Stream browser requirements

Stream browser checker

You can check that your browser is set up for Stream by using our Stream browser checker.

Supported browsers and versions

You can use Stream with any modern web browsers such as:

  • Internet Explorer (version 8 and above)
  • Firefox (version 4 and above) 
  • Chrome (version 11 and above)
  • Safari (version 5 and above)
  • Opera (version 9 and above)


Cookies are small data files that a server places into a secure area on your computer. Your browser must have cookies enabled for this site. There is no security risk as cookies do not interact directly with your computer, and they can be deleted automatically. You should read the Cookies section of your internet browser help if you need to alter the cookie settings.


Sometimes website have pop-ups which are just advertising, and you may have installed a pop-up block (either a program, something integrated with your virus checker, or a browser plug-in or extension). It is essential you change your pop-up blocking settings to allow pop-ups from this site. Otherwise some resources will not open for you.


Javascript may be necessary for some of the more interactive parts of your course. When your browser is installed Javascript may already be enabled. See the Javascript section of your internet browser help for information about how to find out if javascript is enabled and how to change the settings.


Java is required if your course uses the virtual classroom feature within Stream and other specialised features. If you do not have java installed on your computer you can download it from the Java website.


Most PCs have Windows Media Player installed in their system or Macs have Quicktime for playing video. Unfortunately none of them can play all the formats available on the web. If you meet unsupported media files, simply follow the introduction to install the latest add-in for your media player. Alternatively, you can install a free (open source) media player, VLC, which can play most formats available online. See the VideoLAN website for details.