NPTEL Hard Disk


  • We have totally 518 video courses and 426 web courses in NPTEL. Totally the size is 9TB {4TB (disk1)+ 4TB (disk2)+ 1TB(disk3)}.
  • Your local server Linux Platform should have a internal capacity of 10TB or more for futher updation.
  • Afer installing ubuntu OS on your PC, install webserver package in your local ubuntu server using following command :
  • apt-get install –y apache2         [To install apache webserver]

    service apache2 restart             [To install apache webserver]

    chkconfig httpd on                   [To install apache webserver]

  • Create a directory /var/www/html. And copy all the courses only into that directory from disk1, disk2, disk3 (HD’s) which should not contain any subfolders named like Web_courses, Phase1_Video , Phase2_Video etc inside /var/www/html

Alternative: If your local server doesn’t have 10TB capacity, please follow the below mentioned process.

Link the folder from mount point to /var/www/html using the following command :

  1. ln –s /disk1/1* /var/www/html/
  2. ln –s /disk2/1* /var/www/html/
  3. ln –s /disk3/1* /var/www/html/

Now, you can access NPTEL courses in the browser using your local IP or http://localhost

These steps below are to SETUP VLC plugin in your browser. If you already have the VLC player installed follow from Step 2

Step 1:
Download vlc player through internet. And install the VLC player setup.

Alternative: You may use the following command to install VLC Player on Ubuntu using the following command

  1. apt-get install –y vlc
  2. apt-get install vlc browser-plugin-vlc

Step 2:
Open Firefox browser and select "options" in toolbar.

Step 3:
Move to Application tab and search for media file like mp3, audio, mp4 file.

Step 4:
Choose the "MP4" file and click on "Action" column, then select "Use other" option.

Step 5:
Select VLC player as your plugin.

Step 6:
Close all instances of Firefox and Restart Firefox browser.

- The above steps are for Firefox, but similar plug in set up can be done in any browser.
- Similarly, the above steps have been defined for using VLC player.
- Any other player can also be used. The NPTEL index HTMLs may be modified by the institute, as required.

Step 7:
You should have pdf reader in your machine for displaying web courses.

Click here for downloading the Web Index