Installing Joomdle in Moodle

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This document applies to Joomdle Release 1.2.7

Installing Joomdle for Moodle

To allow Moodle to authenticate with Joomla! you will need to install and configure the Joomdle authentication plugin.  This plugin can be found in the Joomdle installation package called (folder moodle/).

You can directly upload the plugin through Moodle interface, in Site administration->Plugins->Install add-ons


Configuring Joomdle for Moodle

Once these files have been copied to the moodle/auth/joomdle directory, visit Administration Menu → Notifications to complete plugin installation.

Then return to the  Moodle Network Authentication section found at  Administration Menu → Users → Authentication → Manage  authentication.  You should now see a new option Authentication Plugin called Joomdle, activate this plugin.


Then configure the plugin by clicking on the "Settings link" and enter your Joomla! server's domain name URL.  This is the only setting that needs to be configured. Remember to add http:// in front of your URL.


There is also another option, that you may need to change: Connection method. It chooses which connection method to use when using Joomla's web services. Options are file_get_contents and curl. Select the one available in your server.

  • Tip: Leave it as default first, and then use System Check page in Joomdle component in Joomla to check which connection method is available in your server.

To finish the Joomdle Moodle installation, go to Site Administration -> Notifications.

You have now configured the Moodle side of Joomdle.  Proceed to install and configure Joomdle for Joomla!

There are other options you may wish to configure.

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  • Sync users to Joomla: Syncs user creation and removal, and user profile updating.
  • Joomla default language: Joomla default languahe string. Only needed for J1.6/1.7 with multi language enabled
  • Jomsocial activities: Add Jomsocial activities in response to Moodle events
  • Create Jomsocial groups: Create a Jomsocial group for each course
  • Delete Jomsocial groups: Delete Jomsocial group when deleting course
  • Auto-sell courses: Create/update/delete courses on Joomla shop when done in Moodle
  • Enrol parents in courses: Auto enrol parents in children courses
  • Parent role ID: ID of parent role in Moodle

You can also modify the default options for User Profile data locking in Moodle. Locked fields cannot be edited by the user in Moodle, and take the value from Joomla.

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Advanced Moodle Configuration (Optional)

Note:  Some of these options can render your Moodle site inaccessible - please ensure you know what you are doing!

Removing the default Moodle login page (redirect the Moodle login page to Joomla!)

  • Define an alternate login URL for Moodle, so that Moodle users never see the Moodle login page.   We recommend that you don't enable this until everything is up, testing, testing again, tested one more time, and running.  Oh did we say, test first before you do this!
    • Users->Authentication->Manage Authentication: Alternate Login URL.  Here we put Joomla URL.
  • If you are using Moodle in a wrapper, you can use this URL, so Joomla login page won't appear inside the wrapper:

Creating an alternative login page for Moodle's Administrators

Restrict access to Moodle to registered users only

  • Restrict access to Moodle to registered users only, so that no guests can enter the Moodle site.
    • Security -> Site Policies -> Force users to login