In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration Chamilo on Ubuntu 16.04. For those of you who didn’t know, Chamilo is an open-source (under GNU/GPL licensing) e-learning and content management system, aimed at improving access to education and knowledge globally. It is backed up by the Chamilo Association, which has goals including the promotion of the software, the maintenance of a clear communication channel, and the building of a network of services providers and software contributors. The Chamilo project aims at ensuring the availability and quality of education at a reduced cost, through the distribution of its software free of charge, the improvement of its interface for 3rd world countries devices portability, and the provision of a free access public e-learning campus.
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 and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation Chamilo on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.
Install Chamilo on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.
Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP) server.
A Ubuntu 16.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install all required PHP modules:
You’ll need to also adjust some settings in your php.ini. Open up the file and edit these two variables:
Also, add/modify the following settings:
Step 3. Installing Chamilo.
The first thing to do is to go to Chamilo’s download page and download the latest stable version of Chamilo, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.10:
Unpack the Chamilo archive to the document root directory on your server:
We will need to change some folders permissions:
Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Chamilo.
By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each step carefully which will set a root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:
Configure it like this:
Next, we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the Chamilo. Run the following command:
This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MariaDB root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for Chamilo installation:
Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Chamilo.
Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘chamilo.conf’ on your virtual server:
Add the following lines:
Save and close the file. Restart the apache service for the changes to take effects:
Step 6. Accessing Chamilo.
Chamilo will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/ or http://server-ip/ and complete the required steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Chamilo. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Chamilo e-learning and content management system on your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Chamilo website.