How to install Moodle 2.9 on CentOS/RHEL 7/6/5

Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is a free open-source learning management system or e-Learning platform, that makes it easy for you to provide online support for your course. Moodle provides a place where you can easily create web pages with information about your course and provide links to word documents, slides, and other resources that your students will want to access.


The department and the university provide a wealth of materials and resources, but catering for so many different types of students it can be hard for learners to find those that are most relevant to them. You can use your Moodle to provide links directly to the resources that will be most useful for your students whether e-library resources, skills courses, or information


  • Save time and money
  • Use less paper
  • Designed to encourage collaborative learning
  • Easy to experiment with new ideas and tools
  • Manage your materials

    Other Features & Tools:

  • Course calendar
  • Profiles and contact information
  • Deliver content
  • Video and audio
  • Group tools for students

    Install Required Packages

    Install order to setup Moodle first we need to install all required packages. First we need to install and configure LAMP and after that all PHP extension.
    install LAMP on CentOS/RHEL 5/6
    Install LAMP on CentOS/RHEL 7

    # yum install php-iconv php-mbstring php-curl php-openssl php-tokenizer php-xmlpc php-soap php-ldap php-pecl-apc
    # yum install php-ctype php-zip php-gd php-simplexml php-spl php-pcre php-dom php-xml php-intl php-json 
    # yum install wget

    Download Moodle and Decompress

    After downloading all require packages now we download Moodle and decompress it. You can directly download latest version of moodle from

    # cd /var/www/html
    # wget
    # unzip

    Set the following permissions for apache user to moodle directory:

    # chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/moodle
    # chown -R apache.apache /var/www/html/moodle

    Create data directory for Moodle

    Moodle obliges a directory to store all its files, session information and so on. The web server needs to be able to write to this directory. This directory must NOT be accessible directly via the web.

    # mkdir /var/www/html/moodledata

    Set the following permissions for apache user to moodle directory:

    # chmod -R 777 /var/www/html/moodledata
    # chown -R apache.apache /var/www/html/moodledata

    Configure Web Server VirtualHost

    Now we will create a VirtualHost in Apache configuration file /etc/httpd/conf.d/

    <VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html/moodle
    ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/moodle.techoism.com_error_log
    CustomLog /var/log/httpd/moodle.techoism.com_access_log combined
    DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm index.php index.php4 index.php5
    <Directory /var/www/html/moodle>
    Options -Indexes +IncludesNOEXEC +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
    Allow from all
    AllowOverride All Options=ExecCGI,Includes,IncludesNOEXEC,Indexes,MultiViews,SymLinksIfOwnerMatch

    Restart Apache Server to reload changes.

    For CentOS 5/6
    # service httpd restart
    For CentOS 7
    # systemctl restart httpd

    Finally Start Moodle Web Installer

    Open up your web browser and navigate to and follow instruction:

    In next step we will mention Web Address, Moodle directory and Data directory path.

    Select the database driver and press next.

    Enter Database name and other require information and press next.

    Now click on Continue to accept the License Agreement.

    Now the installer will check for all require modules are installed, press continue.

    Installing all Moodle modules. Click continue when complete.

    Create a Administrator account and click Update.

    Now do all require setting, press save.

    Now your moodle site has been successfully installed.

    See Also:
    How To Install Moodle on Ubuntu using Nginx

    Enjoy it!

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