Use a Virtual Machine (VM) if you are running on Windows, or would like to sample MOOSE on your Linux or Macintosh workstation, while keeping any changes to your current system minimal.


Depending on your operating system, download an appropriate VM Ware player from VMWare.

After you install the VMWare product, it will ask you to create a VM. Simply click cancel, or close VMWare at this point.

Download the Virtual Machine

When the download is complete, extract the contents anywhere you like. An item named: moose_3-29-2016 will be created. Double-clicking on this item should launch the VM. If you see a 'vmwarevm' extension on the item, you will need to go into this directory and double click on 'moose_3-29-2016.vmx' to launch the VM.

Note: We have received a report that the built in decompression tool supplied by Windows, may not be able to extract the above file correctly. It is recommended that one uses WinRAR or WinZIP to extract the file instead.

Virtual Machine tid-bits

Depending on your machine's hardware, it may complain about insufficient allocated memory. If this happens, you will have to click on the settings button, then the Processors & Memory options and adjust the memory slider appropriately. It is highly recommended to allocate 4GB or more to this VM.

As the VM launches for the first time, you will be asked if this image was either moved or copied. Click on 'Copied'. You will automatically log into the VM with the moose user account. This account has privileged rights via sudo. The credentials for this account are:

  • User ID: moose
  • Password: moose

Note: This image does not have any server daemons installed (SSH, Apache etc).

Post Install

The next thing to do, would be to continue to Step 2 on the Getting Started page. Have Fun!

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