Chamilo is a free software (under GNU / GPL licensing) e-learning and content management system, avocation at Improving Access to education and knowledge globally. It is backed up by the Chamilo Association, which has objectives including the promotion of the software, the maintenance of a clear communication channel and the building of a network of services providers and software contributors.

[1] and the provision of a free of charge, [1] the improvement of its interface for 3rd world countries devices portability and the provision of a free Access public e-learning campus. [3]

Chamilo comes in two versions. The LMS (or “1. *”) version directly builds on Dokeos. Chamilo LCMS (or 3.0) is a completely new software platform for e-learning and collaboration.


The Chamilo project Was officiellement lancé on the 18th of January 2010 by a considerable share of the Contributing community [4] of the (also GNU / GPL) Dokeos software, after-growing discontent on the communication policy inside the Dokeos community and a series of choices Insecure about the future of developments. As such, it is considered a fork of Dokeos (at least in its 1.8 series). The reaction to the fork was immediate, with more than 500 active users registering on the Chamilo forums in the first fortnight and more contributions collected in one month in the previous whole year.

The origins of Chamilo’s date code back to 2000, with the start of the Claroline project, which was forked in 2004 to launch the Dokeos project. In 2010, it was forked again with the publication of Chamilo


Due to Chamilo’s educational purpose, most of the community is related to the educational or human resources sectors. The e-learning system.


Community members are considered active when they start contributing to the project (through documentation, forum contributions, development, design). [5] [6] [7]

In 2009, members of the Dokeos community began working actively on the One Laptop Per Child project together with a primary school in the Salto city in Uruguay. [8] One of the founding members of the Chamilo Association then registered as a contributing project for the OLPC in which his company would make efforts to ensure the portability of the XO laptop platform. [9] The effort has been, since then, part of the Chamilo project. [10]


The community is considered passive when they use the software to directly contribute to it. As of February 2016, the passive community was estimated to be more than 11,000,000 users [11] around the world.

Chamilo Association

Since June 2010, the Chamilo Association has been legally registered non-profit association ( VZW ) under Belgian law. The association was created to serve the general goal of improving the Chamilo project’s organization and to avoid a conflict of interest between the organization controlling the software project decision process and the best interests of the community using the software. Its founding members, also its first board of directors, were originally 7, of which 3 were from the private e-learning sector and 4 were from the public educational sector. The current board of directors is composed of 5 members.

Main features of Chamilo LMS

  • Races, users and training cycles (including SOAP web services to manage remotely)
  • Social network for learning
  • SCORM 1.2 compatibility and authoring tool
  • Multi-institutions mode (with central management portal)
  • Time-controlled exams
  • International characters (UTF-8)
  • Automated generation of certificates
  • Tracking of users progress
  • Competence based training (CBT) integrated with Mozilla Open Badges
  • Multiple timezones
  • Support for more than 700,000 users (single portal on a single server)

Technical details

Chamilo is mainly developed in PHP and relies on a LAMP or WAMP system on the server side. On the client side, it requires a modern web browser (versions younger than 3 years old) and optionally requires the Flash plugin to make use of advanced features.


The Chamilo LMS (1. *) series benefits from Joomla (through JFusion plugin), Drupal (through Drupal-Chamilo module), OpenID (secure authentication framework) and Oracle (through specific PowerBuilder implementations).


Chamilo offers a connector to videoconferencing systems (like BigBlueButton or OpenMeetings ).


You can get more information on the original website. [12] Chamilo LMS and Chamilo LCMS are two separate products of the Chamilo Association, which is why the releases history is split below.

Chamilo LMS

  • 2017-05 – LMS v 1.11.4 : Maintenance version for 1.11.2 introducing Google Maps to SEE standards integration, ODF online editor
  • 2016-11 – LMS v 1.11.2 : Maintenance version for 1.11.0
  • 2016-05 – LMS v 1.11.0 : This version introduces a basic course imported from Moodle, the management of skills levels, beta IMS / LTI support and the vChamilo plugin
  • 2016-07 – LMS v 1.10.8 : Maintenance version for 1.10.6
  • 2016-05 – LMS v 1.10.6 : Maintenance version for 1.10.4
  • 2016-05 – LMS v : Maintenance version for
  • 2016-03 – LMS v 1.10.4 : Maintenance version for 1.10.2
  • 2015-12 – LMS v 1.10.2 : Maintenance version for 1.10
  • 2015-10 – LMS v 1.10 : First version to introduce OpenBadges and vCard features.
  • 2015-01 – LMS v 1.9.10 : This version is a bugfix and minor-improvements release. It is the first version to comply with accessibility standard WAI WCAG Level AAA.
  • 2014-06 – LMS v 1.9.8 : This version is a bugfix and minor-improvements release. First version to integrate with support and payment systems.
  • 2014-04 – LMS v : This version is a security-patch release.
  • 2013-06 – LMS v 1.9.6 : This version is a bugfix and minor-improvements release.
  • 2013-01 – LMS v 1.9.4 : This version is a bugfix and minor-improvements release.
  • 2012-09 – LMS v 1.9.2 : This version of Chamilo comes with new features and improvements, including versatile mobile-friendly design features, question categories and the option to include voice recording in tests.
  • 2012-08 – LMS v 1.9.0 : Chamilo LMS 1.9.0 is the first version of Chamilo (and arguably the first overall LMS platform) to fully support HTML5 (to the exception of a little mistake in the login field) Adaptive HTML / CSS design. Webcam capture, questions categories, video conferencing, video conferencing, video conferencing, video conferencing. The same month of this release, Chamilo registered 1.2M users around the world.
  • 2011-08 – v : Chamilo was released a bit later than its real release date. During the adoption of this version, Chamilo reached 700,000 reported users. This version also considers improved certificates generation.
  • 2011-05 – v : After a slightly flawed 1.8.8 not officially released, version SVG diagrams drawer, full-text indexing , Certificates generation.
  • 2010-07 – v : Version, codename Palmas, was launched at the end of July 2010. [13] It has security fixes to the wiki tool, many fixes to bugs found in 1.8.7 and a series Of minor global improvements and new features.
  • 2010-05 – v 1.8.7 : Version 1.8.7, codename Istanbul, was launched in May 2010 [14] with major internationalization (language and time) improvements to the previous version, moving a first major step away from Dokeos. It also has new pedagogical tools to its previous version. GNU / GPL version 3 has been released.
  • 2010-01 – v : Version of Chamilo Was Meant to Be Originally released as Dokeos in January 2010. Because of the community schism, It was left incomplete and continued (starting November 2009) as the Chamilo project. [15]

