Students notes plugin for Tutor

This is a plugin for Tutor to easily add the Open edX note-taking app to an Open edX platform. This app allows students to annotate portions of the courseware (see the official documentation).

Notes in action


The plugin is currently bundled with the binary releases of Tutor. If you have installed Tutor from source, you will have to install this plugin from source, too:

tutor plugins install notes

Then, to enable this plugin, run:

tutor plugins enable notes

You should beware that the notes.<LMS_HOST> domain name should exist and point to your server. For instance, if your LMS is hosted at, the notes service should be found at

If you would like to host the notes service at a different domain name, you can set the NOTES_HOST configuration variable (see below). When testing Tutor on a local computer, this will be automatically set to

To enable student notes for a specific course, you should go to the course advanced settings in the studio, and set "Enable Student Notes" to "true". Then, hit "save changes".


  • NOTES_MYSQL_PASSWORD (default: "{{ 8|random_string }}")
  • NOTES_SECRET_KEY (default: "{{ 24|random_string }}")
  • NOTES_OAUTH2_SECRET (default: "{{ 24|random_string }}")
  • NOTES_DOCKER_IMAGE (default: "{{ DOCKER_REGISTRY }}overhangio/openedx-notes:{{ NOTES_VERSION }}")
  • NOTES_HOST (default: "notes.{{ LMS_HOST }}")
  • NOTES_MYSQL_DATABASE (default: "notes")
  • NOTES_MYSQL_USERNAME (default: "notes")
  • NOTES_REPOSITORY (default: "")

These values can be modified with tutor config save --set PARAM_NAME=VALUE commands.


To debug the notes API service, you are encouraged to mount the edx-notes-api repo from the host in the development container:

tutor dev start --mount /path/to/edx-notes-api

Feel free to add breakpoints (breakpoint()) anywhere in your source code to debug your application.


This Tutor plugin is maintained by Jhony Avella from eduNEXT. Community support is available from the official Open edX forum. Do you need help with this plugin? See the troubleshooting section from the Tutor documentation.


This software is licensed under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL).