User pictures

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.0. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: User pictures.

User pictures

Every user on Moodle is able to have their own personal profile picture (or "avatar") which can be uploaded via their profile. If no picture has been uploaded then the default is:


Viewing all user pictures

Updating user pictures

Settings block >My profile > Edit profile Users can update their picture by editing their user profile. The site administrator can disable this ability in Settings > Site administration > Security > Site policies.

The user's picture (also known as an Avatar) is usually displayed next to the user's name. For example, next to content they have has posted in a forum, or in a participant list.

There is a default image that is used by the Moodle site. The site administrator can change the default images.

An example of the old default image.
  • There is a delete box when checked will delete the picture when the profile is saved.
  • There is a browse button for the user to find and upload a picture file.
  • The upload image will be reduced and saved in two files of 100px by 100px and 35px by 35px.
  • The picture description appears when the mouse rolls over the picture.
TIP: The site administrator can view all uploaded user pictures via the URL <moodle url>/userpix/. For example
TIP: Want the default picture to be blank? Replace the picture with a file that has 1 white pixel.
TIP: The site administrator can change the default picture for the site by replacing the F1 and F2 images in the theme or pic folders.
TIP: Remember to refresh your browser to see any picture changes.

Uploading user pictures in bulk

An administrator can upload a zip file containing user images in Settings > Site administration > Users > Accounts > Upload user pictures.


  • The image files should be named after the username, the idnumber or the id of the student (along with the correct image file extension.) For example, a student with the username jbrown98 would have a picture called jbrown98.jpg
  • Image types supported include gif, jpg, and png.
  • Image file names are not case sensitive.

Moodle 2.2

Using Gravatar

Gravatar (an abbreviation for globally recognized avatar) is a service for providing globally unique avatars.

In Moodle 2.2 onwards, an administrator can enable the use of gravatars in Settings > Site administration > Users > Permissions > User policies. If a user has not uploaded a user picture, Moodle will check whether the user's email address has an associated gravatar and if so, will use the gravatar as the user's picture.