Totara LMS Software


Totara LMS is an open source learning management system (LMS). It can be hosted by the vendor and accessed through cloud-based deployment, or hosted on the user’s own server. Totara LMS is suitable for businesses of any size, in any industry.

As an open source solution, the source code for Totara is available to subscribers that can be manipulated to create a customized LMS solution for each organization. Users can employ various types of learning including social learning and self-paced and instructor-led courses. Templates are available to create employee learning plans, and administrators can assign roles and permissions.

The platform also offers performance management and monitoring functionality. Users can set goals and create competency hierarchies. Specific courses can be linked to core competencies to help automate learning plan development. Totara also includes a 360 feedback feature for supervisor appraisals.

Totara LMS is available on a subscription-basis and is billed annually as per the number of users.

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7 , Windows Vista , Windows XP , Mac OS , Linux , HP-UX , AIX , Solaris , Unix , IBM OS/400 , Web browser (OS agnostic) , Windows 2000 , Windows 8 , Windows 10

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2018

    Our company implemented Totara through a third party reseller. We migrated from Moodle.

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    Pros

    It is hosted off-site so we don't need to rely on our small Systems team. This is really the true value to me as an LMS administrator as previously it was impossible to upgrade our Moodle versions. Navigating to the courses is very simple. The look and feel is decent. So far it's been pretty stable.

    Cons

    I would like to see more features that are not already available in the free Moodle LMS system. I would like to see the Reporting features better implemented. I would also like to see support for plug-ins that are currently supported in free Moodle, particularly H5P.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Daniel from Unikemia

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    June 2018

    The open LMS with better support

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    For large companies I have recommended it since they allow to create individual development plans, so each person in charge of the team will be able to see the progress of their employees in charge and adjust the learning objectives needed within the platform.

    Pros

    This LMS has all the characteristics of the well-known moodle plus a set of extra functions for business training, among them the personalization of reports and the planning of individual and group objectives.

    Cons

    What did you like least about the software?
    Some plans can be expensive, but it depends on the provider. By having a subscription you can be calm before the failures or errors that arise, because the support team of the company will help you at any time to solve it.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Totara, Totara Learning

    June 2018

    Thank you for your kind words Daniel. We really appreciate it!

  • Josefina from Empresas Polar

    April 2018

    Excellent tool for education and online training

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    Pros

    I have tried this platform and I think it is very complete, since it allows you to educate other people individually and train both employees and clients, very good

    Cons

    Despite being very good, its interface is not competitive with other platforms, they have to develop a better interface because this platform has potential

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Enrrique from CANTV

    April 2018

    Perfect application for corporate training and learning.

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    Have an application focused on business learning, with tools focused on the corporate area to prepare quality professionals who know the business and its function in the company is optimal.

    Pros

    Totara is one of the most complete learning applications for the business world, noting the great detail that it is free, extremely complete where you can manage face-to-face and non-face-to-face training, evaluate the performance of workers, create reports on the progress of each employee to evaluate their evolution, strengths and devilities and all with a very comfortable interface and all this for a fraction of the cost of a private application, as it is focused on the corporate area its functionalities are focused on the development of complete professionals, to teach them the rules of business and strengthen your company, use it!!!!

    Cons

    Being free may not have the service and attention problems of a proprietary software, this is why you need the support of software specialists for problems that may arise, or solve any inconvenience of the stability of the program.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jose from Ciexpro

    Specialty: Education

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    April 2018

    Very good option for elearning implementation

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    We are currently considering use Totara LMS for both commercial and individual clients. Totara LMS is adaptable as we consider enough to be implemented in the academic sector as well as for team members training

    Pros

    We work on the instructional design for a micro master on leadership and excellence, and Totara LMS has wonderfull features that means we can take the elearning product even further, in considerably less time than starting from scratch

    Cons

    It can be difficult for us to get to grips with the LMS. Our administration team will need some class of training. Of course, the good news is that Totara LMS spend a great deal of time training and supporting their partners

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • Carlos from SERMO

    September 2017

    Excellent LMS, cost effective and full of features

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    Pros

    - All in one learning platform, customizable and it has some great features to manage teams and programs.

