Setting up a Learning Management System (LMS) is an essential element for eLearning professionals. However, a robust and versatile LMS, that can support your eLearning development needs can be heavy on the pocket. Luckily, there is a wide range of Open Source LMS. They can offer you the practical and adaptable eLearning platform within your budget.

In this blog, we have shortlisted 5 open sources LMS platforms we think you should consider.


Moodle standouts amongst its peers by being the most well known open source LMS options available today. Moodle gives you features like dashboards, learner tracking, and multimedia support giving it its popular stature.  

With Moodle, you can create mobile-friendly online courses, which you can integrate with third-party add-ons. Moodle has combined with PayPal and made the checkout process easy and straightforward. Moodle might be confusing for new users,  but mastering the tool is well worth it if you want total design freedom.


Moodle LMS comes with a wide range of features which includes Gamification, Learner Portal, Mobile Learning, SCORM Compliance, Synchronous Learning, Video Conferencing, Built-in Course Authoring.

It lets you easily create courses and quizzes with multiple choices and assign them to specific users.


Moodle comes up with a long learning curve. It will take a lot of time of newbies to learn how to use its wide range of features and implement them well. Also, many non-technical people find it difficult to install and maintain moodle.

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2. TalentLMS

TalentLMS is a popular open source Learning Management System. It is a cloud-based LMS TalentLMS designed to meet the educational and training requirements of organizations for their students, customers, employees, and partners

With its powerful features and great capabilities, it reduces the complexity of creating and delivering e-learning and makes the process simple and straightforward. As it is a cloud-based LMS, there is no need for installation, upgrade or backup, you can easily access the platform on any device.


TalentLMS brings numerous features. The best parts are its simple and easy setup and configuration. It allows you to switch between different roles, so there is no need for individual accounts for an administrator, instructor, and learner.

Any good LMS supports SCORM and the xAPI, but TalentLMS is one step ahead and manages CMI5 packaging and credential handshaking as well. It offers configuration gamification settings with impressive presentation and usability of the platform.  


TalentLMS Customer support opening times are more centered on Europe, though customers in Latin America or other parts of the world have to wait for few hours for a response. In reporting, there is no option that collects excel activities inside a course.

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Docebo is among the most popular cloud-based e-learning solution. With its Software as a Service (SaaS) Learning Management System (LMS), it has revolutionized the online marketplace. Docebo has an awesome look and appeal for its users. It brings numerous features and supports all types of learning including blending, mobile and social learning initiatives.


Docebo is a very clean and up-to-date platform. Users find it easy to use and manage. It is a very flexible platform and brings a lot of customization and also off the shelf features that allows you to plug and play.


Although it is a very good LMS solution there is always room for improvement. Docebo should include a certificate in a congratulatory email after completion of the certification learning plan. To get the certificate, the user has to navigate back to the final course and download from a widget.

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4. LearnPress

LearnPress is one of the most popular WordPress LMS plugins. It brings a bunch of features and add-ons. It has user-friendly UI and offers beautiful themes as well. It’s a free core plugin. However, you can extend its functionality with both free and paid add-ons.

 You can build your courses and lessons with regular WordPress post types, as well as a helpful Curriculum section that helps you organize lessons and sections with drag and drop. With the free and premium add-ons, you can include following courses in your courses:

  • Quizzes
  • Drip-fed content
  • Prerequisite courses
  • Certificates


LearnPress brings numerous features. It lets you export course lists in for other LearnPress users.LearnPress offers flexible payment methods, Powerful control tools, and access and easy User Interface, with drag and drop course builder. Moreover, it also provides custom certificates for courses and activities and content restriction to members only.


 LearnPress LMS initial setup may be difficult for beginners. It provides limited support to a free user, however, paid subscribers to get full support from official forums.

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Final Thoughts

Open Source LMS lets you build eLearning courses,  especially if you are ready to take the time to master all of its features. Sometimes, these platforms come with a learning curve, though the cost-savings and independence of design may be well worth it in the end.

We hope that you found our article helpful. If you think we missed some LMS that you think we should have discussed, feel free to share your experience with us.

Mustafa Zaidi is a Power User at LMSNinjas. He has been a huge fan of WordPress since he first laid eyes on it. Mustafa provides support for the upkeep, supporting and maintaining a company website. In his free time, he loves to read and portraying his ideas through short films. You can follow him at: