Installation of phpBB 2.x

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Installation of phpBB 2.x

Postby DooBDee on Tue Sep 13, 2005 6:06 pm

Problem / Question: How do i install phpBB ?

Answer / Solution: Firstly, you will need to make sure you have the requirements to run phpBB forums.

Installation of phpBB 2.x (the version these forums are using) requires the following:
  • A webserver or web hosting account running on any major Operating System
  • A SQL database system, one of:
  • MySQL (3.22 or higher)
  • PostgreSQL 7.0.3 or higher (preferably 7.1.x or 7.2.x)
  • MS SQL Server (7 or 2000) directly or via ODBC
  • MS Access (2000 or XP) via ODBC
  • PHP (3.0.9 and above or preferably a recent 4.x) with support for the database you intend to use above
If your server or hosting account does not meet the requirements above I am afraid phpBB 2.x is not for you.

Firstly, you will need to set up the SQL database. To install phpBB, you will need the following information from your SQL database :[list=*][*]Server Hostname / DNS
[*]Database name
[*]Database user name
[*]Database password[/list]After doing this, you are then ready to upload your download of phpBB, which you can get from HERE. Acknowledging the fact that you have downloaded an extracted it to the folder that you want it. Then, simply upload that folder onto your public area of you webspace.

*Note* All image files should be uploaded in binary mode, and all other files in ASCII mode.

With the files uploaded, you will now need to change the permissions of the file 'config.php' prior to running the installation so that the script can write to the file. You will need to set the permission to 666.

You are now ready to actually install the phpBB forum.

Now point your browser to the path which may look something like Now comes the part with the Database you created.

Database Type Field :
Select the database type you are using making sure it is the correct version.

You will now need to enter the database information :[list=*][*]Server Hostname / DNS
[*]Database name
[*]Database user name
[*]Database password[/list]If unsure, ask you web provider / host.

Prefix For Tables In Database Field

Unless you have any specific reason to change it, (eg. multiple installations of phpBB) the default table prefix will work fine.

You will now need to enter the email address where as an administrator, you will receive various notifications in the course of running the board.

Now create an admin user name and password. You will use this to login to the administration panel and manage the board.

Now hit the Start install button.

You are now almost done, now go back to the ftp client, and change the permission of config.php to 644.

Now press the Finish Install button.

You will then get a message saying 'Please ensure both the install/ and contrib/ directories are deleted. Do this via your FTP client.

This is a very important otherwise you are leaving a serious potential security issue which may lead to deletion or alteration of files.

Well done!

You have now succesfully installed phpBB on your site. Now you can login as admin to start configuring your board. Typically, the login URL will be something like
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