When looking for a free e-Learning platform for your students and teachers, Chamilo should probably be evaluated… This platform works great with Apache2 web server… however, for those wantting to run it with Nginx, the steps below should be a great place to start….
Chamilo is a free e-Learning Management System (LMS) platform built on the LAMP / LEMP stack which allows users to create educational community 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…
For more about Chamilo LMS, please check its Homepage
This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Chamilo LMP on Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP 7.2-FPM support…
When you’re ready to get Chamilo, installed, follow the steps below
Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server on Ubuntu
Nginx HTTP Server is the second most popular web server in use… so install it, since Chamilo LMS needs it..
To install Nginx HTTP on Ubuntu server, run the commands below…
sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx
After installing Nginx, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable Nginx service to always start up with the server boots.
To test Nginx setup, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see Nginx default test page as shown below.. When you see that, then Nginx 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 Nginx…
sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/fpm/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
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0
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 Nginx
After installing PHP and related modules, all you have to do is restart Nginx to reload PHP configurations…
To restart Nginx, run the commands below
sudo systemctl restart nginx.service
Step 4: Create Chamilo Database
Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required for Chamilo 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 chamilo
CREATE DATABASE chamilo;
Create a database user called chamilouser with new password
CREATE USER 'chamilouser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';
Then grant the user full access to the database.
GRANT ALL ON chamilo.* TO 'chamilouser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;
Finally, save your changes and exit.
Step 5: Download and Install Chamilo LMS
Run the commands below to download Chamilo LMS content… then unzip the download file and move the content to Nginx default root directory…
Next, open your brwoser and go to the URL.. and continue with the installation….
Start the setup wizard by clicking Install Chamilo 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 Chamilo. The missing libraries shown in orange letters are optional, but some features of Chamilo 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 New Installation
Type in the site name and the database connection info…
Chamilo 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 Chamilo, 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.