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OpenBoard 1.5.3 under Windows 10 in full screen mode
Basic data

developer Openboard
Publishing year 2013
Current  version 1.5.4
operating system Windows , macOS , Linux , Ubuntu
programming language C ++
category Free learning software
License GPLv3 ( Free Software )
German speaking Yes

OpenBoard is free software for interactive whiteboards that is compatible with almost all available digital boards and projectors and the associated remote controls, as well as with tablets. OpenBoard is a fork of Open-Sankoré and has been developed by the Service Écoles-Médias | service des écoles et médias of Geneva since 2014 .


The whiteboard software Uniboard was developed in 2003 at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and marketed in 2008 by a spin-off from the university, the company Mnemis SA. In 2010, the non-profit interest group for digital education in Africa (GIP ENA) bought the rights and published the software under the name Open-Sankoré (published under the open source license GPLv3 ). OpenBoard is a fork of Open-Sankoré 2.0 and has been developed by the Service Écoles-Médias | service des écoles et médias of Geneva since 2014 . The source code is available on GitHub.


In addition to the functions for simulating an electronic whiteboard (pen, marker, eraser), Openboard has additional options such as a virtual keyboard, applications (ruler, compasses, magnifying glass, calculator, function plotter) and interactive applications for designing exercises. Openboard documents can be exported in .ubz format or in Portable Document Format (PDF) and exchanged with other users. With the podcast option, the creation of the whiteboard image can be recorded together with the sound and saved as a whiteboard animation (video).

Expansion options

The functionality of OpenBoard can be extended by HTML5 applications. In French, applications are e.g. B. available from François Le Cléac'h. Additional applications translated into German can be found on the German-language OpenBoard page.


OpenBoard user interface (version 1.5.3)

The operating concept is based on intuitive and efficient usability. In particular, it should also be aimed at teachers, schoolchildren and students who have no special technical knowledge. Any type of document can be inserted into the program (text, images, Flash animations, videos). Several screens (e.g. notebook and projector) can be used for the lecture. Classical methods are also available. For example, a virtual laser pointer can be used or content can be covered with a “mask” (as in a lecture with an overhead projector ).


The program is currently available in the following languages: German, English, French and Italian. Extensions (applications) are available in a translated version on the German-language Openboard website.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. History of Openboard. Retrieved August 30, 2019 .
  2. Openboard
  3. Openboard on Github
  4. Open-Sankoré applications by François Le Cléac'h
  5. OpenBoard applications (extensions)
  6. OpenBoard content in German