Sakai 1.5.1

Sakai 1.5 QuickDemo


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This is a distribution of Sakai 1.5.1 designed to allow someone to have a demonstration installation in a few minutes. The Sakai QuickDemo is distributed as a pre-configured Tomcat installation. In addition to the core Sakai framework and tools it contains the Help, Syllabus, "Test and Quiz" (Samigo), and Presentation tools.

The primary differences between the 1.5.0 Quickstart release and the 1.5.1 QuickDemo distribution are over 60 bug fixes and the inclusion of a preconfigured version of Test and Quiz.

Note that the QuickDemo only supports the HSQLDB database system and is not designed to be a production installation of Sakai. For production purposes Sakai supports MySQL and Oracle, but those versions need to be built and configured by the local installer. For more information see the QuickProd distribution.

What does QuickDemo require?

You will need to have a previously installed Java JRE or SDK environment. It requires Java 1.4.2 or better. It does not work with Java 1.5.

The Ant and Tomcat tools are required and are provided in the QuickDemo package.

QuickDemo Installation

The installation steps are:

  • Download the distribution zip file.
  • Unzip the QuickDemo zip file.
  • Go into the sakai directory.
The steps to start and stop the demonstration version of Sakai vary a bit depending on the host operating system. For any OS the demonstation version of Sakai will be available at the URL http://localhost:8080/portal. The start and stop commands are as follows. Note that the UNIX commands will work for MAC OS X also.


  • Run start.bat. This does some configuration and starts Tomcat.
  • Run stop.bat to shut down Tomcat and stop Sakai.


  • Run 'sh'. This will set permissions on other scripts, setup some environment variables and start the Sakai tomcat. After the first execution the correct permissions will be set on the scripts and this can be invoked simply as ''
  • Run to shut down Tomcat and stop Sakai.

If something goes wrong, look at the tomcat logs in the tomcat/logs directory and the Sakai logs in localfiles/logs.