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Blackboard Collaborate Launcher

The Blackboard Collaborate Launcher is a utility for Windows and Mac. It provides a convenient and reliable way for you to launch your Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing sessions and recordings. When you click Join Room on the Room Details page or a recording link in the Recordings table, Blackboard Collaborate checks to see if you have the launcher installed. If you do not, Blackboard Collaborate prompts you to download it.

When the launcher is installed, clicking a session or recording link triggers the download of a .collab file. The launcher uses this file to launch Blackboard Collaborate using a known and stable version of Java. Because the launcher includes the required Java, you do not need to install and maintain the system version of Java.

To learn more, open our Collaborate Knowledge Base and search for "launcher." You will find helpful articles and FAQs.

These help topics document the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher available in versions 4.4 and 4.6 or later of the Blackboard Collaborate Building Block.