HOW TO INSTALL MOODLE 3.6.3 ON CENTOS/RHEL 7/6

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. Moodle is built by the Moodle project which is led and coordinated by Moodle HQ, which is financially supported by a network of over 80 Moodle Partner service companies worldwide.

Moodle 3.6.3

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

Advantages:

  • An enhanced course overview and new dashboard blocks
  • Next cloud integration
  • Additional privacy settings to further embed our GDPR support
  • Support for Open Badges version 2 specification.
  • Media uploads in assignment feedback

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Step 1: Install Required Packages

Install order to setup Moodle first we need to install all required. First, we need to install and configure LAMP and after that all PHP extension.

PHP:

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0. Several bugs have been fixed. PHP 7.0.0 comes with a new version of the Zend Engine, numerous improvements, and new features.

Add Yum Repository:
First, add yum repositories in your system using the following command:

# rpm -Uvh https://mirror.webtatic.com/yum/el7/webtatic-release.rpm

Install PHP7:
Now install PHP 7 from a webtatic repository using the following command:

# yum install php70w php70w-curl php70w-gd php70w-intl php70w-ldap php70w-mysql php70w-pspell php70w-xml php70w-xmlrpc php70w-zip php70w-common php70w-opcache php70w-mbstring php70w-soap

MySQL:

MySQL is an open source relational database management system (RDBMS) based on Structured Query Language (SQL).

Add Yum Repository:
First, add MySQL yum repositories in your system using the following command:

# rpm -Uvh http://repo.mysql.com/mysql-community-release-el7-5.noarch.rpm

Install MySQL:
Now install MySQL server and other dependency packages.

# yum install mysql-server

Start MySQL Service:
Now start MySQL service and enable to start on boot using below commands.

For CentOS/RHEL 7
# systemctl start mysqld.service
# systemctl enable mysqld.service
For CentOS/RHEL 6
# service mysqld start
# chkconfig mysqld on

Set Root Password:
Apply security on MySQL and also set a root user password.

# mysql_secure_installation
MySQL Secure Installation

Apache Server:

Apache (HTTPD) is the most popular web server used on Linux systems. Let’s follow following steps of install Apache Server:

Add Yum Repository:
First, install yum repositories in your system using the following command:

# rpm -Uvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-6.noarch.rpm
# rpm -Uvh http://rpms.famillecollet.com/enterprise/remi-release-7.rpm

Install Apache Server:
After adding remi repository install apache using following command:

# yum --enablerepo=remi install httpd

Start Apache Service:
Now start HTTPD service and enable to start on boot using below commands.

For CentOS/RHEL 7
# systemctl start httpd.service
# systemctl enable httpd.service
For CentOS/RHEL 6
# service httpd start
# chkconfig httpd on

Step 2: Create a MySQL Database

Create a database user and password which we will use for the Moodle database.

# mysql -u root -p
mysql> create database moodle;
mysql> grant all privileges on moodle.* to 'moodle'@'localhost' identified by 'redhat'; mysql>
Create MySQL Database

Step 3: Download Moodle and Decompress:

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

# cd /var/www/html
# wget https://download.moodle.org/stable36/moodle-3.6.3.tgz
# tar -zxvf moodle-3.6.3.tgz

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

Step 4: Create a Data Directory for Moodle

Moodle obliges a directory to store all its files, folders, 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 data directory:

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

Step 5: Configure Web Server VirtualHost

Now we will create a VirtualHost in Apache configuration file

# vim /etc/httpd/conf.d/moodle.techoism.com.conf 
<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerName moodle.techoism.com
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
</Directory>
</VirtualHost>

Restart Apache Server to reload changes.

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

Step 6: Finally Start Moodle Web Installer

Open up your web browser and navigate to http://moodle.techoism.com and follow the instruction:

Choose a language you want to use and click on “Next”

Moodle Install 1

In the next step, we will mention Web Address, Moodle directory, and Data directory path and click on “Next”

Moodle Install 2

Select the database driver and click on “Next”.

Moodle Install 3

Fill the required Database information and click on “Next”.

Moodle Install 4

Now click on Continue to accept the License Agreement.

Moodle Install 5

Now the installer will check for all require modules are installed or not and press continue.

Moodle Install 6
Moodle Install 7

Installing all Moodle modules. Click continue when complete.

Moodle Install 9

Create a Administrator account and click Update.

Moodle Install 10

Now do the front page setting and press save.

Moodle Install 11

Now your Moodle site has been successfully installed. You can log in with the admin account.

Moodle Install 12

Now you see the Moodle dashboard.

Moodle Install 13

Enjoy it!


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