Lainchan - A fork of vichan
Lainchan is a fork of vichan, a great imageboard package, actively building on it and adding a lot of features and other improvements.
- PHP >= 5.4 (we still try to keep compatibility with php 5.3 as much as possible) PHP 7.0 is explicitly supported.
- MySQL/MariaDB server
- PHP GD
- PHP PDO
We try to make sure lainchan is compatible with all major web servers and
operating systems. lainchan does not include an Apache
.htaccess file nor does
it need one.
- MySQL/MariaDB server >= 5.5.3
- ImageMagick (command-line ImageMagick or GraphicsMagick preferred).
- APC (Alternative PHP Cache), XCache or Memcached
You can contribute to lainchan by:
- Developing patches/improvements/translations and using GitHub to submit pull requests
- Providing feedback and suggestions
- Writing/editing documentation
If you need help developing a patch, please join our IRC channel.
irc.lainchan.org:6697 @ #thecage
Download and extract lainchan to your web directory or get the latest development version with:
git clone git://github.com/lainchan/lainchan.git
install.phpin your web browser and follow the prompts.
lainchan should now be installed. Log in to
mod.phpwith the default username and password combination: admin / password.
Please remember to change the administrator account password.
See also: Configuration Basics.
To upgrade from any version of Tinyboard or vichan:
git pull to update your files, if you used git, or
inc/instance-config.php, replace all your files in place
(don't remove boards etc.), then put
inc/instance-config.php back and
To migrate from a Kusaba X board, use http://github.com/vichan-devel/Tinyboard-Migration
If you find a bug, please report it.
If you need assistance with installing, configuring, or using lainchan, you may find support from a variety of sources:
- If you're unsure about how to enable or configure certain features, make
sure you have read the comments in
- You can join lainchan's IRC channel for support irc.freenode.net #lainchan
vichan, and by extension lainchan, is based on a Tinyboard, so both engines have very much in common. These links may be helpful for you as well:
- Tinyboard documentation can be found here.
There are a few command line interface tools, based on Tinyboard-Tools. These need
to be launched from a Unix shell account (SSH, or something). They are located in a
You actually don't need these tools for your imageboard functioning, they are aimed at the power users. You won't be able to run these from shared hosting accounts (i.e. all free web servers).
Wanting to have lainchan in your language? You can contribute your translations to vichan at this URL:
lainchan makes use of wPaint for oekaki. After you pull the repository, however, you will need to download wPaint separately using git's
submodule feature. Use the following commands:
git submodule init git submodule update
To enable oekaki, add all the scripts listed in
js/wpaint.js to your
inc/lib/webm/README.md for information about enabling webm.
lainchan provides by default a 4chan-compatible JSON API, just like vichan. For documentation on this, see: https://github.com/vichan-devel/vichan-API/ .