Moodle 3.10 release notes

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Release date: 9 November 2020

Here is the full list of fixed issues in 3.10.

If you are upgrading from a previous version, please see Upgrading in the user docs.

Server requirements

These are just the minimum supported versions. We recommend keeping all of your software and operating systems up-to-date.

  • Moodle upgrade: Moodle 3.5 or later
  • PHP version: minimum PHP 7.2.0 Note: minimum PHP version has increased since Moodle 3.8. PHP 7.3.x and 7.4.x are supported too. See Moodle and PHP for details.
  • PHP extension mbstring is required (it was previously only recommended)

Database requirements

Moodle supports the following database servers. Again, version numbers are just the minimum supported version. We recommend running the latest stable version of any software.

Database Minimum version Recommended
PostgreSQL 9.6 (increased since Moodle 3.9) Latest
MySQL 5.7 (increased since Moodle 3.9) Latest
MariaDB 10.2.29 (increased since Moodle 3.8) Latest
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Latest
Oracle Database 11.2 Latest

Client requirements

Browser support

Moodle is compatible with any standards compliant web browser. We regularly test Moodle with the following browsers:

Desktop:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge

Note: Moodle 3.10 does NOT support Internet Explorer 11.

Safari 7 and below has known compatibility issues with Moodle 3.10.

Mobile:

  • MobileSafari
  • Google Chrome

For the best experience and optimum security, we recommend that you keep your browser up to date. https://www.whatsmybrowser.org/

Warning

If you have a large database, the upgrade step added in MDL-69687 may be very, very slow. To avoid excessive down-time when you grade, you may want to test for this. A fix is being developed in MDL-70285.

Major features

Download course content

  • MDL-69548 - Add ZipStream library to core
  • MDL-69549 - Create course content export API
  • MDL-69559 - Course content download - add site admin and course level settings, implement in course user interface

Payment subsystem

  • MDL-69166 - Add payment as subsystem supporting payment gateways

H5P updates and improvements

  • MDL-69087 - Add the option to personalize H5P styles
  • MDL-69207 - Add library file caching to h5p
  • MDL-69174 - Method of saving embedded H5P content grades in the gradebook
  • MDL-69520 - Add Example and Tutorial links to the H5P editor
  • MDL-68909 - Clean up temporary H5P editor files

Content bank

  • MDL-69269 - Download content from the content bank
  • MDL-69270 - Replace content file from content bank
  • MDL-68688 - Add a notification when the content bank is empty
  • MDL-68975 - Add the author to the content bank "file details" view

Quiz and questions

  • MDL-45002 - New quiz completion option: At least one (or N) attempt completed
  • MDL-66587 - Scrolling quiz timer
  • MDL-68562 - Qtype_essay: Adding file-size limit to the attachment files

Accessibility improvements

  • MDL-68390 - WCAG 4.1.2: aria-hidden elements contain focusable elements
  • MDL-67687 - Add Behat step to verify WCAG A and WCAG AA compliance

External tool (IMS-LTI)

  • MDL-67473 - LTI Advantage: Content Item flow to support creating multiple links
  • MDL-67301 - Implement LTI 1.3 Dynamic Registration
  • MDL-66934 - LTI: support substitution parameter for course history

Usability improvements

  • MDL-28501 - For folder resource, allow files to be opened in the browser rather than being downloaded
  • MDL-65959 - Let users define their preferred backpack
  • MDL-56041 - Cleanup custom 404 page and more easily support custom 50x error pages
  • MDL-69192 - Assignment grading page: "Changes saved" should not be modal dialog
  • MDL-33981 - Add ability to copy to Equella repository
  • MDL-60621 - Improvement of modal UI when modal exceeds the height of the browser
  • MDL-53966 - Lesson: Allow maximum number of attempts to be unlimited
  • MDL-69613 - Grade report single view - confirm message if Override None is selected
  • MDL-69454 - Use a consistent search input field across all Moodle searches
  • MDL-67278 - Use autocomplete widget for course category selector
  • MDL-68107 - Boost: Make images in topic descriptions scale with the browser window
  • MDL-68702 - Option to not include legacy course files in backup and restore process
  • MDL-69630 - Social activity course format should allow for using the activity chooser
  • MDL-63387 - Show original role name of renamed roles when enrolling users

