AWS services for Moodle

Moodle, no doubt, is the best open-source LMS in the world. It has tons of features. This is written in PHP, and generally utilized Linux/Apache/PHP/Mysql(MariaDB) stack for the host, however, you can use other databases apart from MySQL like postgre.

AWS is the best most demanding Cloud service. which provides VPC [virtual private cloud] to host our own service and it also provides tons of other services as SAAS model.

If you go with AWS + MOODLE, the following are the services that can help/enhance/optimize the performance of the application.

If you want to manage AWS , you can choose AWS ROUTE 53 service as well.

Single Machine Based Implementation :-

AWS lightsail service is good to choose with if you just want to host a moodle. This has a very simple intuitive interface to set up the application [mostly website] on AWS platform, where, no deep knowledge is required.


You can go for the core AWS services,

  • Amazon EC2 for compute
  • Amazon RDS for Database

Although, Lightsail offers, Loadbalncer as well, still , in aspect of DB, it would be vertical scalable deployment, where you can increase the machine size on the base of need.

Horizontal Scalable Based Implementation:-

This type of implementation is done for mid-scale to large-scale moodle implementation

In this case, you may use,

  • AWS load balancer + auto scale group + launch template
  • AWS ec2 fleet for apache and PHP [In case of docker, we can choose for AWS fargate as well]
  • EFS / S3 [as moodle support S3 file system as well] for moodle data
  • AWS RDS [Aurora] serverless [Mysql Compatible] for auto-scaling
  • AWS elastic cache for setting up Redis bases caching layer . See why ?

You can build the whole system using AWS Elastic beanstalk [–make sure RDS and EFS are out of beanstalk environment, otherwise, during deployment, you will lose the data.] or You can set up individual components and connect them as you need.

AWS architecture for Moodle


  • AWS Cloudfront to serve your site using AWS CDN
  • AWS backup for managing backup and AWS glacier for putting up old data into the archive.
  • AWS cloud watch for monitoring

Application-level Service for Utilization:-

  • AWS SES to set up SMTP service for email notification in moodle. AWS emails have a reputation, so reach directly in your inbox.

Enhancement Service:-

  • Moodle Global Search using AWS elastic search service.[]
  • AWS recognition, to bring AI proctoring into quiz module, through available/paid plugins in the market. [there are a market player who provides the moodle addon, and you can directly use AWS service for rekognition]
  • Providing Text-to-Speech using AWS Polly service.


An E-learning Solution Architect and LAMP Stack Developer.

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