Claroline is a free , easy and flexible learning management platform designed by educators and built on the LAMP / LEMP stack which allows users and educators to create educational communities and empower students to publish, work together while improving access to education and knowledge globally…
Some of its features include, course management, user and authentication and enrollment, allowing students to easily post to site, use hashtags, view and edit posts from any device and many more… It also supports WYSIWYG with strong privacy setings to create space for individuals to share personal thoughts with groups or other users…
Whether you are a learner or a trainer, you will be able to create innovative and meaningful content using Claroline…
For more about Claroline LMS, please check its Homepage
This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Claroline LMP on Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 with Apache2, MariaDB and PHP 7.1 support…
When you’re ready to get Claroline, installed, follow the steps below
Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server on Ubuntu
Apache2 HTTP Server is the most popular web server in use… so install it, since Claroline LMS needs it..
To install Apache2 HTTP on Ubuntu server, run the commands below…
sudo apt update
sudo apt install apache2
After installing Apache2, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable Apache2 service to always start up with the server boots.
To test Apache2 setup, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see Apache2 default test page as shown below.. When you see that, then Apache2 is working as expected..
Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server
MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open source database servers to use with Magento… To install MariaDB run the commands below…
After installing PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open PHP default config file for Apache2…
sudo nano /etc/php/7.1/apache2/php.ini
Then make the changes on the following lines below in the file and save. The value below are great settings to apply in your environments.
file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
short_open_tag = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago
After making the change above, save the file and close out.
Step 3: Restart Apache2
After installing PHP and related modules, all you have to do is restart Apache2 to reload PHP configurations…
To restart Apache2, run the commands below
sudo systemctl restart apache2.service
To test PHP 7.2 settings with Apache2, create a phpinfo.php file in Apache2 root directory by running the commands below
sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php
Then type the content below and save the file.
<?php phpinfo( ); ?>
Save the file.. then browse to your server hostname followed by /phpinfo.php
You should see PHP default test page…
Step 4: Create Claroline Database
Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required for Claroline LMS to function, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create a blank Magento database.
To logon to MariaDB database server, run the commands below.
sudo mysql -u root -p
Then create a database called claroline
CREATE DATABASE claroline;
Create a database user called clarolineuser with new password
CREATE USER 'clarolineuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';
Then grant the user full access to the database.
GRANT ALL ON claroline.* TO 'clarolineuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;
Finally, save your changes and exit.
Step 5: Download and Install Claroline LMS
Run the commands below to download Claroline LMS content… then unzip the download file and move the content to Apache2 default root directory…
cd /tmp && wget http://packages.claroline.net/releases/16.05/claroline-16.05.tar.gz
tar -xvzf claroline-16.05.tar.gz
sudo mv claroline-16.05 /var/www/html/claroline
Next, run the commands below to change the root folder permissions…
Finally, configure Apache2 configuration file for Claroline LMS . This file will control how users access Claroline LMS content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called claroline.conf
Next, open your brwoser and go to the URL.. and continue with the installation….
Start the setup wizard by clicking Install Claroline button… Next, select the installation language and continue…
Confirm that all the required packages are installed….
Your server must provide the following libraries to enable all features of Claroline. The missing libraries shown in orange letters are optional, but some features of Claroline might be disabled if they are not installed. You can still install those libraries later on to enable the missing features.
When you’re ready, click Next
Type in the site name and the database connection info…
Claroline needs a single MySQL database, with a user that can connect to it. They recommend that this is a user you have created just for Claroline, rather than one you share with other applications. You should create your database before entering the details here. If you’re using a shared host, you may have an option called “MySQL Database Wizard” that will speed you through the process.
Create the admin account to use to manage the platform…
Finally, click Launch installation now to complete…