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Mahara 1.8.0 is here!

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24 October 2013, 19:00

Hello Mahara users!

Six months have passed again, and thus, it is time for a Mahara release. This is a big release with lots of new features and also bug fixes.

We have exciting huge new features that we are happy to introduce in Mahara:

  • Entirely new icon set and updated stylesheets and templates
  • Content / artefact chooser is now on the left-hand side
  • Elasticsearch search plugin (PostgreSQL support in 1.8 only; MySQL support projected for 1.9)
  • Flexible page layouts allowing users to align content in rows and not only columns
  • Page skins
  • Import Leap2A files into an existing account

Other notable new features include:

  • Attachments on résumé fields and text boxes / notes
  • Embedding of PDFs in a page
  • Drag and drop files into the files area
  • Tags on all internal artefacts
  • LDAP user and group sync
  • Admin features: Filter for duplicate email addresses, display authentication method in the user search

See the full list of new features and bug fixes here:

How to install / upgrade

You can find instructions on how to install a new Mahara site or upgrade an existing one on our wiki:'s_Guide/Installing_Mahara's_Guide/Upgrading_Mahara

If you are looking for translations, have a look at this page:

Supported releases

Both Mahara 1.6 and 1.7 are still supported for security updates. The support for Mahara 1.6 will end with the release of 1.9 (targeted for April 2014), and the support for Mahara 1.7 will end with Mahara 2.0 (targeted for October 2014).

For more information, please see

If you are running a Mahara site lower than 1.6, we highly recommend you upgrade to 1.8 to receive security updates. Users of Mahara 1.6 and 1.7 can stay on their versions until that support runs out.

All site administrators running a supported version of Mahara are encouraged to subscribe to our security announcements:

Support and bugs

If you find any bugs in this new release, please feel free to use our bug tracker to report them:

And if you need help with anything, the support forum is the best place to ask your questions:

The user manual has been updated to reflect the changes that we have made for Mahara 1.8. New features are listed under the "New in Mahara 1.8" index entry.


We would like to thank the following organisations for funding the features and bug fixes that have gone into Mahara 1.8 (in alphabetical order):

Mahara Partner fees contributed to infrastructural support.

We would also like to highlight all the people who have contributed code to this release.

Code contributors (listed are the number of changesets per contributor):

Developers with the most changesets:

Aaron Wells 110 36.7%
Robert Lyon 103 34.4%
Son Nguyen 26 8.7%
Evonne Cheung 22 7.3%
Kristina D.C. Hoeppner 12 4.0%
Gregor Anželj 6 2.0%
Nitish Bezzala 5 1.7%
Hugh Davenport 3 1.0%
Ruslan Kabalin 3 1.0%
Mikael Mrozik 2 0.7%
John Kelsh 1 0.3%
Mike Kelly 1 0.3%
Patrick Pollet 1 0.3%
Mitsuhiro Yoshida 1 0.3%
Dirk Meyer 1 0.3%
Melissa Draper 1 0.3%
Stefan Topfstedt 1 0.3%
Stacey Walker 1 0.3%

And the organisations they work for:

Catalyst IT 272 90.7%
Gimnazija Bežigrad 6 2.0%
Lancaster University 3 1.0%
Netspot 1 0.3%
University of California, San Francisco 1 0.3%
University of the Arts London 1 0.3%
iCampus21 1 0.3%
Unaffiliated 15 5.0%

The most complete translations at the time of writing (at least 90%):

  • Basque (Contributors: Abel Camacho, Asier Iturralde Sarasola, Iñaki Arenaza, Juan Ezeiza)
  • Catalan (Contributors: Albert Gasset, David Planella, Joan Queralt Gil, Puri Andrés)
  • French (Contributors: Dominique-Alain Jan, Hélène V., Pascale Hyboud-Peron, Paula Caterino, londumas, Philippe Petitquex)
  • Greek (Contributors: Hasiotis Nikos, Ioannis Katsenos, Kostas Milonas, Yannis Kaskamanidis)
  • Japanese (Contributor: Mitsuhiro Yoshida)
  • Slovenian (Contributor: Gregor Anželj)

For a full list of translations and contributors, please see

And finally, thanks also go to the security researchers who help make Mahara secure.


The 1.8 Release Managers

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