Installation of Blackboard Collaborate launcher for Mac

If you are a first-time Blackboard Collaborate user, you will need to install the Blackboard Collaborate launcher on your computer in order to join the session.  Instructions vary depending on whether you are using a Mac or PC. Following are the instructions for Mac.

For this following example the System information is: Mac OS X Yosemite (Version 10.10.4). Web Browser used for installation is Safari.

  • Click on a BlackBoard meeting session or recording link. Blackboard Collaborate will prompt you to a Blackboard Collaborate Downloading Session page. If you don’t have a Blackboard Collaborate Launcher installed (for first time user, if you have not previously installed the launcher or if your browser "thinks" you have not installed the launcher), click on the link that says download the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher.


  •  This will automatically re-direct to Get the Launcher page. If not already selected, select Mac from the drop-down menu and click Download.

  • Safari will automatically download Once the download is complete, find a Blackboard Collaborate Launcher file in your Downloads. 


  • Open the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher file and click Open. It will then prompt you again, click on Move to Application Folder option. 


  • Once, this is done, the Blackboard launcher is installed in your Mac. After the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher is installed, go back to the meeting session or recording link and click on it, it will download the .collab file in your browser's Download and open it. 
  • When you open that file, it will first verify the application you are using and will prompt you with a Security Warning. Click Run.


  • If you are using the launcher for the first time, you will be prompted with a terms and condition window. Click Accept. 


  • Next step is to choose your connection speed. Choose the right connection speed from the drop-down list and click OK.


  • Your session should now be running.