How Long For Canvas To Update

The main topic of today’s blog article is a commonly asked question among Canvas users: “How long does it typically take for Canvas to update? The response to this inquiry is not as clear-cut as one might expect, as it is dependent on various factors such as the type of update and the specific elements being updated.

Automatic Updates

Canvas has an automatic system update that occurs every three weeks, bringing you the latest features, improvements, and bug fixes. This applies to all Canvas customers and there’s no need for user intervention—Canvas does it all for you.

Grades and Course Content Updates

Perhaps what most users are concerned about is how long it takes for grades and course contents to be updated. Typically, grades uploaded to Canvas are updated instantly. However, if your professor or school uses a separate grading system that syncs with Canvas, it could take up to 24 hours.

Course content updates, on the other hand, are almost always immediate. Once your instructor publishes new content or makes changes to the course, those changes should reflect immediately on your Canvas portal. If they do not, it might be worth reaching out to your instructor.

Syncing with External Tools

If your institution uses external tools that sync with Canvas, the update frequency will depend on the specific tool. Some may update in real-time, while others may require a few hours.

If you’re having problems with updates not reflecting, it might be a caching issue. Try clearing your browser’s cache to see if that resolves the issue. If not, reach out to your institution’s tech support or the support for the specific tool you’re using.


The Canvas update cycle is tailored to ensure minimal disruption while providing users with the most up-to-date features and fixes. Getting to know the update rhythms for different aspects of Canvas can help users manage their expectations and make the most of this robust learning management system.