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:
FireBird 2.1 or above
MySQL 3.23 or above
MS SQL Server 2000 or above (directly or via ODBC)
PostgreSQL 7.x or above
PHP 4.3.3+ (>=4.3.3, >4.4.x, >5.x.x, >6.0-dev (compatible)) with support for the database you intend to use.
getimagesize() function enabled
The following PHP modules are optional, but will provide access to additional features.
zlib Compression support
Remote FTP support
The presence of each of these required features will be checked during the installation process, explained in Section 1.2, “Installation”.