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Version: 2.25.1

Synchronizing course runs between Richie and OpenEdX

Richie can receive automatic course runs updates on a dedicated API endpoint.

Configure a shared secret

In order to activate the course run synchronization API endpoint, you first need to configure the RICHIE_COURSE_RUN_SYNC_SECRETS setting with one or more secrets:

RICHIE_COURSE_RUN_SYNC_SECRETS = ["SharedSecret", "OtherSharedSecret"]

This setting collects several secrets in order to allow rotating them without any downtime. Any of the secrets listed in this setting can be used to sign your queries.

Your secret should be shared with the LMS or distant system that needs to synchronize its course runs with the Richie instance. Richie will try the declared secrets one by one until it finds one that matches the signature sent by the remote system.

Configure LMS backends

You then need to configure the LMS handler via the RICHIE_LMS_BACKENDS setting as explained in our guide on configuring LMS backends. This is required if you want Richie to create a new course run automatically and associate it with the right course when the resource link submitted to the course run synchronization API endpoint is unknown to Richie.

Each course run can be set to react differently to a synchronization request, thanks to the sync_mode field. This field can be set to one of the following values:

  • manual: this course run is ignored by the course runs synchronization script. In this case, the course run can only be edited manually using the DjangoCMS frontend editing.
  • sync_to_draft: only the draft version of this course run is synchronized. A manual publication is necessary for the update to be visible on the public site.
  • sync_to_public: the public version of this course run is updated by the synchronization script. As a results, updates are directly visible on the public site without further publication by a staff user in Richie.

A DEFAULT_COURSE_RUN_SYNC_MODE parameter in the RICHIE_LMS_BACKENDS setting, defines what default value is used for new course runs.

Make a synchronization query

You can refer to the documentation of the course run synchronization API for details on the query expected by this endpoint.

We also share here our sample code to call this synchronization endpoint from OpenEdX. This code should run on the post_publish signal emitted by the OpenEdX cms application each time a course run is modified and published.

Or you can use the Richie Open edX Synchronization which is based on the following code sample and also includes the enrollment count.

Given a COURSE_HOOK setting defined as follows in your OpenEdX instance:

"secret": "SharedSecret",
"url": "",

The code for the synchronization function in OpenEdX could look like this:

import hashlib
import hmac
import json

from django.conf import settings

from microsite_configuration import microsite
import requests
from xmodule.modulestore.django import modulestore

def update_course(course_key, *args, **kwargs):
"""Synchronize an OpenEdX course, identified by its course key, with a Richie instance."""
course = modulestore().get_course(course_key)
edxapp_domain = microsite.get_value("site_domain", settings.LMS_BASE)

data = {
"resource_link": "https://{:s}/courses/{!s}/info".format(
edxapp_domain, course_key
"start": course.start and course.start.isoformat(),
"end": course.end and course.end.isoformat(),
"enrollment_start": course.enrollment_start and course.enrollment_start.isoformat(),
"enrollment_end": course.enrollment_end and course.enrollment_end.isoformat(),
"languages": [course.language or settings.LANGUAGE_CODE],

signature =

response =
headers={"Authorization": "SIG-HMAC-SHA256 {:s}".format(signature)},

Thanks to the signal emitted in OpenEdX, this function can then be triggered each time a course is modified and published:

from django.dispatch import receiver
from xmodule.modulestore.django import SignalHandler

@receiver(SignalHandler.course_published, dispatch_uid='update_course_on_publish')
def update_course_on_publish(sender, course_key, **kwargs):