Daily Archives: February 6, 2011

Running Moodle 1.9.10 on Amazon Web Services

I was trying to get the latest Moodle 1.9 running with a solid PHP with enough extension bits to import an IMS Common Cartridge (IMS-CC) that requires PHP5, DOM, XSL and LIBXML (2.6.30 or newer) extensions to be installed in the server. I had lots of hosted PHP instances from various sources that simply did not have enough of the plugins installed. So I needed to make a new one from scratch and since I have recently become an Amazon EC2 geek, I figured I would try it there.

I figured there would be a nice AMI (image) which had exactly what I wanted. There was a cool image from BitNami but it was for a 2.0.1 Moodle, not a Moodle 1.9.10.

But I figured I would be best off if I started with this image and did some hacking rather than starting from a naked image and adding stuff. I am sure there is a better way and I really wish BitNami would just give me a nice 1.9.10 image as good as their 2.0.1 image. But until then, it is hacker-time.

So here is my list of hack steps:

Start with a Moodle 2.0 Image from BitNami


Pick the EBS version - I choose ami-68c23301

ssh -i funkeys.pem bitnami@ec2-55-55-55-55.compute-1.amazonaws.com

sudo bash

cd /opt/bitnami/apps/moodle/

mkdir tmp
cd tmp
curl -O http://download.moodle.org/stable19/moodle-1.9.10.zip
apt-get install unzip
unzip moodle-1.9.10.zip

cd /opt/bitnami/apps/moodle/
mv htdocs htsave
mv tmp/moodle htdocs


Choose a language: Next 
Checking your PHP settings: Next 

Please confirm the locations of this Moodle installation:

chmod 777 /opt/bitnami/apps/moodle/moodledata

Press Next

At the Database Setup Screen:

grep "'password'" /opt/bitnami/apps/phpmyadmin/htdocs/config.inc.php 

Look for a line that looks like:

$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = 'zippy';

Database Name: moodle19
User: root
Password: zippy (replace this with what you see above)

Press Next

Checking your environment: Next
Download language pack: Next

Configuration completed:

Copy PHP code  from the browser.

Edit /opt/bitnami/apps/moodle/htdocs/config.php
Paste in the PHP code from the browser and save the file

Back in the browser Press "Continue"

You should be at the license screen - from there proceed normally

Once things are completely done and if you want to install Basic LTI :)


 curl -O http://basiclti4moodle.googlecode.com/files/basiclti4moodle-Jan-13-2011.zip
unzip basiclti4moodle-Jan-13-2011.zip 

mv /opt/bitnami/apps/moodle/tmp/basiclti4moodle/IMS*/*1.9*/mod/basiclti /opt/bitnami/apps/moodle/htdocs/mod/

Back in Moodle, Press "Notifications" as the Admin to create the Basic LTI tables.

And you are done.