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A taste of Sugar on any device

The Sugar Learning Platform is a leading learning platform developed for the One Laptop per Child project and used every day by nearly 3 million children around the world. With Sugarizer, you could discover the Sugar Learning Platform on any device: from the tiny Raspberry PI to the small Android/iOS tablet or the bigger PC/Mac. Enjoy the experience and help us reach every children on every device in every country.

Sugarizer is distributed in the form of 3 components:

Thin Client

Sugarizer Thin Client is Sugarizer in a browser. It could work on any device with a recent Chrome/Chromium version, and has also been tested successfully on Firefox, Safari and IE. Sugarizer Thin Client doesn't need any installation on the device but requires a permanent access to a Sugarizer Server.

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Features of Sugarizer Thin Client include:

  • Sugar Desktop view (Radial, List and Journal),
  • Sugar Local data store storage - limited by the browser to 5Mb (see here),
  • Running of remote stored Sugar Web Activities,
  • Backup or sharing of local storage content to the Server,
  • Presence and collaboration

You can run Sugarizer here but every Sugarizer Server could also provide a Thin Client access.


Sugarizer Client is Sugarizer installed locally on the device so it does not require any access to the Server - it works stand-alone. Server access could be required only when it needs network features. Sugarizer could work on any device with a recent Chrome/Chromium version and has also been tested successfully on Firefox, Safari and IE. Sugarizer Client is available for PC, for Android, iOS, Chrome Web App and for Firefox OS devices.

To install Sugarizer on a PC (GNU Linux/Mac OS/Windows), download the file, unzip its content, then launch Chrome using the command line:

	chrome --allow-file-access-from-files

Then open the "index.html" file in the browser. Note that the option "--allow-file-access-from-files" is needed to authorize access to local file. Don't forget to close all other instances of Chrome before using this option. For other browser equivalent options see here. Do not hesitate to write a shortcut on this command for future use.

Download for PC

Note that if your browser is Chrome you could install Sugarizer as a Chrome Web App, just go to the Chrome Web Store (see here) and click on it. It will avoid you any installation.

To install Sugarizer on Android, you could install it directly from Google Play, Amazon App Store or F-Droid (see here). However if you don't want to use stores, you could download it directly. First "enable installation from unknown sources" in the Android device settings to allow the installation of an application outside Google Play (see here to learn how). Then download the file org.olpc-france.sugarizer.apk from your browser and accept conditions.

Download for Android

To install Sugarizer on Firefox OS, you could install it directly from the Firefox Marketplace (see here). However if you don't want to use the marketplace, you could download it directly. Just click on the button below and follow instructions on the next screen.

Download for Firefox OS

Features of Sugarizer Client include:

  • Sugar Desktop view (Radial, List and Journal),
  • Sugar Local data store storage - limited by the browser to 5Mb (see here),
  • Running of locally stored Sugar Web Activities,
  • Capability to connect to a server to backup or sharing local storage to the Server,
  • Presence and collaboration


Sugarizer Server is the back-end for network features of Sugarizer. It means: allow deployment of Sugarizer on a local server, for example on a school server, so expose locally Thin Client (without Internet access). Sugarizer Server can also be used to provide collaboration features for Client and Thin Client on the network. Sugarizer Server could be deployed on any computer with Apache2, Node.js and MongoDB.

Download Server

Sugarizer Server features include:

  • Sugarizer Thin Client access,
  • Backup and shared storage for Client and Thin Client,
  • Presence and collaboration handling between Client/Thin Client on the same network

A Sugarizer server instance is accessible here.

Sugarizer server features demonstration

To run your own Sugarizer Server, follow the step behind. Commands are shown from a new Debian Linux machine and could be different for other platforms or for an already installed machine:

  1. Install Apache2: you need to install Apache2 and ensure than few mods are available and enabled: mod_headers, mod_proxy, mod_proxy_http and mode_rewrite. You need also to allow override on /var/www directory. See here for more.
  2. sudo apt-get install apache2
    cd /etc/apache2/mods-enabled
    sudo ln -s ../mods-available/headers.load headers.load
    sudo ln -s ../mods-available/rewrite.load rewrite.load
    sudo ln -s ../mods-available/proxy.load proxy.load
    sudo ln -s ../mods-available/proxy_http.load proxy_http.load
    sudo vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/default  # Set to all value for /var/www AllowOverride
    sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
  3. Install Node.js: Install Node.js and npm to manage packages. See here more information.
  4. sudo apt-get install python g++ make checkinstall fakeroot
    src=$(mktemp -d) && cd $src
    wget -N
    tar xzvf node-latest.tar.gz && cd node-v*
    sudo fakeroot checkinstall -y --install=no --pkgversion $(echo $(pwd) | sed -n -re's/.+node-v(.+)$/\1/p') make -j$(($(nproc)+1)) install
    sudo dpkg -i node_*
    curl | sudo sh
  5. Install MongoDB: Don't forget to create a /data/db directory to store databases. See here more information.
  6. sudo apt-get install mongodb
    sudo mkdir -p /data/db
  7. Install Sugarizer: If need, you could update server/sugarizer.ini file (update port for web, mongodb or presence)
  8. sudo apt-get install git
    cd /var/www
    sudo git clone
    cd /var/www/sugarizer/server
    sudo npm install
  9. Run MongoDB and Sugarizer Server:Run mongo daemon and Sugarizer a background process.
  10. sudo mongod --fork --port 27018 --logpath /home/root/mongo.log
    sudo nohup node sugarizer.js > /home/root/sugarizer.log &
  11. Update Firewall rules: If need, open Firewall port for HTTP and Presence.
  12. sudo iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT # HTTP
    sudo iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 8039 -j ACCEPT   # Presence 
    sudo iptables -A OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 8039 -j ACCEPT    # Presence

To check your install, run "http://<server name>/sugarizer" in your browser: you should see the home with all activities. Then go to Journal view, you should see at the bottom of the screen the two icons to switch to private/shared journal.

Sugarizer is an open source software under Apache 2 licence, source code is available on Github here.

© 2013-2015 Lionel Laské, Sugar Labs Inc and Contributors.

Image credits: Play by P.J. Onori from the Noun Project, Responsive Design by Benni from the Noun Project, Server image by aLf from the Noun Project, Cloud by Dmitry Baranovskiy from the Noun Project, Tablet by Konstantin Velichko from the Noun Project.