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phpBB Hosting – Web App Overview

phpBB is a flexible discussion board software with flat message structure written in PHP

As a bulletin board service (BBS), the software boasts an extensive library of user-contributed extensions and themes.

phpBB supports multiple database engines such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS SQL Server, and MS Access.

Who uses phpBB?

This free, open source BBS has been powering a wide range of forums, including:

  • Entertainment
  • Technology
  • Enterprise
  • International communities
  • Comedy
  • News
  • Music
  • e-Commerce


  • UTF-8 Support
  • Extensions
  • 2.x PHP7 Support
  • HTML5, CSS3, Responsive Design
  • User Preferences
  • Moderation
  • Administration
  • Search Engine Spider Handling
  • Unread Message Tracking
  • Private Message System
  • Password Complexity
  • Allow/Disallow Duplicate Emails
  • Word Censors
  • Unmatched Code Security
  • Type-aware Parameter Handling and Database Layer
  • Anti-Spam
  • Data Management
  • Caching
  • Customizable board style
  • Permission Roles
  • Plugins
  • Multiple Methods of Notifying Users

Find the full list of features here.

A closer look at phpBB

The Admin interface

The Control Panel tab

The latest version of phpBB is 3.2.2.

See for yourself how this software works, login to a demo.

Websites using phpBB

About 13,000 live websites are using phpBB, and 40 sites have Australian domain. (source:

A sample of phpBB-powered discussion boards:

Hosting Requirements

  • 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
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Getting started with phpBB

The latest version of phpBB can be installed on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

Or, click Downloads from the website. Instructions are provided for you.


Publisher: phpBB
Category: BBS / Forum
Initial release: 2000
Language: PHP
Dev/s: phpBB Limited
License: GNU / GPLv2
Price: Free

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