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DECP 05: Developing e-Content

e-Learning in broader way

Installing Moodle

Standard Moodle versions can be downloaded from or Moodle for windows can be downloaded from: Please select the appropriated stable version of Moodle or Moodle Windows Installer as per your needs. Below are the steps to install Moodle.

System requirements

  • 256 MB RAM (minimum), 512 MB RAM (recommended)
  • 160 MB free Fixed Disk (more space will be needed depending on user uploads)
  • Windows 98/ME (minimum)
  • Windows NT/2000/XP (recommended)

Install complete package process

The complete install package is a zip file that contains a web-server called Apache, plus Moodle and Moodle's required MySQL database and PHP program.

There are three basic parts to this install process.

  1. Download and unpack the complete install package.
  2. Start the web-server.
  3. Install Moodle using a web browser.

Unpack the package

Unpack (extract files by clicking on) the zip file you downloaded to a drive or partition of your choice. The extract process will create three files ("Start Moodle", "Stop Moodle", and "README") and a subfolder called "server".

  • Do NOT rename the "server" subfolder

Note: There will also be a folder under this server subfolder, called \moodle that holds the Moodle program. TIP: Create a folder and extract the files there. For example, you might have one folder called Moodle193 and another one called Moodle187 for different versions or purposes.

TIP: Make path to "server" subfolder simple. Best way if it will be in drive root. Like "D:\moodle193\server". A long path, especially with any strange symbols, can prevent XAMPP from working properly.

Second - start the webserver

Now you are ready to start the webserver. Use the "Start Moodle.exe" file which you should find in the top directory. Once the "Start Moodle.exe" program is open, don't close it; use "Stop Moodle.exe" for that purpose. Note: These programs control both Apache and MySQL programs that operate the webserver. Some sites will individually start and stop Apache and MySQL with the Xampp bat files found in the "server" subfolder. Tip: Alternatively, on a standalone computer with several potential webservers that might be running, you can use the "xampp_restart.exe" file in the "server" subfolder.

Tip: You can also add shortcuts to the commands that start and stop the site in your Windows "start" menu. Now you are ready to start the Moodle installation.

Warning: Windows XP requires the msvcr71.dll library file in order to run Xampp. Installing the .Net 1.1 framework (not .Net 2.0 and upper) could resolve it. You can also search for the file on Google, download it and copy it into the server/apache/bin folder.

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