CSU Pachyderm

Note: CDL's Pachyderm server will be decommissioned on Dec 12, 2014

Pachyderm is an easy-to-use multimedia authoring tool. Designed for people who have little or no multimedia authoring experience, Pachyderm is accessed through a web browser and is as easy to use as filling out a web form. CDL hosts an instance of Pachyderm for use by CSU Faculty, Staff, and Students.  Click here to see an example of a Pachyderm presentation.

Pachyderm is an open-source project developed  by a consortium of higher education institutions and museums.  CDL staff has provided a variety of development support to the project.

Pachyderm 3.0 Now Available!

Pachyderm 3.0 is now available for use by CSU Faculty and Staff to support instruction, research, creative activity, and community service.


Pachyderm 3.0 has many new features including support for HTML5 authoring/publishing, improved navigation, and improved media playback controls. Flash authoring is still available and Pachyderm 3.0 meets accessibility standards.

For a fuller description of Pachderm 3.0 and its new features, see this document: What’s New in Pachyderm 3.0.pdfWhats-New-In-Pachyderm-3.0.pdf. To submit questions or report a problem, please email to: pachyderm-admin@cdl.edu

Campuses wishing to install their own instance of Pachyderm 3.0 can find information on doing so at http://sourceforge.net/projects/pachyderm/.  They can also get support from the CDL in doing so by sending email to pachyderm-admin@cdl.edu

Pachyderm 3.0 Accounts

Individual Pachyderm 3.0 accounts for CSU faculty and staff are available by filling out the account form.

Faculty wishing to have their students use Pachyderm 3.0 for a class project should click on the above link, and fill out the form, then you can send an email with how many accounts you will need to: pachyderm-admin@cdl.edu.

Support Resources for Pachyderm Authors

Support Documents

Online Utilities/tools to Assist Authors

PachyForge Online Community

PachyForge is an online community website designed to facilitate communication and promote growth within the Pachyderm community. The site is intended to serve both Pachyderm users and developers by sharing ideas and supporting one another.

Sample Pachyderm Presentations

Other Info

The Pachyderm 2.0 Project was begun as a partnership of higher education institutions and museums led by The New Media Consortium and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and was supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  CSU was a founding parter in the project and CDL played an important role in Pachyderm's development.

Now, Pachyderm is an open source software project supported by its user community and is freely distributed under Creative Commons General Public License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/GPL/2.0/

Development of Pachyderm 2.1.0 was micro-funded by The University of Minnesota, California State University Center for Distributed Learning, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the New Media Consortium, and the Minnesota Digital Library. Additional code contributions from the Seattle Art Museum and the Walters Art Museum. In-kind project management by Sandbox Studios.

CDL's Pachyderm Support Team