Community hubs

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 3.7. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle may be available here: Community hubs.

Template:Moodle 2.0A community hub is a directory of courses for public use or for private communities.


The diagram above shows the basic idea. The systems in this diagram are:

Ordinary Moodle site
A typical Moodle site with teachers who want to download course templates and/or users who want to connect (enrol) with external communities
Publishing site
A Moodle site that wants to make some of its courses available for download
Community site
A Moodle site that provides courses that are enrollable
Moodle Hub Server
A new open source web application for publishing a list of registered courses that are downloadable or enrollable. The default hub will be installed at, but there can be many others.

Downloadable courses

  • (A) Sites that want to publish certain courses and make them downloadable can register them with one or more Hub Servers.
  • (B) The Hub will check the data and make sure the course zip is downloadable, caching a copy locally. The Hub may also have a security process to check the download for trojan horses, bad content, etc (automatic and/or manual).
  • (C) The download process may trigger the backup process on the original server if it hasn't been done already.
  • (D) Later, Moodle users (who have permissions to do so) can connect to a Hub (via the Repository file picker) to search for downloadable courses and choose one (receiving a download URL).
  • (E) The repository API downloads the file and makes it available to the Moodle user so they can now continue to restore it normally.

Enrollable courses

  • (1) Sites that want to publish certain courses for the public to enrol in can register them with one or more CDS (including the main one at
  • (2) Later, any Moodle user can connect to a CDS (via Community block in their site) to search and find courses they want to join
  • (3) They click on a link to be sent to the other site so that they can enrol there (with or without MNet).

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