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Elgg on OpenShift

Elgg is an award-winning open source social networking engine that provides a robust framework on which to build all kinds of social environments, from a campus wide social network for your university, school or college or an internal collaborative platform for your organization through to a brand-building communications tool for your company and its clients.

More information can be found on the official elgg website at

Running on OpenShift

Create an account at

Create a php application with mysql

rhc app create elgg php-5.3 mysql-5.1

Make a note of the mysql, username, password, and host name as you will need to use these to complete the Piwik installation on OpenShift

Add this upstream elgg quickstart repo

cd elgg 
git remote add upstream -m master git://
git pull -s recursive -X theirs upstream master

Push back to your OpenShift repo

git push

That's it for the code, you can now install your application at:


When the installation asks you for your data directory, use the value of the environment variable $OPENSHIFT_DATA_DIR