Ilios Project Updates: Making curriculum in the health professions more meaningful in a complex and changing world.
    curriculum management for the health professions


We are pleased to let you know that the latest update of Ilios is out and available. This release, v3.87.1, contains a number of important bugfixes and improvements, including a fix for the LDAP directory lookup utility.

What's the buzz? Tell me what's happening:

Since the release of the most recent version of the API in 2020, there has been a burst of effort from the development team to update the platform code to conform with constantly evolving requirements in our native technology stack and with upstream dependencies. This is, in the open source world, more of a steady state than a single effort, but for Ilios it is important to note the impressive achievement this focus has been over the past year, and just how it is now paying off.

One example is the management of Program Years. Because of the current ongoing refactoring, that module - in particular the creation of new Program Years - is now on the order of 30 times faster than in the previous code. Many areas where large amounts of data are posted or replicated will also see comparable performance improvements in the coming weeks.

Some of the areas we intend to tackle in this respect include
  • bulk user creation/assignment/update
  • session copy
  • learner group copy
We will keep you alerted as these improvements continue to roll out.
if you have questions please don't hesitate to send us a note at

Highlights in this release:
  • API Changes: None
  • Schema Changes: None
  • Other Changes: Continuing code refactoring; improved performance for Program Year management; corrected error calling to LDAP directory search


  • current version: 3.87.1
  • next scheduled release: 03/26/2021
The latest code and the complete changelog for this release, as always, are available for download here:

Get automatic upgrades, always stay on the most current releases, and enjoy the security of knowing that your servers are being managed by the core Ilios team! We can help migrate your existing Ilios, or if you are new to Ilios we can spin you up an original setup. Interested in having us host your Ilios instance in our secure production environment? Let us know! 
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LTI DEPLOYMENT: You can now plug the Ilios events & calendar dashboard, as well as the course manager, directly into your LTI-compatible LMS pages. It's as easy as clicking your mouse (two or three times). In order to deploy, you will need to be provided with a secure access key. Please email us for complete instructions at

TRAINING: Are you interested in getting a focused training for your power Ilios users and managers in your school or institution? We can do that for you: 1.5 - 2 days of focused training on the most effective ways to leverage Ilios as power users, and deliver information to your students and faculty in the best way possible, custom-tailored for your needs and methodologies. Please contact us if you are interested.

How to Update Your Frontend:
The Ilios frontend is always up-to-date on our content-delivery servers at Amazon S3, but you will need to regularly run a console command on your backend instance in order ensure that your users are seeing the latest version and that they are getting all the latest features and bugfixes. To make sure you users are receiving the latest frontend code at all times, just follow the steps described here:

Though you will probably never need to deploy the Ilios 3 Frontend on your own servers, the source for the frontend code can always be found at

The changelog for updates specific to the frontend can be viewed here.

Our online user guides are available at

the Ilios Team

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