3.2. Profile pictures

Content → 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 reduce a photo’s dimensions to the required ones.


The recommended size of your profile picture 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. You can now choose it as default picture. new15 It also appears in your Files area in the images folder.
Profile pictures

List your profile pictures

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 pictures at any time. If you have 5 pictures uploaded and want to upload another one, you have to remove one of the first 5.


If you use a profile picture in a portfolio page, e.g. chosen via the “Image” block, you do not get a warning upon deletion of the picture from the Profile pictures page.


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.