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30 April 2019, 18:54

Kia ora Mahara community,

Welcome to Mahara 19.04. Today we release this latest version of Mahara. It includes a number of features improving usability and adding some long awaited features to Mahara as well an upgrade to Bootstrap 4.

Highlights in Mahara 19.04 include: 

  • Upgrade to Bootstrap 4
  • Page header update
  • SmartEvidence editor
  • Open links in a new tab / window
  • Forum enhancements
  • Isolated institutions

Other notable new features include:

  • Support for Badgr
  • Rotation of SAML certificate with extra time
  • Setup improvements for Behat tests

View the Mahara user manual for these new features as well as changed functionality.

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

You can check out the feature release video.

Download the code at

Alternatively, you can access it via Git from

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

Mahara 18.04 and 18.10 are still supported for security updates. The support for Mahara 17.10 ends now. Support for Mahara 18.04 will end in October 2019, Mahara 18.10 will be supported until April 2020. Mahara 19.04 will receive updates until October 2020.

For more information, please see

We recommend you upgrade to 19.04 as that gives you the longest support time frame at the moment. If your organisation uses Mahara 18.04 or 18.10, you can stay on either version until their 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:

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 19.04. New features are listed under the "New in Mahara 19.04" index entry.


Many organisations around the world supported the development of Mahara 19.04 through funding new features, bug fixes, or contributing code. We want to thank the following organisations (in alphabetical order) for their support of this release:

We also wish to thank the people who contributed code to this release. They are listed according to the number of changesets:

Robert Lyon 140 30.1%
Liam Sharpe 95 20.4%
Cecilia Vela Gurovic 87 18.7%
Lisa Seeto 29 6.2%
Evonne Cheung 27 5.8%
Doris Tam 26 5.6%
Steven Spinelli 20 4.3%
Rebecca Blundell 16 3.4%
Kristina Hoeppner 6 1.3%
Sarah Kirby 6 1.3%
Kevin Dibble 3 0.6%
Ghada El-Zoghbi 2 0.4%
Gregor Anželj 1 0.2%
bobthevirus 1 0.2%
Marie-Eve Lévesque 1 0.2%
Pippi Sargent 1 0.2%
James William 1 0.2%
Peter Spicer 1 0.2%
Daniel Thee Roperto 1 0.2%
Roisin Pearson 1 0.2%


And the organisations they work for or are associated with:

Catalyst IT 456 98.1%
LearningWorks 3 0.6%
Gimnazija Bezigrad 1 0.2%
Université de Montréal 1 0.2%
Other 4 0.8%


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

  • Basque. Contributors over time: Abel Camacho, Asier Iturralde Sarasola, Ibai Oihanguren Sala, Iñaki Arenaza, Juan Ezeiza
  • Czech. Contributors over time: Viktor Fuglík, David Mudrák, Adam Pátek, Matouš Trča, Veronika Karičáková, Marek Drahovzal, Lukáš Kotek, Jiřina Nováková, Tomáš Jeřábek
  • French. Contributors over time: Alain Benoit, Alain Bolli, Alexandre Croteau, Anne017, Aurelien Besson, Cmathieu, David Truong, Dominique-Alain Jan, Emilie Lenel, Équipe StudiUM, François Lizotte, Giulia Vighetti, Hélène V., Jean Marc, londumas, Melvin Romero, Pascale Hyboud-Peron, Paula Caterino, Philippe Petitqueux, Pierre Guinoiseau, sic, Stéphane
  • German. Contributors over time: Andy Hediger, Christian Kleinhanss, Daniel Winzen, Dennis Baudys, eledia, Ernst Artner, Ettore Atalan, finnnns, Gunnar Staniczek, Heinz Krettek, Jan Behrens, Jürgen Friedrich, Kristina Hoeppner, Marcel Debray, Mathias, Michael Wuttke, Moritz Ringler, Nico Verse, Patrick Neumann, Ralf Hilgenstock, Ralph Ballier, Silas Zahner, Stefanie Berger, Steffen Pegenau, Tobias Bannert
  • Japanese. Contributor over time: Mitsuhiro Yoshida
  • Te Reo Māori. Contributor over time: Ian Cormack
  • Slovenian. Contributor over time: Gregor Anželj

For a full list of translations and contributors, please see

Masayuki Kuwada for having translated the entire user manual into Japanese.

A shoutout also to the people who contributed to Mahara 19.04 in their capacity as business analysts, UX researchers, testers, system administrators, developers improving supporting tools, and security researchers.


The 19.04 Release Managers at Catalyst

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