3.2. Profile Pictures

Your profile picture may be a picture of yourself or an avatar image of your choice.

3.2.1. Pictures uploaded to Mahara

You can upload up to 5 profile pictures into Content -> Profile Pictures. Alternatively, you can use a Gravatar if you have one and if the site administrator allows its use.

The pictures you wish to use must be between 16x16 and 1024x1024 pixels in size. Ideally, your profile pictures are square. Please use an image editing software before you upload your pictures to Mahara to reduce a photo’s dimensions to the required ones.


The recommended size of your profile pictures is 100x100 pixels. Then the picture looks good on your profile when you want to include it there and also in the smaller sizes around Mahara.

The profile pictures that you wish to upload to Mahara must be available on your computer. Choose one picture at a time to upload. You can also give it a title.

  1. Click on the Browse button to navigate to your picture on your computer.
  2. Click Open.
  3. Optional: Enter a title for your picture.
  4. Click Upload.
  5. Your picture appears in the list of profile pictures and you can now choose it as default picture.
Profile pictures

List your profile pictures


Profile pictures can be used in an portfolio page, but they are not listed in the Files area.

When you have more than one profile picture uploaded, you can decide which one to make your default picture that will appear around Mahara in user searches and in the Online users sidebar.

You can delete any of your profile pitures at any time. If you have 5 pictures uploaded and want to upload another one, you have to remove one of the first 5.


Please make sure that you have the right to upload these pictures.

3.2.2. Remote avatars

If the site administrator allowed users to display remote avatars such as a Gravatar and you have signed up to that service, your default picture will be this remote avatar until you make one of your uploaded pictures the default picture.