How do I upload a file as an assignment submission in Canvas?

If your instructor allows file uploads as a submission type, you can upload a file from your computer as an assignment submission.

Any attachments added as part of a graded assignment submission are also copied to your user files but are not counted against your user quota. However, once the file has been uploaded as a submission, you cannot delete the file. Files are stored in the Submissions folder.

If your institution has enabled Google Docs as a submission type, you can also upload a file from Google Drive.


  • Canvas does not support file uploads larger than 5 GB.
  • If enabled in your account, Canvas plays a celebration animation when you submit an assignment on time. However, if you prefer, you can disable this feature option in your user settings.
  • If the assignment you are accessing displays differently, your assignment may be using the Assignment Enhancements feature option. Please view this guide for more information.