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   executables => {
   executables => {
   convert => 'C:/ImageMagick/convert.exe',
   convert => '/ImageMagick/convert.exe',
   pdftotext => 'C:/xpdf/pdftotext.exe',
   pdftotext => '/xpdf/pdftotext.exe',

Revision as of 12:17, 14 January 2011

Download an appropriate EPrints Release

Warning This feature requires EPrints version 3.2.1 or later

This page contains notes concerning installing version 3.2 on Win32-based platforms. There is still work to go on supporting EPrints on Win32.


  • Microsoft Windows XP or later
  • Apache 2.0 or later
  • MySQL 5 or later
  • ModPerl 2.0 or later

For indexing and thumbnailing you will also need:

Download EPrints Windows Installation Package (MSI)

Download the latest Win32 build from the link at the top of this page - do not install this until ALL supporting software is in place and in the places outlined!

Supporting Software


Download and install Apache 2.2 + OpenSSL (if needed) from http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi#apache22.

  • Change the installation directory to C:\Apache
  • After install manually add C:\Apache\bin to the windows path enviroment variable.


Download and install MySQL from http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

During the MySQL configuration Wizard:

  • Change default character set to Best support For Multilingualism


Download and install ActiveState Perl 5.10 from http://www.activestate.com/activeperl/downloads/

You should use the 32 bit version, as there are only 32 bit builds of Apache available.

Perl Modules

Add the uwinnipeg repository to PPM:

  • Start the "Perl Package Manager" (ActiveState Perl start menu)
  • Edit → Preferences
  • Under the Repositories tab add the University of Winnipeg repository from the suggested list.
  • Click Ok then close PPM

Run a command-prompt. On Vista+ you must run the command-prompt as administrator (right-click command prompt icon and select 'Run as administrator').

> ppm install DBD-mysql
> ppm install XML-LibXML
> ppm install Win32-Daemon
> ppm install Win32-DriveInfo
> ppm install mod_perl
  • Set the Apache modules directory to C:/Apache/modules
> ppm install XML-LibXSLT
  • Allow fetching of the required libraries

Indexing and Thumbnailing Tools

To get indexing and thumbnailing working will require some configuration file changes.

When you have installed a tool you need to tell EPrints where to find it. Edit perl_lib\EPrints\SystemSettings.pm:

$EPrints::SystemSettings::conf = {
 executables => {
  convert => '/ImageMagick/convert.exe',
  pdftotext => '/xpdf/pdftotext.exe',

For a full list of tools look in lib\syscfg.d\executables.pl.


Edit the Apache configuration file C:\Apache\conf\httpd.conf and add below the last LoadModule line:

LoadFile C:/perl/bin/perl510.dll
LoadModule perl_module modules/mod_perl.so

And at the end of the file:

Include C:/eprints/cfg/apache.conf

Getting Started

To create the indexer service entries (EPrints 3.3+), as administrator run:

> perl C:\eprints\bin\indexer install

Before starting Apache configure a new repository, see Getting Started with EPrints 3.

You will need to manually restart the indexer if you change the repository configuration.