• Introduction
  • User interface
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Cost
  • Summary

MATRIX vs. Litmos


MATRIX is a world-class, award-winning LMS for use by businesses. The platform is known for its easy-to-use and beautiful user interface, comprehensive set of innovative features, and pricing that provides great value for money. With MATRIX it's easy to create great courses that learners will enjoy anytime, everywhere.

MATRIX is a product of CYPHER LEARNING, which also provides a similar LMS for use by schools and universities called NEO. Both NEO and MATRIX are used by over 20,000 organizations, support 40+ languages, and have millions of users.

Litmos is a cloud-hosted LMS for businesses. Litmos is owned by CallidusCloud, a company that specializes in sales and marketing effectiveness software.

MATRIX Business portal

User interface

The MATRIX interface is a modern, responsive design that looks sharp and automatically adjusts based on the type of device. It provides attractive tile-based dashboards for learners, instructors and administrators, a graphical course catalog, as well as simple pop-out navigation. It provides rich content authoring as well as a visually attractive way to create and organize module material.

The Litmos interface feels a little outdated relative to many modern web applications; it's certainly functional, but not particularly pleasing to the eye. The Litmos UI is responsive and adjusts to smaller devices, although the phone view shows only a subset of the full feature set.

MATRIX Learner dashboard

Ease of use

MATRIX is very intuitive and easy to use. In addition, it includes an online help center, with videos, getting started guides, and searchable help content. MATRIX also has a rapid response support forum where staff members typically respond to questions within 15-30 minutes during business hours.

Litmos is quite easy to use. It also includes an online help center with screenshots, searchable help content, and email/phone support.

MATRIX Help center


MATRIX provides the range of functionality you'd expect in a modern LMS, such as support for courses (instructor led, blended, and self-paced), content authoring, integrated e-commerce functionality, graphical course catalog, beautiful module layouts, gamification, rules engine, learning paths, drip content, a customizable portal, web conferencing, collaboration tools, curricula and proficiencies, resources catalog, and more.

MATRIX integrates with a wide variety of systems, including G Suite, Google Drive, Calendars (iCal), Turnitin, PayPal, Stripe,, Salesforce, Zapier, xAPI, Single sign-on with Office 365, OneDrive, GoToMeeting, Zoom, and WebEx. We support industry standards such as SCORM, Common Cartridge Format, LTI, Equella, QTI, LDAP, and SMTP/POP3.

Litmos provides a smaller feature set than MATRIX, which may cause an issue if you want to go beyond offering simple courses composed of content and quizzes. Here is a list of some of the features included with MATRIX that are not supported by Litmos:

  • Social networking
  • Graphical visitor portal
  • Chat rooms, wikis, blogs, forums
  • Resources library
  • Rich set of assessment types such as essays and discussion assignments
  • Beautiful organization of modules and sections
  • Notifications system
  • Trash can for restoring deleted items
  • Attendance tools
  • Activity feeds w/ support for comments, likes, etc.
  • LDAP authentication
  • LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability)
  • CCF (Common Cartridge Format for course import/export)
  • QTI for question bank import/export
  • Integration with your own email server
  • Drip content

MATRIX Course catalog


MATRIX plans range from $129/month (yearly billing) for 50 active students, to $13199/month for 20,000 active students. There is a discount for yearly billing. There are no setup fees, cancellation fees, storage fees, bandwidth fees, support fees, or other hidden costs.

Litmos plans range from $99/month (yearly billing) for 25 active students, to $699 a month for 500 active students, with larger custom plans available when required. Litmos considers a student to be active if they simply log in during the month, even if they only log in to check their messages.

MATRIX Course page


MATRIX is a more attractive, more comprehensive, and easier-to-use LMS than Litmos, at a lower cost for both small and large businesses.

Because of its lower pricing and more generous definition of "active learner", MATRIX will typically cost 15-20% less than Litmos. For example, the MATRIX Bronze plan costs about 20% less per learner than the Litmos Silver plan.

This presents a comparison of the most important features of MATRIX and Litmos. If you require additional information on MATRIX, please contact us.


This comparison paper was written in March 2016 based on publicly available documentation on both vendor's sites. It was prepared as a guide and is not intended to be exhaustive. The comparison information is for guidance only and does not constitute any contractual representation, warranty or obligation on our part. Liability for errors, omissions or consequential loss is expressly disclaimed.

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