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#In Windows Explorer click on  c:\xampplite\mysql_start an MS DOS batch file, leave DOS window open.
 
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#In your favorite Web browser, go to address bar and type "localhost" and press enter or go.
 
#In your favorite Web browser, go to address bar and type "localhost" and press enter or go.
#This will start the Moodle Install process, see elsewhere for detail instructions. This can take some time for a new user. '''Don't panic''', you can change things later and the install process will tell you what you absolutely have to fill in or correct.
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#This will start the Moodle Install process, which the [[Installing Moodle]] section describes in detail. This can take some time for a new user. '''Don't panic''', you can change things later and the install process will tell you what you absolutely have to fill in or correct.
 
#Once this is completed, resist the temptation to start playing, close Moodle in your Web browser.  
 
#Once this is completed, resist the temptation to start playing, close Moodle in your Web browser.  
 
#Welcome to the Moodle community. Now we will make starting Moodle a little easier.
 
#Welcome to the Moodle community. Now we will make starting Moodle a little easier.

Revision as of 12:57, 29 July 2006

Moodle is written in a scripting language called PHP and stores most of its data in a database. The recommended database is MySQL. Before installing Moodle you must have a working PHP installation and a working database to turn your computer into a functional web server platform. These packages can be tricky to set up for average computer users, so this page has been written to try to make this process as simple as possible for different platforms:

Hosting Service

Unfortunately hosting services vary quite a lot in the way they work. Some will even install Moodle for you.

Most will offer a web-based control panel to control your site, create databases and set up cron. Some may also offer terminal access via ssh, so that you can use the command shell to do things.

You should work your way through the Installation guide and take each step at a time. Ask your hosting provider if you get stuck.

Mac OS X

The easiest way to do this is use the Apache server that Apple provides, and add PHP and MySQL using Marc Liyanage's packages. Both of the pages below come with good instructions that we won't duplicate here:

Once these are installed the standard Installation guide should be fairly straightforward.

Go here for a Step-by-step Guide for Installing Moodle on Mac OS X 10.4 Client (not server) Mac.

Red Hat Linux

You should install all available RPM packages for Apache, PHP and MySQL. One package that people frequently forget is the php-mysql package which is necessary for PHP to talk to MySQL.

Once these are installed the standard Installation guide should be fairly straightforward.

A more detailed walkthrough is here: RedHat Linux installation

Windows

The easiest way to do this is use one of the complete install packages available from the Moodle.org link called Download Moodle.

For those who want to install Moodle for the first time on a localhost (a stand alone computer, a very useful tool even if you have a web based Moodle Server), here is a step by step, that works on a Window XP Professional OS computer:

  1. In the Download section, find the second group called Complete Install Packages (Moodle+Apache+MySQL+PHP), select the your version for Windows. For example: Moodle 1.6.1+ . Click on the download link on the far right, which will download a large zip file.
  2. Unzip the downloaded file at c: and keep the path structure for all the files.
  3. Rename the just created c:\moodle to c:\xampplite .
  4. In Windows Explorer click on c:\xampplite\apache_start an MS DOS batch file, leave DOS window open.
  5. In Windows Explorer click on c:\xampplite\mysql_start an MS DOS batch file, leave DOS window open.
  6. In your favorite Web browser, go to address bar and type "localhost" and press enter or go.
  7. This will start the Moodle Install process, which the Installing Moodle section describes in detail. This can take some time for a new user. Don't panic, you can change things later and the install process will tell you what you absolutely have to fill in or correct.
  8. Once this is completed, resist the temptation to start playing, close Moodle in your Web browser.
  9. Welcome to the Moodle community. Now we will make starting Moodle a little easier.
  10. In Windows Explorer click on c:\xampplite\mysql_stop
  11. In Windows Explorer click on c:\xampplite\apache_stop
  12. In Windows Explorer click on c:\xampplite\setup_xampp
  13. Create a short cut on your Windows start menu to c:\xampplite\xampp_restart
  14. Create a short cut on your Windows start menu to c:\xampplite\xampp_stop
  15. Create a Favorite on your Web Browser for http://localhost/

Now you are ready to do oodles of Moodle. To use this Moodle setup: first click on the shortcut for xampp_restart, then click on your localhost favorite in your Web Browser. (One tec note, we use xampp_restart because sometimes we forget that we already have xampp running in the background and this deals with that.)

Alternatively, for the more experienced, you could use a package like EasyPHP that bundles all the software you need into a single Windows application. Note that the EasyPHP 1.7 uses the following somewhat older versions:

  1. apache 1.3.27 (current relases is 2.2.0)
  2. php 4.3.3 (current stable release is 5.1.3)
  3. mysql 4.0.15 (current release is 5.0.18)
  4. phpmyadmin 2.5.3

It should be noted that these are not the current releases. Also many menus for EasyPHP are still in French.

See Also for Windows:

Here you can find steps for an IIS: Windows installation for XAMPP or Windows 2003 .

Testing PHP

Once you have installed your web server and PHP you should be able to create a file (for example phpinfo.php in the document root) with the following in it:

  <?phpinfo()?>

You should be able to open this file in a web browser by going to to the URL localhost/phpinfo and see a web page that has PHP status information in it such as this.

See also