How To Download Hot Potatoes For Mac

  • Clck here to download Hot Potatoes, selecting the appropriate version for your computer, PC or Mac. After you click on the link to download, be sure to SAVE first. (Do not click on Run until AFTER you have saved the program to your computer. If you do not see the 'Run' option, simply locate the program file you have just downloaded and double.
  • Hot Potatoes is a quiz authoring program that creates questions that can be imported into Moodle in Quiz module, Lesson module and Hotpot modules. Hot Potatoes became freeware in September 2009. The free version of Hot Potatoes for Windows is version 6.3, and the Java version is 6.1. A user's group provides technical support.

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The purpose of the Hot Potatoes is to enable you to create interactive Web-based teaching exercises

Hot Potatoes is a simple-to-use program which allows you to create an interactive multiple choice or short-answer text, jumbled-sentence exercises, crosswords, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises that you can publish online.

The interface of the application is plain and easy to work with. Upon initialization, you can set a username and choose the language to work in.

So, you can select between 'JQuiz', 'JCross', 'JMix', 'JCloze', 'JMatch' and 'The Masher'. Each of these modules comes with its own range of configurable settings. They focus on the appearance, user strings, buttons, index, picture, links, HTML tables, media objects and grid management, among others.

Furthermore, you can alter the default source files and configuration file location, translate the interface, view help contents and a tutorial, as well as use the undo, cut, copy and paste functions.

The application runs on a low-to-moderate amount of CPU and system memory, is pretty responsive to commands and supports keyboard shortcuts. No error dialogs have been displayed during our tests and Hot Potatoes did not freeze or crash; we have not experienced any issues. Thanks to its intuitive layout, Hot Potatoes' features should be seamlessly figured out by users of any experience level. Unfortunately, the app has not received updates for long while.

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News - 2020-04-16

  • A minor update to Hot Potatoes (version has been released. This removes references to the HTML non-breaking-space entity which is no longer defined in HTML5.
  • Agn├Ęs Simonet has released new versions of her excellent Hot Potatoes add-ons, along with those originally written by Michael Rottmeier, for version 7 of Hot Potatoes. You can find them at
  • Hot Potatoes 7 was first released in 2019. You should be able to install and use it alongside version 6.3 if you would like to keep using both versions. The source files are not compatible, though, so if you have custom source files for version 6, you will need to rewrite them for version 7.We are now working on an updated version of Quandary, which is available for pre-testing.

What is Hot Potatoes?

The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is freeware, and you may use it for any purpose or project you like. It is not open-source. The Java version provides all the features found in the windows version 6, except that you can't export a SCORM object from Java Hot Potatoes.


Download Hot Potatoes for Windows from here:

  • Hot Potatoes 7.0 installer (Hot Potatoes version for Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 as well as Linux under Wine).

The older version is also available for download.

Download Java Hot Potatoes:

  • Download Java Hot Potatoes which will run on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux or any computer running a Java Virtual Machine. To install and run Java Hot Potatoes on Mac OS X:
    1. Download the file from the link above.
    2. Unzip that file on your computer, you will have a folder called JavaHotPot6.
    3. Drag the JavaHotPot6 folder to the Applications directory on your computer.
    4. Open the folder and double-click the JavaHotPotatoes6 application icon.
    5. Trash the file.

When you first start up Hot Potatoes, it will ask you for your user name. This name is stored on your computer, and not sent to anyone; it will be inserted into your exercises to identify you as the author. You must provide a user name before you can use all the features of Hot Potatoes.

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Other software from the same authors

  • Try our Language Teaching Clipart Library in your HotPot exercises.
  • Quandary is an authoring tool for creating Web-based action mazes. Quandary is also freeware.
  • Markin, TexToys and Transformer are other Windows programs written by Martin Holmes.
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