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Installing AMP

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AMP, stands for Apache, MySQL & PHP. This is not the only platform on which Moodle runs but is the most common and fine for basic installations.

'All-in-one' Moodle installers for Windows and OSX are available at http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/install.html (not intended for 'production' sites).

Contents

First a word about PostgreSQL

If you would prefer to use the PostgreSQL database (and you should consider it) you can - when using the package type installers - just install it instead of MySQL. MySQL tends to be the universal choice with the simpler 'one-click' installers. For a 'one-click' installer with PostgreSQL, Apache and PHP you can check BitNami, it supports Windows (WAPP), Linux (LAPP) and Mac (MAPP).

Mac OS X

OSX comes with a suitable Apache web server and a not so suitable PHP (it doesn't have all the required extensions).

Here are some other possibilities (all are documented so this is not repeated here):

Linux

You should install the packages from your distribution's repository for Apache, PHP and MySQL. You will almost certainly need additional extensions for PHP (e.g. the extension for the database). The packaged versions of Moodle are not recommended (it's not much harder to install from moodle.org download)

See (for example):

While one-click installers (e.g. XAMPP or BitNami LAMP Stack) exist for Linux, it is so simple to install the components the "right" way that they seem pointless. Using the standard method will make it much easier for you to obtain help and support.

Of course, if you wish to (or you need a particularly new version) you can compile all or some of the elements from source. All the elements have good documentation. The tricky one is PHP and some guidance for Debian/Ubuntu is here: Compiling PHP from source

Windows

Windows has slightly more variations as you can use Apache or Microsoft's IIS Web Servers. The following one-click Web server installers include the Apache Web server, the MySQL database server, the PHP scripting language and the phpMyAdmin database (MySQL) manager. Some may include other components.

Installer packages and components

The following table lists the components and versions of each package (as of September 4, 2013):

Product Version Httpd (Apache) PHP MySQL PHPMyAdmin Address
WampServer 2.4 2.4.4 5.4.16 5.6.12 4.0.4 Web page
2.2e 2.4.2 5.4.3 5.5.24 3.4.10.1
BitNami WAMP Stack 5.4.19-0 2.4.4 5.4.19 5.5.32 4.0.5 Web page
5.3.26-0 2.4.4 5.3.26 5.5.30 4.0.0
EasyPHP 13.1 2.4.4 VC11 5.[5-2].x 5.6.11 4.0.3 Web page
13.1 2.4.4 VC9 5.[4-2].x 5.6.11 3.5.8.1
XAMPP 1.8.3 2.4.4 5.5.3 5.6.11 4.0.4 Web page
1.8.2 2.4.4 5.4.19 5.5.32 4.0.4
----------------- --------- ---------- ------------- ------ -------
XAMPP 1.7.4 2.2.17 5.3.5 5.5.8 3.3.9
1.7.1 2.2.11 5.2.9 5.1.33 3.1.3.1

Important Notes

  • PHP 5.5.x versions are built with VC11 (Visual Studio 2012 compiler). These builds require you to have the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 x64/86 installed. These PHP versions do not work in windows XP nor in Windows Server 2003.
  • PHP 5.4.x versions are built with VC9 (Visual Studio 2008 compiler). These builds require you to have the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 x86 or x64 installed. These PHP versions are the last to support windows XP.
  • XAMPP packages 1.7.4 and 1.7.1 were included in the table because those are the versions on which the Windows Moodle Packages are built: from Moodle 2.1.x to 2.5.x with XAMPP 1.7.4; and Moodle 1.9.19+ with XAMPP 1.7.1.
  • Moodle version 2.0.x isn't available any more as a Windows Moodle Distribution.

Vista and Windows 7

Many people have trouble installing the stand alone local Moodle for Windows on Vista and Windows 7.

Here are some things you might want to try: