Mahara 1.6 has been released!

Out of the 32 recorded new features and over 130 bug fixes, we would like to highlight some.


  • A new “responsive theme”, designed to work fluidly on many screen sizes; especially mobile devices
  • Members of multiple institutions can decide which theme to use
  • Basic support for theming logged-out users

Pages and blocks

  • Option for images to be resized at upload time
  • Ability to add journal entries directly from a page
  • Tagged journal entries block can show full entries

Copying and sharing

  • Collections can be submitted to groups
  • Mobile uploads support multiple devices
  • Mobile API support for journal entries and attaching files to journal entries
  • Mobile API support for syncing messages, tags, files, and journals

Usability and documentation

  • Breadcrumbs in small headers are visible at all times
  • New “Unpublish” button for journal entries
  • Optional “Clean URLs” for user profiles, portfolio pages, groups and group pages with support for subdomains


  • More sorting options on member’s listing in a group
  • Collections are available for groups, institutions and on the site level
  • Group information expanded to include number of forums, topics and posts
  • Group admins can enable and view participation reports within groups
  • Editability of group content can be limited with a start and end time
  • Pagination for forum topics

Admin tools

  • Statistics for institutions and more statistics at the site level
  • Cron error message appears red for visibility
  • Option to add institution staff rights during registration approval
  • Configurable SafeIframe site list
  • Option to allow self registration process for users authenticating via Persona
  • Cron can poll an imap inbox for mail bounces
  • Option to allow local customisation of “Edit site pages” list
  • “User search” in the admin area links to profile pages

See the full list of more than 130 bug fixes here:

News – Mahara 1.6 has been released! – Mahara ePortfolio System.

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