Chamilo LCMS

  • 2013-07 – LCMS v 3.1 : This version is a bugfix and minor-improvements release on top of LCMS v3.0.
  • 2013-05 – LCMS v 3.0 : This version is refactores, v2.1 version of the LCMS software.
  • 2012-01 – v 2.1 : Chamilo LCMS 2.1 is the first Chamilo 2 release that has extensively been tested in a variety of production environments. It can be considered to be stable. Chamilo 2 is user centred and repository based. All data reside in the repository, thus doing away with data duplication to a major extent. Google Docs, YouTube, Vimeo, Slideshare and many more.
  • 2010-12 – v 2.0 : The first version 2.0 of Chamilo. Considered to be stable software with experimental web 2.0 and 3.0 aspects expected to analyze the impact of brand new technology on education. (Fedora, YouTube, Google Docs, etc.) and supports some of the most popular authentication systems (ao., LDAP, CAS , Shibboleth). Its modular and dynamic architecture provides a basis for a multitude of extensions which can be added upon installation or at a later date by means of a repository of additional functionality packages.
  • 2010-06 – v 2.0 beta: Chamilo 2.0 beta is not considered production-safe (as its name implies) but implements a stable and usable release.
  • 2010-06 – v 2.0 : Chamilo 2.0 was originally back in the Dokeos Users Day in Valencia, France. The complete team of developers working on this version, in 2009, to move to the Chamilo project, thus leaving the Dokeos project repository with incomplete sources. Although Dokeos has been promised since then to release version 2.0 on the 10th of October 2010, it is not the total remake it was supposed to be, and it is actually expected to be Equivalent in features to, mostly valuable visual and usability improvements.


The free-to-use Chamilo campus registered 100,000 users in October 2011 (15 months after its launch), for 38,000 users in December 2010 (11 months after its launch). The Peruvian private Universidad San Ignacio of Loyola reported 1,700 users connected in the same 120 seconds time frame in August 2011. Globally, Chamilo registered 700,000 users in October 2011, and more than 5,000,000 users in June 2013. [16]

Project macroscale roadmap

  • Year 2010 focused on increasing Chamilo usage in Asia, with teams active in the translating to Simplified Chinese and other regional languages.
  • Year 2011 focused on increasing Chamilo usage in the Middle East, with teams active in the translating to Arabic and other regional languages.
  • Year 2012 focused on setting up a training program for teachers and administrators.
  • Year 2013 focused on dynamising the Spanish-speaking community and on the transition of Chamilo.
  • Years 2014-2016 LMS platforms together with Moodle and Canvas

Worldwide adoption

  • Chamilo is backed up by a series of small to medium companies [17] and universities, which are required to register as members of the association and contribute to the open source software to be recognized as official providers. One of the most important aspects of the concept of free software for the benefit of worldwide education. One of the prerequisites to becoming an official provider is to contribute something to the community.
  • Chamilo is also used in public administrations, Spanish, Belgian, Dutch and Peruvian ministries, [18] as well as unemployment services and NGOs.
  • As of October 2012, it was freely used by more than 2,000 organizations worldwide, [19] 11,000 as of May 2014 and 31,000 as of April 2016.


The Chamilo shows a record of liaising with crackers to detect and fix security issues quickly (under 72h, with one exception). A page is dedicated to security issues [20] and serves as a reference any time a new issue is detected.


Chamilo is a registered Trademark protected by the Chamilo Association, declared under Spanish law (previously under Belgian law. [21] )


The first official logo to be used by the Chamilo project was one of a chameleon trapped into a half-translucent box.

Deprecated Chamilo logo, 2010-2012

All logos are now available in the Creative Commons license (BY-SA) to make it easier to use it Chamilo community to freely print informative material with an identifiable logo.

See also

  • Free software portal
  • Learning management system
  • Online learning community


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