Greenstone is a suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections. It is not a digital library but a tool for building digital libraries. It provides a new way of organizing information and publishing it on the Internet in the form of a fully-searchable, metadata-driven digital library. It has been developed and distributed in cooperation with UNESCO and the Human Info NGO in Belgium. It is open-source, multilingual software, issued under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
Installing Greenstone is really rather simple, though the online tutorials can be somewhat confusing given the different configurations for servers, etc. These instructions are for a local, non-networked, installation on a computer running Ubuntu 10.04, though they will work for other recent Ubuntu versions as well.
- Download the most recent release for GNU/Linux at http://www.greenstone.org/download. For me, the most recent release is Greenstone-2.83-linux.
- Open a terminal and navigate to your downloads folder. If you are new to Linux, typing
pwdwill tell you your current directory.
liwill tell you the contents of your current folder. For me, I entered the following to move from my home directory to the Downloads subdirectory:
- Next, double-check to ensure that your downloaded file is in this directory using the
licommand. Then, make that file executable with the following command (be sure to use the correct filename if you downloaded a different version):
chmod a+x Greenstone-2.83-linux
- Leave this terminal window open, but now open your desktop file browser and go to the Downloads folder. For me, that is “Places” then “Home Folder” then “Downloads”. Then double-click on Greenstone-2.83-linux to launch the installer. Alternatively, you could launch it from within the terminal window if you are comfortable with that.
- Follow the installation instructions by clicking “Next” throughout the dialogue, but be sure NOT to install the “admin” pages when asked since we are only installing this for local, non-networked use.
- Once Greenstone is installed, these last two steps are what will be necessary for launching the program each time. Greenstone does not install into the Applications menu and must be started from the terminal in Linux. First, launch the Greenstone Server from the command line within the Greenstone directory.
Navigate to the Greenstone directory from the Downloads directory:
Launch the Greenstone Server:
Greenstone will then also try to open a web browser and take you to the default page. If this encounters an error, click “File” on the little server window, then “Settings” and change to one of the other options like “/localhost” or “127.0.0.1” until you find the right setting.
- Now open a new tab in the terminal window and launch the Greenstone Librarian Interface (also from within the Greenstone directory):