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Installing Your Own Personal WeBWork Server, Part II

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV

This series of posts covers the installation of WeBWork. This post, Part II of the series, has instructions for installing VirtualBox. Although I am using Windows 7, the instructions should apply to other operating systems that VirtualBox can be installed on.

Why Install VirtualBox?

WeBWork is designed to be installed alongside a web server on a Unix based computer. VirtualBox is a software program that allows you to install additional operating systems within the operating system you are currently running. Another option would be to install WeBWork on a separate computer that is dedicated to web hosting. While this option may be appealing to colleges, it did not seem practical for the purpose of installing my own personal version of WeBWork. Additionally, the option presented here has a lower cost, as VirtualBox is available for free. For additional details on VirtualBox, please check out its homepage and/or the corresponding Wikipedia page.

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Installing Your Own Personal WeBWork Server, Part I

Part IPart II | Part III | Part IV

This series of posts will give step-by-step instructions on installing your own WeBWork server. WeBWork is an open source, freely available homework system. It is used by many colleges, and is often installed on a college network. While its installation may sound complicated, as it is typically installed on a Linux computer running Apache with a SQL database, these instructions will make it very simple to install your own personal copy of WeBWork on Windows and Mac computers. Knowledge of Linux, Apache, and SQL will not be necessary. Installing WeBWork will give you access to over 20,000 freely available problems that span topics ranging from discrete mathematics to multivariable calculus.