Tired of unoconv setup – Moodle Dev team working on making the file conversion API in a pluggable interface #MoodleDev

Unoconv – Universal Office Converter, is a command line program which is used to convert between different file formats supported by LibreOffice/OpenOffice. Unoconv is used by Moodle since the release of Moodle 3.1 and is used by the Assignment activity to convert documents to pdf so that they can be annotated.

Technically speaking, in Moodle 3.1, the File API added the ability to convert files, but local unoconv was a requirement. Apart from unoconv, There are various web services and different applications that can do this conversion work. Now, Moodle HQ team is working over a new tracker project MDl-55528 to make the file conversion in a pluggable interface.

Unoconv Alternatives:

Unoconv is pretty difficult to set up and scale on some OS and some alternatives as suggested by one of the community members are:

Martin Dougiamas, CEO & Founder of Moodle Project is also pushing the development team to get it right before the release of Moodle 3.3 You can also be a part of discussion through comments over this Tracker issue.

Have you faced any issues with unoconv as Moodle site administrator? Let us know your experience with unoconv in the comments section below.

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Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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  • Scott Christy

    I’ve been putzing with getting Unoconv to work on a new Moodle 3.2 set up (Windows 2012 server) for my school district and have had NO LUCK at all getting it to work.

    I had a hard enough time convincing my district that Moodle would serve our needs for a CMS (vs a paid option that they preferred) and the annotate PDF feature was a big part of my pitch to convince them. I’m very frustrated as I have been unable to get the document conversion process to work so this would be a VERY welcome addition to Moodle. How soon can this be ready to test? I’d be very willing to participate in a beta test of this feature.

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