Installing Gibbon

Looking for a quick install? Download or demo Gibbon via Softaculous.

Server Requirements

  1. Apache 2
  2. PHP 5.5 or above (with PDO, gettext, CURL. Recommended to turn dispaly_errors off.)
  3. MySQL 5 (collation set to utf8_general_ci)

Manual Installation

After download and unzipping:

  1. Copy all files to your server, choosing either the root directory or a sub-folder within it.
  2. Navigate your browser to the folder on your server where Gibbon has been located.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions in Gibbon’s new installer.
  4. Check out the Getting Started With Gibbon page for more information.

Note: If you want to help test and develop Gibbon, you can select the Cutting Edge Code option in the installer. This allows you to run the latest code from our GitHub repo. This is not recommended for production environments.

Softaculous Installation

If you are using a web hosting company that provides Softaculous via CPanel, you can follow the instructions in the video below to install Gibbon:

Post-Install & Server Config

  1. Set permissions of all Gibbon files so they are not publicly writeable (e.g. chmod -Rv 755).
  2. Create folder /uploads and set file permissions for to allow writing by web server (avoid chmod 777 for security reasons).
  3. To improve security and reliability, magic_quotes_gpc should be turned off in php.ini. This is supposed to be deprecated in PHP 5.3, but experience shows sometimes it is better to turn it off anyway.
  4. Turn PHP register_globals off. On shared host, use .htaccess “php_flag register_globals off” to do this
  5. Set PHP to allow <? as well as <?php. Turn short_open_tag on. (This is not required for running the Core as of v8.0.00 or greater. Update your additional modules to the latest version.)
  6. Turn folder browsing off. On shared host, use .htaccess “Options -Indexes”
  7. Set PHP’s max_file_uploads to at least the number of students in a class.
  8. Set PHP’s error to be error_reporting = E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE or less aggressive
  9. Set PHP to allow URLs as files (otherwise Calendar overlay in TT will not work). allow_url_fopen=On
  10. Set PHP’s max_input_vars setting to 5,000 (otherwise Manage Permissions breaks)
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