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Guest access

Guest login

Beside OpenOlat users a guest access can be enabled. Guests are anonymous, not registered users, which cannot be managed in the user management.

In order to grant guests access the guest login has to be activated by the administrator of the OpenOlat instance. It is also possible to configure which OpenOlat areas guests have access to and which not. These basic settings can only be made by the system administrator.

Generally, various learning resources, e.g. wikis, blogs, tests, videos or glossaries can be unlocked for guests.

Course level


Guest access can only be activated for conventional courses, not for learning path courses.

In a course, the course owner can set up the access configuration in the "Settings"→ "Access" tab so that guests can also access the course. The booking method must be activated as a setting and guest access must be selected in a second step.

guest access

The following course elements can be seen by guests:

  • Read only: CP learning content, blog, wiki, forum, notifications, calendar, single page, external page, file dialog, link list
  • Forum: In the course editor it can be defined by the course owner, if guests should be allowed to create forum entries
  • Watch podcast and video
  • Participant folder: same as normal user
  • SCORM: do
  • Test: do it depending on configuration
  • Self test: do (even if option is not selected)
  • Participate in BigBlueButton, OpenMeetings and similar meetings
  • Edit Surveys

If you want to give a guest a direct access to a course, you can send him/her the external link for the course.

Info page

Tip: Alternative to guests

If you want to invite someone to an OpenOlat course who does not yet have an OpenOlat account, you can alternatively use the option "Invite external members" in the member administration. The invited person will then receive a registration link and limited access to OpenOlat, but has more possibilities than a guest.


Administrative settings are made by OpenOlat administrators in the section Login → "Guest and Invitation" and under "Customizing" → "Sites".