Conversion steps

Install phpBB3. The old message board and the phpBB3 board need to be installed on the same server.

  • If you are converting from a board other than phpBB2, upload the convertor files which you downloaded from the appropriate topic in the [3.0.x] Convertors forum.

  • Point your browser to {phpbb_root_directory}/install/index.php, click the Convert tab and select the appropriate convertor from the list of available convertors.

  • Next you will be asked for database information. The database information you are being asked for, is for the database that holds the tables for the board software you are converting from. You will be presented with an option for Refresh page to continue conversion The default is set to Yes. Normally, you will want to leave it at Yes. The No option is mainly for test purposes.

  • After entering the database information and pressing the Begin conversion button, the convertor will verify that you have entered the correct information. If the information is confirmed, you will have another Begin Conversion button.

  • After you click the Begin Conversion button, the convertor will check the convertor files. If everything is okay, you will be presented with a Continue Conversion button.

  • The convertor will now proceed to convert your old board. Pages will be displayed informing you about the progress of the conversion.

  • When the convertor is finished, you will see a message that the Search Index has not been converted. You must go into the Administration Control Panel and build the Search Index. In the ACP, click the Maintenance tab and select Search Index from the submenu. The default search backend index is Fulltext native and will be marked active. This is normally the index that you want to use to create your search index. For more information about search indexing, see Section 3.9.3, “Search Indexing”

  • You should now check your phpBB3 board for proper operation, that permissions are set correctly and forums & posts are displaying correctly. Also make sure files got copied from the old location, for example avatars and smilies and attachments (if you have them.)