Importing Blackboard Course Files into Canvas

One thing that Blackboard and Canvas do have in common is a common place to store course files. In Blackboard this is the Central Course File Repository, while in Canvas it is simply Files.

If you would like to import only course files (as opposed to the entire course), we recommend that you do not do this through the Course Import Tool and instead directly through the CCFR/Files areas.

This tutorial will take you through the steps involved in exporting your files from Blackboard as a .zip file, then importing them in the Files area of Canvas.

Exporting Files from Blackboard

  • Go to and find the course you wish to export files from.
  • In the Control Panel, click the right-facing arrow on the Files tab. You will now find yourself in the Central Course File Repository.
  • From the list, check the boxes next to the files that you would like to copy to Canvas. To choose all files in the repository, check the box at the very top of the menu.

Files section

  • At the bottom and top of the list, there will be a Download Package button. Once you have selected your files, click this button to download them to your computer.
  • A download window will appear. Make sure that Save File is checked, then click OK. Choose where on your computer you'd like the file to be saved. For convenience, it is a good idea to save the file to your desktop. Click Save.

Importing the .zip File into Canvas

  • Now that you have a .zip file of all of your documents, you can upload it to your Canvas course files. Start by logging into UW Canvas at
  • From the courses tab, choose the course you would like to import your files into.

course section of canvas

  •  Click the Files tab to view your existing course files or upload new ones.

files button

  • In the top right corner of the menu, click the import a zip file icon. This is the icon on the far right with the green arrow on it.

upload button

  • You will be redirected to the import files page. Click the browse button, then locate and select the .zip file on your computer.
  • Next, choose where you'd like the file to upload to. Choose the general course files, unless you would like them uploaded to a different area.
  • Once you have completed all of these steps, click the Upload File button.
  • The file will begin to upload, and a progress bar will notify you when the process is complete.


  • The course files will now be available within the Files section of your Canvas course. After the process is complete, you will be redirected to this section.