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 4.1.3 or above (MySQLi required)

    • MariaDB 5.1 or above

    • MS SQL Server 2000 or above (via ODBC or the native adapter)

    • Oracle

    • PostgreSQL 8.3+

    • SQLite 3.6.15+

  • PHP 7.2.0+ with support for the database you intend to use.

  • getimagesize() function enabled

  • The following PHP modules are required:

    • json

    • mbstring

    • XML support

    • 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

    • GD support

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