SafeExamBrowser (SEB) is a secure kiosk web browser environment used to carry out e-assessments that run on exam servers. SEB opens a web browser without an address and search bar, loads a pre-configured webpage and locks an iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch) into a single app kiosk mode. This mode prevents students from switching to other apps, accessing websites and communicating with other students during an exam. SEB enables secure exams on unmanaged iOS devices like students' own iPads as well as on iOS devices owned and managed by an institution. SEB doesn't use a centralized server or cloud service; it can be configured with an API, config files and config links. It can be used with most web-based quiz and e-assessment systems. For improved security and usability, some exam systems provide additional built-in support for SEB. Currently, SEB integrates especially well with learning management systems (LMS) such as Moodle, ILIAS, OpenOLAT and with several non-commercial and commercial exam systems, such as Inspera Assessment, Dugga, or EvaExam.

SEB uses one of the single app modes provided by iOS. After an exam is submitted, SEB can automatically end the app self-lock kiosk mode (an exam invigilator could also use a quit password to end the SEB exam session and unlock the device if necessary).

SEB features an optional Dock displaying buttons for various commands. Instead or in addition, a left slider menu shows a list of open browser tabs and commands which can be used to (if enabled in settings) quit an exam session, jump back to the start page of an exam, reload a web page, and navigate back/forward in the browsing history.

SEB for iOS uses the same format for encrypted .seb configuration files as the SEB versions for other platforms. Those config files allow to individually configure SEB to display the start page of an exam system or an exam portal page with a list of links to current exams. If SEB for iOS is installed using a mobile device management (MDM) system, its initial configuration can easily be deployed using the "MDM Managed Configuration" feature. You can also directly start an exam with an individual configuration in SEB for iOS using a special config hyperlink. This link can be opened by examinees from Safari, Mail or a messenger app. In addition, you can use QR codes containing SEB links. An exam can directly be started in SEB by using the iOS Camera app or the built-in QR code scanner.

SEB also works together with Apple Classroom, teachers can start individually configured exams on all student devices. See for more information.

SafeExamBrowser for iOS was developed by Daniel R. Schneider, ETH Zurich, Educational Development and Technology (LET), based on the original idea of Safe Exam Browser by Stefan Schneider, University of Giessen
Project concept: Thomas Piendl, Daniel R. Schneider, Damian Büchel, Andreas Hefti, Dirk Bauer, Michael Kern, Kai Reuter, Tobias Halbherr, Karsten Burger, Marco Lehre, Brigitte Schmucki, Oliver Rahs.

Safe Exam Browser is released as freeware. The code is subject to the Mozilla Public License Version 1.1 (the "License"); you may only use these files in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at .

Important parts of this project have been carried out as part of the program "AAA/SWITCH – e-Infrastructure for e-Science" led by SWITCH, the Swiss National Research and Education Network and the cooperative project "Learning Infrastructure" (part of the CRUS program "Information scientifique: accès, traitement et sauvegarde") coordinated by SWITCH, and was supported by funds from the ETH Board and the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

What’s New

Version 2.1.15

New in SEB 2.1.15:
• Now allowing to run on iOS 13 by default.
• Client settings with a quit password now allow to reconfigure when the exam isn't running.
• Tapping Cancel in the "No Kiosk Mode Available" alert now displays the "Exam Session Finished" alert instead of asking to activate AAC Single App Mode immediately again.
• Fixed that a Quit Link with a trailing slash didn't work.
• Now clearing cookie store when starting SEB, to prevent that some authentication logins persist.

New in SEB 2.1.14:
‪• The Browser Exam Key and the new Config Key hash values are generated by SEB for iOS and sent with HTTP requests. Compatible assessment systems can use these values to verify that an exam is accessed with an approved version of SEB and deny access if a regular browser is used, if SEB is used with wrong settings or if a manipulated version of SEB is used.
• SEB 2.1.14 fixes an issue in SEB 2.1.13 which occurred when checking the app integrity and for creating the Browser Exam Key.
‪• ‬SEB for iOS now supports the URL filter feature to restrict access to websites/pages/web resources. Use the desktop versions of SEB to generate config files containing such URL filter rules.
‪• ‬SEB now uses the full native resolution when running on iPad Pro devices with Face ID.
‪• ‬SEB now supports Slide Over and Split View when not running in Single App Mode (for open book exams or when using SEB together with other apps in exams on managed devices).
‪• ‬On iPad devices supporting picture in picture video (PiP), video plays in a movable and resizable overlay window. If not running SEB in Single App Mode (open book exams, using other apps in exams on managed devices), PiP video keeps playing even if switching to other apps.
‪• ‬Added options to allow media auto play and to control if video can be played inline on a web page or only in full screen.
‪• ‬SEB for iOS now optionally supports downloading website generated files (using the data: scheme) . This feature allows saving encrypted exam results in case network connection fails. Such downloaded files can be accessed in the Files app ("On My iPad/iPhone" location) and with iTunes.
‪• ‬Added support for encrypting SEB config files with identity certificates. These certificates have to be distributed to exam devices by embedding them into a client config file. SEB exam config files encrypted with this certificate can afterwards be opened without students having to enter an SEB exam settings password.
‪• ‬New identity certificates for encrypting and decrypting config files can easily be created in the built-in settings editor. They can even be automatically created and auto-selected for encrypting exam configs.
‪• ‬Added iOS 13 to the "Allow Running on iOS Beta" option.
‪• ‬Added options for links requesting to open in new tab: open in same or new tab, always block or block when on another server.
‪• ‬The Quit Link feature can now optionally restart an exam session instead of quitting it.
‪• ‬Exam sessions can now optionally be reconfigured before having to first quit the running exam session.
‪• ‬Clearing of session cookies can now optionally be disabled, allowing users to stay logged in if they already were in a previous session.
‪• ‬Deep linking for exams now also works with sebs:// links (in addition to Universal Links).
‪• ‬SEB for iOS now saves log files, which can help when analyzing issues. Those logs can be emailed to the SEB developers or to an exam administrator.
‪• ‬Improved reliability of MDM Managed Configuration, important for iPads owned, deployed and managed by an institution.
‪• ‬Stability and security improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

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Can’t exit the program

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Prob­a­bly your teacher/exam or­ga­niz­er didn’t con­fig­ure SEB cor­rect­ly. They should use a “Quit Link” to exit the sin­gle app mode af­ter you fin­ish your exam. When the red lock screen ap­pears with a mes­sage “SEB is locked be­cause Sin­gle App Mode was switched off dur­ing the exam or the de­vice was restart­ed”, then the teacher has to un­lock SEB again with the quit pass­word. And you don’t have to wait 8 hours to un­lock your de­vice if you ac­ci­den­tal­ly locked it: Just restart your de­vice (switch off and then on).


ETH Zurich
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Requires iOS 9.3.5 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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