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Who is this guide for?

  • This guide is for instructors who want to install Hypothesis into an individual course.
  • If you are a Canvas admin and want to install Hypothesis at the Account or Sub-Account level, please see our Canvas Administrator Guide.
  • Are you having trouble getting Hypothesis installed in Canvas? Please contact us and send us the information of your Canvas admin or your IT department. We’ll work with them to get Hypothesis installed.

Before creating a course-level install, please check and make sure your LMS administrator hasn’t already installed Hypothesis site-wide.

The Canvas App Center makes installation of LMS apps simpler for Canvas users. To install the Hypothesis LMS app from the Canvas App Center:

1. Generate Hypothesis Credentials

These instructions assume that you have already spoken with a member of our Education Team and been provided with a link to the page where you can generate Hypothesis credentials.

If you have not yet received a link, please fill out this form and a someone from our Education Team will get in touch with you about the next steps.

In the form to generate credentials, fill out the following:

  • LMS Domain:
    • This is the basic web address instructors and students use to access Canvas (e.g., canvas.yourschool.edu)
  • Email:
    • Can be any valid email address that belongs to you
  • Canvas Developer ID and Canvas Developer Key:
    • These values are generated during the creation of Canvas developer credentials. Entering them here is optional, but if you do not provide them now you won’t be able to turn on advanced Canvas integration features for your Hypothesis credentials later. Instead, you’ll need to delete the Hypothesis app and fill out this form again.

Form presented for generating Hypothesis credentials

Click the Generate Credentials button.

You will be shown a screen that contains your new Hypothesis Consumer Key and Shared Secret.

Hypothesis LMS credentials

Don’t close this tab/window! You will need to copy and paste these credentials later in the install process.

2. Access the App Center through your Settings page

In the Course or Account navigation menu, click on Settings:

Left Canvas sidebar

On the Settings page, click on Apps in the top menu:

Canvas Settings

3. Search for the Hypothesis app

Use the search box to find the Hypothesis app. Please note: Due to Canvas’ search functionality, you must search for “Hypothesis”, not “Hypothes.is”.

App Center - search for Hypothesis

Click on the Hypothesis logo to see the app details page, then click the +Add App button:

App Center - add Hypothesis

4. Enter your Hypothesis Credentials

Enter the Hypothesis Consumer Key and Shared Secret that you created back in step 1.

App Center - enter Hypothesis credentials

Click the Add App button.

You should see a pop-up banner confirming that the app has been installed successfully.

The Hypothesis LMS app can be used in two places in Canvas: in Modules or as part of an Assignment. You may wish to consult:

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