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External Tools - Administration

In this area, the OpenOlat administrators can switch various external tools on and off and, depending on the tool, configure certain basic settings that apply system-wide. The tools include several virtual classrooms as well as document tools, analysis tools and a PDF generator.


BigBlueButton module


In the OpenOlat system administration you can configure the OpenMeetings module and activate the functionality. To configure the OpenMeetings module, enter the URL of the OpenMeetings server in the tab "Configuration", as well as the username of the web service previously created in OpenMeetings and the corresponding password. Then save the data and press the "Check the connection" button to check the connection data.

If the module is switched on and the connection parameters to the OpenMeetings server are correct, OpenOlat can create and use OpenMeetings rooms in the following locations:

  • In courses with the course element OpenMeetings. Each course element creates a corresponding room on the OpenMeetings server.
  • In groups with the OpenMeetings group tool. Each group has its own OpenMeetings room that can be used like any other group tool.

The tab "Rooms" gives administrators an overview of the OpenMeetings rooms created in OpenOlat.

Adobe Connect

Activation and configuration of Adobe Connect, if license available.


The Zoom integration lets you manage and start Zoom meetings.

Learn how to activate and configure the Zoom integration.

LTI 1.3

Here LTI 1.3 can be activated and configured in more detail e.g. external LTI platforms and tools can be connected.

This LTI version is currently in the trial phase.


Activation and configuration if license available.


In order to use the vitero connection, you must have a vitero license and make the following settings in the administration environment:

A valid vitero license must exist and the access data for the Web Service API must be entered in the administration environment.

Under "Time Zone OLAT Server" you can set the time zone of your OLAT system. This is necessary to synchronize the times of the appointments with the vitero system.

You will receive the following information from your vitero or OLAT administrator: "URL vitero server", "Web service username", "Web service password" and "Customer identifier".

Once you have entered the password, select the "Test server connection" button to check the configuration and the connection to the vitero server. Then you can save the configuration and use vitero in your courses.

Please note that user accounts are automatically created for the OLAT connection on the vitero server. Any existing user accounts and appointments will not be considered.


Activation and configuration if license available.

Youtube API

Enter, remove or check API key.


Activation of MediaSite. MediaSite is an automated video platform for video recording, video management and subtitling. The OpenOlat Mediasite module allows you to integrate MediaSite content into courses as a single presentation, channel, or module. For more information, see the MediaSite documentation.


Edu-sharing is a software for networking learning platforms, exchanging learning content, metadata and tools and making them searchable in an education cloud and usable in all connected systems. In the administration the module can be activated in general and the use of edu-sharing as course element can be enabled.

Configuration takes place in four steps:
1. Enter and save configuration values.
2. Generate and save keys.
3. Import and save the edu-sharing repositoiry public key.
4. In edu-sharing: Connect OpenOlat as an application. URL with metadata:


Further information can be found on the website of edu-sharing.


Possibility to activate external analytics services.

PDF Generator

In OpenOlat PDFs can be created in various places, e.g. certificates, test results, member lists or similar. These functions are only available if one of the PDF services below is configured.

Gotenberg is a PDF Generator based on Google Chrome or Chromium, and it is docker based.

More information on Gotenberg can be found at Gotenberg and GitHub.

To learn more about how to install and configure the Gotenberg service please visit the installation manual..

Athena PDF (outdated)

AthenaPDF is a PDF generator based on Electron and Docker. This implementation uses the Variant micro service.

More information on AthenaPDF can be found at GitHub.

To learn more about how to install and configure the AthenaPDF service please visit the installation manual.