Moodle Question Type Installation

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Installing the Moodle Question Type is designed to be easy. Assuming you already have the prerequisites this should take about 5 minutes.

While Revision 31 of the code in the Rochester SVN was throwing errors, with the update to Revision 32 the code is reported to work without difficult on install. Thanks to Jerome Charaoui, Matt Petro, Mike Gage and others who assisted in getting the fix and publishing it.

It should be noted that at present WWMQT cannot import question banks (as opposed to requiring an instructor to cut and paste each question into the Moodle question bank), which arguably renders this integration much less economical than it might otherwise be, but that certainly does not mean that it won't be addressed in future. Net-buoy 21:10, 5 November 2009 (EST)


  • Moodle 1.9 --
  • PHP5 -- Depending on your system there are many simple ways to install PHP.
  • PHP soap extensions -- Can be installed as a package out of debian or out of an rpm, or flagged when PHP is built from source.
  • WeBWorK Question Server [optional] -- Find installation instructions at WeBWorK Question Server Installation.


To start you should have administrator access to the Moodle site.

1. Check out a copy of the WeBWorK Moodle Question Type by running the following from a terminal:

   svn co wwquestion

This will place a folder named wwquestion in your current working directory.

2. In the directory wwmqt/bin/setup you should find the perl script and config.php.base. Execute (remember, you made need to take additional steps to run this script on your system, such as invoking sudo, etc.) The script essentially configures an appropriate config.php file for you and then deletes prior copies of wwmqt files and then installs new copies of the files. If you do not wish to install a WeBWorK Question Server on your own machine you can use a communal server and addresses you can provide to the script in this case can be found at WeBWorK Question Server.

If you wish, you can review the contents of the script and address the few actions taken by it manually.

3. Login to the Moodle site and click on Notifications in the Site Administration panel on the left. The database tables should now be created.

That's it. Your done! Everything can be tested by trying to load and preview a WeBWorK question.

Look at the Moodle Question Type FAQ if you have any questions.