Complete install packages
From November 2005 complete install packages are available from the Downloads page at Moodle.org .
These packages allow Moodle to be installed, along with the prerequisites i.e. PHP, a web server and database (Apache and MySQL in this case) on most recent computers using a Windows operating system. Using one of these packages is likely to be easier than using the EasyPHP method detailed below.
Versions are available which incorporate a recent STABLE build or a recent UNSTABLE development build. The instructions on the download page provide guidance on which version is likely to be most suitable.
Note: The latest versions included in these packages my not be backwardly compatible with earlier versions of Moodle. Always check version compatibility if you intend to develop materials on a later version of Moodle than the version installed on you "main" Moodle site.
Installation guide for Windows - using EasyPHP
Moodle requires Apache, PHP and MySQL to be installed to run on Windows. This may be achieved by using EasyPHP, a package that bundles all the software you need into a single Windows application. Please note however, that EasyPHP is not designed to be used for a production server. Here are the steps from start to finish:
- Firstly, if you have ever installed MySQL before (even as part of another package), uninstall it all, delete all the MySQL files and make sure you delete c:\my.cnf and c:\windows\my.ini. You might want to do a search and delete ANY file called my.cnf or my.ini.
- If you've ever installed PHP before delete any files called php4ts.dll from around your Windows directory, as well as any files called php.ini.
- Download EasyPHP from here: http://www.easyphp.org/telechargements/dn.php?F=easyphp1-7 (approx 10 Mb)
- Run the downloaded file: easyphp1-7_setup.exe. The installation process is in French but is otherwise much like installing any other Windows program - I advise accepting the defaults and letting it all install. Note that "Suivant" means Next and "Oui" means Yes.
- At the end of the install leave the checkbox selected to "Lancer EasyPHP" (Start EasyPHP) and hit the "Terminer" button. You might be taken to a information web page which you can safely ignore.
- If all went well - congratulations! Apache, PHP and MySQL are all installed and running! You should see a black E in your toolbar tray. You can right click on it to get a menu which will let you control the running programs, but you won't be needing that for now.
- Some things may be in French and you may prefer English. You can download this file http://www.easyphp.org/telechargements/dn.php?F=indexUS_1.7 which contains English versions of www and home folder in the EasyPHP1-7 folder. These can be copied over the default files.
- The next thing you need to do is to set up a database for Moodle to use. Right-click the black E in the toolbar tray and choose Administration, then click DB Management (beside PHPMyAdmin). Alternatively, using a browser, go to http://localhost/mysql/ (note the final slash).
- If asked for a username, use "root" with a blank password. You should see a phpMyAdmin web interface that allows you to create a new databases and user accounts.
- Create a new database by typing "moodle" into the field and hitting the "Create" button. That was easy!
- You can also create a new user to access your database if you want. This can be a bit tricky for a first-time user, so you might just want to use the existing user "root" with no password in your Moodle config for now, and fix this later.
- You're ready to install Moodle! Download the latest release of Moodle from http://moodle.org/download, then unzip the archive.
- Copy your moodle files into C:\Program Files\EasyPHP\www. You can either copy the entire moodle directory (ie C:\Program Files\EasyPHP\www\moodle) or copy all the contents of the moodle directory. If you choose this second option then you will be able to access your Moodle home page using http://localhost/ instead of http://localhost/moodle/.
- Make a new empty folder somewhere else for Moodle to store uploaded files in, eg: C:\moodledata
- Go into your Moodle folder. Make a copy of config-dist.php, and call it config.php
- Edit config.php using a text editor (Notepad will do, just be careful that it doesn't add unwanted spaces at the end).
- Put in all your new database info:
- $CFG->dbtype = 'mysql';
- $CFG->dbhost = 'localhost';
- $CFG->dbname = 'moodle';
- $CFG->dbuser = 'root';
- $CFG->dbpass = '';
- $CFG->dbpersist = true;
- $CFG->prefix = 'mdl_';
- And put in all your file paths
- $CFG->wwwroot = 'http://localhost/moodle'; // Use an external address if you know it.
- $CFG->dirroot = 'C:\Program Files\EasyPHP\www\moodle';
- $CFG->dataroot = 'C:\moodledata';
- Save config.php - you can ignore the other settings if there are any.
- You're nearly there now! The rest of the setup is all web-based. Visit http://localhost/moodle/admin/ with your browser to continue the setup via your browser.
- To use zip files with Moodle (for example the backups use zip) you might need to enable "zlib". You can do this by going to your EasyPHP directory (C:\Program Files\EasyPHP), and running the program phpini.exe in there. Put a mark in the checkbox next to "zlib.dll". Close that window, then go to the black E in your toolbar and right-click it to get a menu - select "Restart" from this menu.
- Lastly, you need to set up some sort of cron. See the Installation guide for more details on this.
If you don't or can't use EasyPHP, here are a few tips to make sure your PHP is set up correctly and avoid common problems:
- Make sure you enable the GD module so Moodle can process images - you may have to edit php.ini and remove the comment (;) from this line: 'extension=php_gd2.dll'.
- Make sure you enable the Zlib module so that you can create and unpack zip files from within Moodle.
- Make sure sessions is turned on - you may have to edit php.ini and fix the directory for session.save_path - instead of the default "/tmp" use a Windows directory like "c:/temp".