Installing Moodle 
Moodle is primarily developed in Linux using Apache, MySQL and PHP (also sometimes 
known as the LAMP platform), but is also regularly tested with PostgreSQL and on Windows 
XP, Mac OS X and Netware 6 operating systems. The requirements for Moodle are as follows: 
     Web server software. Most people use Apache, but Moodle should work fine under any 
web server that supports PHP, such as IIS on Windows platforms.  
     PHP scripting language (version 4.1.0 or later). PHP 5 is supported as of Moodle 1.4.  
     A working database server: MySQL or PostgreSQL are completely supported and           
recommended for use with Moodle.  
Most web hosts support all of this by default. If you are signed up with one of the few web 
hosts that does not support these features ask them why, and consider taking your business             
If you want to run Moodle on your own computer and all this looks a bit daunting, consider 
downloading either the EasyPHP or Xampp Windows distro at 
These all in one installations make no registry changes on your computer so the easily 
uninstall by deleting the directory. Both distributions include Apache, MySQL, PHP and 
The latest Moodle release is available for download  at  Here  is  a  quick           
summary of the contents of the Moodle folder, after being unzipped, to help get you oriented: 
config.php   contains basic settings. This file does not come with Moodle   you will create it.   
install.php   the script you will run to create config.php   
version.php   defines the current version of Moodle code   
index.php   the front page of the site   
     admin/   code to administrate the whole server  
     auth/   plugin modules to authenticate users  
     blocks/   plugin modules for the little side blocks on many pages  
     calendar/   all the code for managing and displaying calendars  
     course/   code to display and manage courses  
     doc/   help documentation for Moodle (eg this page)  
     files/   code to display and manage uploaded files  
     lang/   texts in different languages, one directory per language  
     lib/   libraries of core Moodle code  
     login/   code to handle login and account creation  
     mod/   all the main Moodle course modules are in here  
     pix/   generic site graphics  
     theme/   theme packs/skins to change the look of the site.  
     user/   code to display and manage users  
Step 1: Create a Database 
You need to create an empty database (e.g. "moodle") in your database system along 
with a special user (e.g. "moodleuser") that has access to that database (and that data 
base only). You could use the "root" user if you wanted to for a test server, but this is not 
recommended for a production system. 
If you are using a web host, they will probably have a control panel web interface for you 
to create your database.  The Cpanel  system is one of the most popular of  these.            
To create a database in Cpanel: 
1.  Click on the "MySQL Databases" icon.  
2.  Type "moodle" in the database field and click "Add Database".  
3. Type a username and password (not one you use elsewhere) in the respective 



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