMS will always be available for use and development by the community, independent of any changes that may impact our company.
Community support & innovation
Moodle LMS has an ever-growing community of developers, system administrators, educators, and learners who write new features, fix bugs, update documentation, share resources and ideas to continuously improve Moodle.
Moodle HQ has teams of developers, designers, and support staff distributed globally that focus on growing and enhancing our core open source software, in partnership with our network of Certified Service Providers.
Reliability & security
At Moodle, thousands of developers contribute to delivering a learning management system that protects the privacy and security of your data.
Maintained by 1000+ developers
Moodle has over 1000 developers participating in Moodle’s development, coordinated by the core teams at Moodle HQ. The sheer numbers of developers looking at, supporting and reviewing the code helps to affirm Moodle’s reliability.
Security by design
We embed a security mindset right from the start in all of our development. Unlike proprietary software where the code is hidden, our source code is constantly monitored by our community for any bugs that are detected and fixed faster.
Flexibility & customisability
As the most customisable learning management system in the world, Moodle gives you the flexibility to design your LMS how you want it.
Moodle can be extended or modified into a solution that is perfectly adapted to your needs. This can range from simply changing the look of a site with a new theme, to integrations and plugins.
Complete ownership of your platform
Moodle gives you full flexibility over how and where you run your learning platform. There are no licence fees or restrictions – you just need to find your own resources for hosting and support, or get expert assistance from our global network of Certified Service Providers.