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Installing Edx on Ubuntu Xenial

2017-11-06 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

So I’ve been tasked with installing the Open edX devstack for work to do some testing. The current documentation is very lacking and it’s been an ordeal. I decided to summerize the process as a reference.

Note: If you’re installing on an OVH dedicated server, make sure to choose a custom installation with the original kernel and make sure the partition with /root has ample space.

Note 2: These instructions are based on the docs found here

Update server

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get dist-upgrade

Install Vagrant and VirtualBox

apt-get install vagrant virtualbox # I noticed virtualbox components being installed with the script so virtualbox might not be necessary here


The document referenced above will tell you to download the box file before hand. I tried that but the installation script below downloaded another copy anway, so don’t bother and leave it to the script

mkdir ~/devstack
cd ~/devstack
export OPENEDX_RELEASE=open-release/ginkgo.1 # Latest version at the time of writing
curl -OL$OPENEDX_RELEASE/util/install/ # Download bootstrap script
bash devstack # Run the script

If you get the following error

Uninstall Vagrant and install from here

apt-get purge vagrant
dpkg -i /root/devstack/vagrant_2.0.1_x86_64.deb # Has to be the full path of the deb file or dpkg won't know what to do
bash devstack # Run the script

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