Ubuntu 18.04

This page provides instructions on installing Autolab for development on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. If you encounter any issue along the way, check out Troubleshooting.

  1. Upgrade system packages and installing prerequisites

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get install build-essential git libffi-dev zlib1g-dev autoconf bison build-essential libssl-dev libyaml-dev libreadline6-dev libncurses5-dev libgdbm5 libgdbm-dev libmysqlclient-dev libjansson-dev universal-ctags
  2. Cloning Autolab repo from Github to ~/Autolab

    cd ~/
    git clone https://github.com/autolab/Autolab.git
    cd Autolab
  3. Setting up rbenv and ruby-build plugin

    cd ~/
    git clone https://github.com/rbenv/rbenv.git ~/.rbenv
    echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.rbenv/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc
    echo 'eval "$(rbenv init -)"' >> ~/.bashrc
    source ~/.bashrc
    ~/.rbenv/bin/rbenv init
    git clone https://github.com/sstephenson/ruby-build.git ~/.rbenv/plugins/ruby-build
  4. Installing Ruby (Based on ruby version)

    cd Autolab
    rbenv install  `cat .ruby-version`
  5. Installing SQLite

    sudo apt-get install sqlite3 libsqlite3-dev
  6. Installing MySQL. (If you would just like to test Autolab, then you can skip this step by using SQLite) Following instructions from How to Install MySQL on Ubuntu.

    sudo apt install mysql-server
    sudo mysql_secure_installation
    > There will be a few questions asked during the MySQL setup.
    * Validate Password Plugin? N
    * Remove Annonymous Users? Y
    * Disallow Root Login Remotely? Y
    * Remove Test Database and Access to it? Y
    * Reload Privilege Tables Now? Y
  7. (If you are using MySQL) Create a new user with access to autolab_test and autolab_development databases. Because a password rather than auth_socket is needed, we need to ensure that user uses mysql_native_password

    sudo mysql
    mysql> CREATE USER 'user1'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY '<password>';
    mysql> exit;
  8. Installing Rails

    cd Autolab
    gem install bundler
    rbenv rehash
    bundle install
  9. Initializing Autolab Configs

    cp config/database.yml.template config/database.yml
    cp config/school.yml.template config/school.yml
    cp config/autogradeConfig.rb.template config/autogradeConfig.rb
    cp config/lti_settings.yml.template config/lti_settings.yml
    • Edit school.yml with your school/organization specific names and emails.
    • Edit database.yml with the correct credentials for your chosen database. Refer to Troubleshooting for any issues and suggested development configurations.
    • Edit lti_settings.yml if you are intending on integrating your instance of Autolab with an LTI Advantage Platform. See LTI Integration Setup for more information.
  10. Create a .env file to store Autolab configuration constants.

    cp .env.template .env

    If you have not installed Tango yet, you do not need to do anything else in this stage. If you have already installed Tango, you should make sure to fill in the .env file with values consistent with Tango's config.py

  11. Initialize application secrets.

  12. (Using MySQL) Editing Database YML. Change the and fields in config/database.yml to the username and password that has been set up for the mysql. For example if your username is user1, and your password is 123456, then your yml would be

        adapter: mysql2
        database: autolab_development
        pool: 5
        username: user1
        password: '123456'
        socket: /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
        host: localhost
            sql_mode: NO_ENGINE_SUBSTITUTION
        adapter: mysql2
        database: autolab_test
        pool: 5
        username: user1
        password: '123456'
        socket: /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
        host: localhost
            sql_mode: NO_ENGINE_SUBSTITUTION
  13. (Using SQLite) Editing Database YML. Comment out the configurations meant for MySQL in config/database.yml, and insert the following

        adapter: sqlite3
        database: db/autolab_development
        pool: 5
        timeout: 5000
        adapter: sqlite3
        database: db/autolab_test
        pool: 5
        timeout: 5000
  14. Granting permissions on the databases. Setting global sql mode is important to relax the rules of mysql when it comes to group by mode

    (access mysql using your root first to grant permissions)
    mysql> grant all privileges on autolab_development.* to '<username>'@localhost;
    mysql> grant all privileges on autolab_test.* to '<username>'@localhost;
    mysql> SET GLOBAL sql_mode=(SELECT REPLACE(@@sql_mode,'ONLY_FULL_GROUP_BY',''));
    mysql> exit
  15. Initializing Autolab Database

    cd Autolab
    bundle exec rails db:create
    bundle exec rails db:reset
    bundle exec rails db:migrate
  16. Create initial root user, pass the -d flag for developmental deployments:

    # For production:
    # For development:
    ./bin/initialize_user.sh -d
  17. If you are just testing Autolab, you can populate the database with sample course & students

    cd Autolab
    bundle exec rails autolab:populate
  18. Run Autolab!

    cd Autolab
    bundle exec rails s -p 3000 --binding=
  19. Visit localhost:3000 on your browser to view your local deployment of Autolab, and login with either the credentials of the root user you just created, or choose Developer Login with

    Email: "admin@foo.bar"
  20. Install Tango, the backend autograding service. Information on linking Autolab to Tango can be found on this page as well.

  21. If you would like to deploy the server, you can try out Phusion Passenger.

  22. If you would like to configure Github integration to allow students to submit via Github, please follow the Github integration setup instructions.

  23. Now you are all set to start using Autolab! Please fill out this form to join our registry so that we can provide you with news about the latest features, bug-fixes, and security updates. For more info, visit the Guide for Instructors and Guide for Lab Authors.