    Cons

    - Need some technical skills to fully exploit it. It can be hard at first but once it's up and running it will give you all the tools you need to manage learning.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Janine from School District 59

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    November 2016

    Moodle supercharged!

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    I have found Totara LMS to be as administrator focused as Moodle but is like Moodle on steroids! The feature set and reporting capabilities were very noticeable and welcome addition to my prior use of Moodle.

    Pros

    Feature set, flexibility, ability to host locally vs cloud, cost effective

    Cons

    The UI and general look and feel still feel very outdated compared to the latest web sites, technologies, and UI you expect today

    Review Source: Capterra
  • David from Kineo

    November 2016

    Totara LMS is great

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    I have been using Totara since the first release and I have found it's flexibility and it's open source code to be very useful. The standard options and extensive feature set has allowed me to meet most requirements through configuration only, but when necessary the ability to add to, or edit the code to achieve non standard functionality has allowed us to tailor Totara to any need.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Akos from Onlearn-tech kft.

    November 2016

    Totara course creator

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    I really like the type of the course with the videos and helpful teachers. This course help me a lot to learn the basics of totara.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Gagandeep from Raytheon

    November 2016

    Amazing experience

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    Featured could be enhanced but overall good. Flexibility could be enhanced and also more resource management would be good for face to face learning and enhanced reporting. Customizable certificates would also be appreciated

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Christian from LearnChamp Consulting GmbH

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    November 2016

    Feature rich and open source vs Complex handling

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    As a consultant for Totara LMS I would totally recommend Totara to other customers. In short... The Downside: - Very complex to learn for people who do not have any technical understanding - Usability very low because of too complex site-structure and permission management - Design very simple and overloaded with blocks, nobody knows what they are for in the first place - Documentation partially very poor, especially when it comes down to programming and adding advanced features - Many useful features are still lacking some important settings for establishing real logical learning workflows The Upside: + Very rich of standard features that make it easy to establish simple learning workflows + Open Source let the system be flexible by adding your own plugins and adjusting the system core to your needs + Great support in fixing bugs and advancing the system with new features (Evergreen) + Continuous Development All in all I would say it still needs some improvement, although I know that some requests are not as easy to programm as it might seem in the beginning. It is still a great tool, that can though still be adjusted to whatever someone likes it to be. If you have on the one side people who see the potential of TotaraLMS and have a great idea of how it can be used and on the other side people who can develop within that system, you can accomplish great things and have tremendous success by offering that tool to customers.

    Pros

    Open Source
    Great standard features
    Many possibilities of how it can be used

    Cons

    Poor Documenation (on the technical side)
    Missing important settings in detail (advanced use of features)
    Design not very user friendly (blocks overload)

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Amir from Learning Zone

    November 2016

    Powerful and Flexible Enterprise Open Source LMS

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    I have been using Totara since it started more than 6 years ago. It has developed tremendously and has truly become a modern, powerful, flexible and reliable learning and performance system. The Totara team are very responsive and keen to make the product move forward and the way they listen to and take to hear the needs of the user community is a great demonstration of the symbiosis of users, customers, developers and service providers. Looking forward for fast future developments of the platform.

    Pros

    Lots of learning tools and options to cater for all kinds of learning approaches, blends and strategies
    Flexible product with many options for configurating things via settings
    Responsive support and development team

    Cons

    Some of the older features and architecture are based on Moodle which is less geared for enterprise learning. I know this may change in the upcoming future though

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Chandran from Everonn educations

    November 2016

    Good stuff

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    Good product, but it get more difficult to setup. Functionality of this product is awesome. Also Some futures are very nice.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Chandran from Everonn educations pvt ltd

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    November 2016

    Meet customer expectations

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    Good product, but it get more difficult to setup. Functionality of this product is awesome. Also Some futures are very nice.