Other highlights

Functional changes

  • MDL-59510 - Keep OAuth 2 connections alive across users' sessions
  • MDL-66716 - Timeline block shows incorrect date of due items
  • MDL-48391 - tool_uploadcourse should check if enrolment method can be disabled/deleted
  • MDL-69739 - User tours: Add tour-level CSS selector
  • MDL-69464 - Option to allow HTML in the page headings (skip applying format_string)
  • MDL-67419 - Set language in user profile during account auto-creation based on browser language instead of admin setting
  • MDL-37745 - Control the display of available spaces in limited choices

For administrators

  • MDL-67211 - Tasks: Show information about running tasks, allow tasks to be disabled
  • MDL-45849 - New capability to self enrol in course
  • MDL-65451 - User upload via CLI
  • MDL-69307 - Add CLI script to restore a course from backup file
  • MDL-69583 - Add import to tool_customlang
  • MDL-69582 - Add export to tool_customlang
  • MDL-69260 - Add option to show only contributed plugins in uninstall script
  • MDL-69513 - Add ability to add dkim signatures using phpmailer
  • MDL-69265 - Have a way to append fixed arbitrary headers to all emails
  • MDL-69600 - Expose divertallemailsto and divertallemailsexcept in the admin settings GUI
  • MDL-69718 - Add support for terabytes and petabytes in the display_size function

Mobile

  • MDL-65976 - Add a new message provider for course completed
  • MDL-68406 - Add option for "sign-out" only for the Moodle app
  • MDL-68797 - Config setting for mobile file type exclusion list
  • MDL-67841 - Update mobile app connected message so it is not misleading when the user has not used the app for a time
  • MDL-69810 - WebService: Users should be able to contact the site's support via the Moodle App

Performance

  • MDL-69760 - Performance improvement on Moodle Event table
  • MDL-60583 - external_tokens table will benefit from index on token field
  • MDL-68665 - Improve cacheability of assignfeedback_editpdf/stamps
  • MDL-64818 - Improve efficiency of blocks_for_region()
  • MDL-69746 - tool_replace: additional skip tables
  • MDL-68729 - Search: Allow query on one Solr server and indexing on another
  • MDL-68726 - Search: Stop Solr 'optimize' behaviour
  • MDL-68690 - Search: Allow Solr to add documents in batches

Security improvements

  • MDL-66222 - Add admin options for how to handle detected viruses
  • MDL-68820 - Add a Referrer-Policy header setting to the security admin settings

For developers

  • MDL-58931 - AWS Aurora MySQL support for Moodle
  • MDL-41492 - Allow alternate MUC cache config class (eg allow setup in pure $CFG / config.php)
  • MDL-38350 - PHP Warning when purging all caches: race condition?
  • MDL-68874 - New optional SQL debug mode which instruments SQL with the calling PHP code
  • MDL-69117 - Improve theme designer mode - part 2
  • MDL-67673 - Upgrade phpunit to 8.5.x
  • MDL-68564 - Update before_footer hook to allow for output to be added to the page
  • MDL-69050 - Rename terms to use inclusive language
  • MDL-65743 - Upgrade XMPPHP to latest version
  • MDL-69418 - Allow plugins to attach data to grade items during backup and restore
  • MDL-68928 - Add a way to decide what plugin will show in the activity chooser footer

Web service additions and updates

  • MDL-67306 - Create API for grade category (gradebook)
  • MDL-55971 - Dataformat - Store to filearea support
  • MDL-69486 - Add user idnumber and gradeitem idnumber to gradereport_user_get_grade_items webservice
  • MDL-63805 - New Web Service mod_glossary_update_entry
  • MDL-69776 - New Web Service core_files_delete_draft_files
  • MDL-69283 - Allow specifying a timezone when calling WebServices
  • MDL-63806 - New Web Service mod_glossary_delete_entry
  • MDL-68845 - Create new Web Service for retrieving the user calendar via iCal
  • MDL-69577 - Add courseId and forumId info to mod_forum_get_discussion_posts web service

Deprecations

  • MDL-67594 - Deprecate supports_recursion() & extend_lock() in the Lock API
  • MDL-67735 - Remove Bootstrap 2 and Bootstrap 4 alpha compatibility files
  • MDL-69238 - Final removal of lib/coursecatlib.php
  • MDL-63261 - Final deprecation of web services in message/externallib.php
  • MDL-62982 - Remove the lib/form/htmleditor.php element
  • MDL-63254 - Final deprecation of the events message_contact_blocked and message_contact_unblocked
  • MDL-63004 - Final deprecation: I navigate to "ITEM" node in "MAINNODE > PATH" behat step
  • MDL-55192 - Final deprecation of add_to_log()
  • MDL-63167 - Final deprecation of the gradingform_provider interface

Component API updates

See also