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Mahara 1.9 has been released

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15 April 2014, 17:54

Hello Mahara users,

It is mid April and thus time for another Mahara release. We have a number of great new features and bug fixes again.

Without further ado, here are some of the highlights:

  • Fulltext search support for MySQL with Elasticsearch
  • Series of accessibility improvements to achieve W3C WCAG 2.0 Level AA (except for some admin pages)
  • Place feedback for a page in a block
  • Institution-specific dashboard and default language
  • Profile completion progress bar
  • Spam protection enhancements
  • Cookie Consent (esp. important for European users)

Other notable new features include:

  • Support for Creative Commons 4.0
  • Sort files in the "Folder" block ascending or descending and set default sort order
  • Download an entire folder of files as zip file

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 1.7 and 1.8 are still supported for security updates. The support for Mahara 1.7 will end with the release of 1.10 (targeted for October 2014), and the support for Mahara 1.8 will end in April 2015.

For more information, please see

If you are running a Mahara site lower than 1.7, we highly recommend you upgrade to 1.9 to receive security updates. Users of Mahara 1.7 and 1.8 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 is being updated for Mahara 1.9. New features are listed under the "New in Mahara 1.9" index entry. We expect all features to be documented within the next two weeks.


We would like to thank the following organisations for funding the features and bug fixes that have gone into Mahara 1.9 (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:

Robert Lyon 106 28.3%
Jono Mingard 83 22.1%
Aaron Wells 78 20.8%
Son Nguyen 32 8.5%
Mike Kelly 9 2.4%
Kristina Hoeppner 8 2.1%
Yuliya Bozhko 7 1.9%
Evonne Cheung 7 1.9%
Logan Walker 7 1.9%
Piper Biswell 7 1.9%
Ghada El-Zoghbi 6 1.6%
Leo Xiong 4 1.1%
Gregor Anželj 3 0.8%
Nathan Lewis 3 0.8%
Tobias Zeuch 3 0.8%
Tony Butler 2 0.5%
Valerii Kuznetsov 2 0.5%
Adrian Schlegel  1 0.3%
Chris Cormack 1 0.3%
Christian Tuveve-Aiono  1 0.3%
Craig Miskell 1 0.3%
Matt Kolb 1 0.3%
Robert Boloc 1 0.3%
Ruslan Kabalin 1 0.3%
Sean Brennan 1 0.3%

And the organisations they work for or are associated with:

Catalyst IT 323 86.1%
Catalyst Open Source Academy 16 4.3%
Totara LMS 12 3.2%
University of the Arts London 9 2.4%
Gimnazija Bežigrad 3 0.8%
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 3 0.8%
Deltak Innovation 1 0.3%
Lancaster University 1 0.3%
Liip 1 0.3%

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)
  • German (Contributors: Andy Hediger, Christian Kleinhanss, Daniel Winzen, Dennis Baudys, Ernst Artner, Heinz Krettek, Jan Behrens, Jürgen Friedrich, Kristina Hoeppner, Marcel Debray, Michael Wuttke, Nico Verse, Ralf Hilgenstock, Steffen Pegenau, Tobias Bannert, Uwe Böttcher)
  • 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 1.9 Release Managers

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