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Mahara 16.04 has been released

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28 April 2016, 21:42

Hello Mahara users,

We are excited to announce our latest version of Mahara, version 16.04, which we have released today. We'd like to thank everybody who has contributed to this release by reporting, discussing, fixing, developing, and testing patches and new features, translating the interface, and testing the release candidates over the past weeks.

Highlights in Mahara 16.04 include:

  • Embed internal video and audio via HTML5-based media player
  • Display Open Badges in a block
  • Embed content via Embedly

Other notable new features include:

  • Choose tags via a select box
  • Embed OGA and OGV media files
  • Style guide for developers
  • Send wall post notifications via email
  • Scale internal videos, and images in text entries automatically

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

If you'd like to have a quick overview of the important features, you can check out a recent presentation or its recording.

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 15.04 and 15.10 are still supported for security updates. The support for Mahara 15.10 will end with the release of the next version in April 2017, and the support for Mahara 15.04 will end in October 2017. Since the 15.04 release is the last one before moving to Bootstrap, we extended the support for it to 2.5 years instead of the usual 1.5 years to give institutions more time to upgrade if they have a lot of customizations.

For more information, please see

If you are running a Mahara site lower than 15.04, we highly recommend you upgrade to 16.04 to receive security updates. Users of Mahara 15.04 and 15.10 can stay on their versions until that support runs out. Mahara 1.10 will receive one more minor version update.

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 for Mahara 16.04. New features are listed under the "New in Mahara 16.04" index entry.


We would like to thank the following organisations for funding the features and bug fixes that have gone into Mahara 16.04 (in alphabetical order):

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):

Robert Lyon 183 40.0%
Aaron Wells 84 18.3%
Liam Sharpe 56 12.2%
Pat Kira 39 8.5%
Son Nguyen 26 5.7%
Kristina Hoeppner 15 3.3%
Jono Mingard 7 1.5%
Mason Warring 7 1.5%
Walter Lowe 6 1.3%
Jean-Philippe Gaudreau 4 0.9%
Jen Zajac 4 0.9%
Gregor Anzelj 3 0.7%
Charlie Amoah 2 0.4%
Rafael Goesmann 2 0.4%
Ghada El-Zoghbi 2 0.4%
Jinelle Foley-Barnes 2 0.4%
Evonne Cheung 2 0.4%
Sarah Cotton 2 0.4%
Stanislav Tsymbalov 1 0.2%
Darren Harkness 1 0.2%
Tobias Zeuch 1 0.2%
David Ligne 1 0.2%
Dale Smith 1 0.2%
Evan Giles 1 0.2%
Hugh Davenport 1 0.2%
Jitendra Rana 1 0.2%
Mark Webster 1 0.2%
Gary Leydon 1 0.2%
Manuel Gogl 1 0.2%
Toni Gardiner 1 0.2%

And the organisations they work for or are associated with:

Catalyst 427 93.2%
Catalyst Open Source Academy 15 3.3%
Université de Montreal 5 1.1%
Povsod 3 0.7%
Athabasca University 3 0.7%
Province of Tirol 1 0.2%
Southampton Solent University 1 0.2%
Yale University 1 0.2%
Other 2 4.3%

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

  • Basque (Contributors: Abel Camacho, Asier Iturralde Sarasola, Ibai Oihanguren Sala, Iñaki Arenaza, Juan Ezeiza)
  • Catalan (Contributors: Albert Gasset, David Planella, Joan Queralt Gil, JoanColl, Juan Segarra Montesinos, Puri Andrés)
  • Czech (Contributors: David Mudrak, Dominik Fellner, Viktor Fuglík)
  • French (Contributors: Alain Benoit, Alexandre Croteau, David Truong, Dominique-Alain Jan, François Lizotte, Hélène V., Jean Marc, londumas, Melvin Romero, Pascale Hyboud-Peron, Paula Caterino, Pierre Guinoiseau, sic, Stéphane)
  • German (Contributors: Andy Hediger, Christian Kleinhanss, Daniel Winzen, Dennis Baudys, eledia, Ernst Artner, Heinz Krettek, Jan Behrens, Jürgen Friedrich, Kristina Hoeppner, Marcel Debray, Mathias, Michael Wuttke, Moritz Ringler, Nico Verse, Patrick Neumann, Ralf Hilgenstock, Stefanie Berger, Steffen Pegenau, Tobias Bannert)
  • 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 16.04 Release Managers

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