How To Install Moodle on CentOS 6

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For those of you who didn’t know, Moodle is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. Moodle brings features include assignment submission, online quizzes, wiki, grading, instant messages, discussion boards, and others. But since it’s a modular software, it can be extended via plugins to add extra functionality.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple. I will show you through the step by step installation Moodle on CentOS 6.

Step 1. First of all make sure that all packages are up to date.

Step 2. Install LAMP server and include some php extension.

Start Apache and MySQL services:

Step 3. Configuring MySQL.

By default, MySQL is not hardened. You can secure MySQL using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each steps carefully which will set root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MySQL.

Next we will need to log in to the MySQL console and create a database for the Moodle. Run the following command:

This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MySQL root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for Moodle installation:

Step 4. Install Moodle.

Download Moodle latest source:

If your server is dedicated to host only moodle site, copy the contents of your moodle directory to /var/www/html/ directory. In this case your moodle website URL will be

Create data directory for Moodle:

Step 5. Accessing Moodle.

Moodle will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip.

Step 1: Select language
Step 2: Enter the “Data directory (moodledata) path, in our case it is /var/www/moodledata/
Step 3: Choose database driver, MySQL.
Step 4: Enter the Database settings.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Moodle. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Moodle on CentOS 6 system.

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