phpBB has a few requirements which must be met before you are able to install and use it. In this section, these requirements are explained.

  • A webserver or web hosting account running on any major Operating System with support for PHP

  • A SQL database system, one of:

    • MySQL 3.23 or above (MySQLi supported)

    • MariaDB 5.1 or above

    • MS SQL Server 2000 or above (via ODBC)

    • MS SQL Server 2005 or above (via the native adapter, SQLSRV)

    • Oracle

    • PostgreSQL 8.3+

    • SQLite 2

    • SQLite 3

  • PHP >= 5.3.3, PHP < 7.0-dev

  • getimagesize() function enabled

  • The following PHP modules are required:

    • json

    • Corresponding PHP module for the database system you intend to use

  • The following PHP modules are optional, but will provide access to additional features.

    • zlib Compression support

    • Remote FTP support

    • XML support

    • Imagemagick support

    • GD support

The presence of each of these required features will be checked during the installation process, explained in Section 1.2, “Installation”.