    Pros

    Support

    Cons

    Need clear roadmap

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Patrick from Technology Transfer Services

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    November 2016

    Totara Review

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    I mostly work with the Totara LMS from a server admin and web developer point of view and so far my experience has been ok. Not the easiest / most simple system I work with or have worked with, but manageable. I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but I find the support material and documentation from Totara to be pretty lackluster for server admins. If I find answers to my questions, 99% of the time I find it on Moodle documentation or forums. Bad thing because for the price of Totara I would expect much better, good thing that I am able to utilize a very large community. I do spend quite a bit of time developing themes and plugins for Totara for our clients, and I do have to say that I like and support your decision use the native Bootstrap class names as well as using Grunt as the task runner since use Bootstrap and Grunt quite often with other projects. I look forward to migrating to Totara 9 towards the end of this year / beginning of next year.

    Pros

    Fairly simple server setup

    Cons

    Almost never does what our clients' needs 100% out of the box. Every implementation we do for a client requires custom made plugins to fill the gaps

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Pablo from Aurainteractiva

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    November 2016

    Aura Gold Partner

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    Through the last 5 years, Totara leads us won opportunities that we might lost in case of not having an enterprise LMS like Totara. It has helped us as companie to incorporate our full e-learning solutions (consulting, content authoring tool and LMS) at important companies. It represents between the 5 or 10% of our incomes and it gives also to Totara trough the last 4 years more than $40,000 USD anual revenues. Eventhough we feel the growing of the tool (Totara) or their features expansion has been limited during the last 4 years. Example: It doesn't integrate x.Api compliance (with a LRS Module), and we do not see intelligence guideness trhough the training experiencie taked from the training sessions of the user. We do not have so much reference about how to explote gamification through it (and what kind of tools are they innovating related with this model) Why do not integrate an authoring tool with the LMS like Shift, so you just not focus on the user that take courses, and let the creators, build content. Doesn't offer options for the smaller companies because the ntermediate price between 500K and 3K has a huge difference, that always is letting us a big issue on how to deal wiht those price diffeerences.

    Pros

    Incorportate Coporative elements

    Cons

    The improvements or features grow slowly.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Mariya from Lambda Solutions

    November 2016

    Solid LMS that needs some work

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    As a Totara Partner, our company deals with Totara on a daily basis. We see some improvements in functionality and stability in Totara 2.9 and 9, compared to previous versions. It has a lot of features and gets a lot done. It's catching up with the latest infrastructure level updates, like php7, but we would like to see many more updates sooner. Also the forking from Moodle is a bit of a concern in terms of plugin compatibility, as Moodle community plugins repository is very diverse and having them become obsolete is not ideal, unless an alternative can be presented in a timely fashion. Overall, I'm satisfied with the product and we definitely recommend it to all our prospective and existing clients that fit the need.

    Pros

    Learning plans, audience-based learning, hierarchies, dashboard

    Cons

    Bugs

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Mike from BI WORLDWIDE

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    November 2016

    Very complicated, Nice reports

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    I am the creative director for a learning group that deals with several international brands. We have had several challenges with the Totora software, as implementation takes a significant effort. When it comes to true customization we have found it a bit bulky. In addition, we have had to go into the code to turn off several "calls" just to boost performance, that seem fairly unnecessary. The reports can be beautiful, but the cost so-efficient doesn't justify the work often.

    Pros

    Great reporting engine

    Cons

    Cost of deployment on already complex systems can be difficult and expensive.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jason from Synegen

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    November 2016

    Flexible, scalable, and won't break the bank

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    Finally a commercially focused LMS that puts the user in control of the Learning experience and LMS functionality. Our organization has found Totara LMS to be feature rich and yet cost effective, while the open source aspect provides flexibility to mold the system where necessary to our specific needs. The UI is pretty basic, but again you have the flexibility to control even that and make it what you will.

    Pros

    Out of the box feature set and inherent flexibility of an open source platform.

    Cons

    The UI is very basic and outdated

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Lee from TTS

    November 2016

    Totara is an awesome LMS

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    Totara is easy to use and offers all of the reporting options that we need. Easily tracks information for both large and small projects and multiple clients.

    Review Source: Capterra
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