Supported File Types


When attaching files to assignment submissions, Blackboard will open certain file types within the browser for you to view.

Blackboard provides the following list of recognized attachment file types:

Recognized Attachment File Types
Extension File Type Programs Associated with the File Type
AAM Multimedia Macromedia® Authorware® plug-in

The AAM file is the starting point for a series of files that must be enclosed in a ZIP file.

AIFF Audio AIFF is an uncompressed audio format. AIFF files tend to be large.
ASF Multimedia Microsoft® .NET™ Show

ASF files can contain audio, video, images, and text.

AU Audio Real Audio Player™
AVI Video Video player – Windows only
DOC, DOCX Text Microsoft® Word – word processor
EXE Executable Executable files are applications. Some network security policies and firewalls might prohibit users from downloading executable files.
GIF Image Graphics program or web browser
HTML, HTM Web page HTML editor or web browser
JPG, JPEG Image Graphics program or web browser
JIF Image Graphics program or web browser
MP3 Audio Audio program
MP4 Video Video player
MPE Audio/Video Audio program
MPG, MPEG Video Video player
MOOV, MOVIE Movie QuickTime® movie
MOV Video Movie or media player
NUMBERS Spreadsheet Apple Numbers®
PDF Text Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®
PNG Image Graphics editor or web browser
PPT, PPTX, PPS Slideshow Microsoft® PowerPoint®, PowerPoint Player®
QT Movie QuickTime®
RA Audio Real Audio Player™
RAM Video Real Audio Movie™
RM Audio Audio program
RTF Text Word processor
SWF Multimedia Macromedia® Shockwave® plug-in
TIFF, TIF Image Graphics program or web browser
TXT Text Text or HTML editor, word processor
WAV Audio Audio program
WMA Audio Audio program
WMF Graphic Microsoft® Windows®
XLS, XLSX Spreadsheet Microsoft® Excel®
ZIP Compressed package WinZip®

Any file it does not recognize can still be downloaded and opened offline using any native applications installed on your computer.

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Updated on January 31, 2022

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