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Auto Publish Courses

Hello has anyone found a way to auto publish courses within Canvas?  We recently moved to Canvas from a custom version of  Canvas and the older courses that were imported over are defaulted to unpublish.  Just want to see if there is a way to publish all courses at once instead of having to go in one by one to manually update.

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Community Contributor

Yes. You can use Bulk Publish to publish multiple courses at once. We use it at the beginning of every term.

Dr. John Boekenoogen

University of Oklahoma

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Thank you, I will look into this because I was told Canvas didn't have this feature

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Community Coach

 @jconway , technically Canvas doesn't. The Bulk Publish is a Canvancement (Canvas Enhancement) developed by a Community member‌ because this feature didn't exist in Canvas.

To see the list of other Canvancements that exist check out this page -

Community Participant

Oh ok, thank you for the clarification!

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 @jconway ,

We are giving the Canvas Admins area a little bit of love (especially questions that are really, really old) and just want to check in with you.  This will also bring this question new attention. 


Were you able to find an answer to your question? I am going to go ahead and mark this question as answered because there hasn't been any more activity in a while so I assume that you have the information that you need. If you still have a question about this or if you have information that you would like to share with the community, by all means, please do come back and leave a comment.  Also, if this question has been answered by one of the previous replies, please feel free to mark that answer as correct.



So I know this is an older post, but I'm just doing some research on the topic.  I looked at the Bulk Publish Canvancement, but that appears to only publish/unpublish/delete pages.  Am I missing something?  Is there a way to bulk/auto publish courses other than pulling a SIS export report and changing "unpublished" to "publish"?  I appreciate any help or guidance anyone has to offer!

Thank you,


Is it possible to set an assignment to publish when the availability date hits?
I'd like to populate the semesters worth of assignments without them all showing up in the "To Do" list. 
It would be great if they only show up in "To Do" when they are accessible. 

Sorry if this has been answered. I am new to canvas.