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phpBB QuickInstall

phpBB QuickInstall is a tool used to manage multiple phpBB3 installations. You can quickly install phpBB 3.2.x, 3.1.x and 3.0.x boards with a single mouse click.

QuickInstall is not intended for use on a live server. It is aimed at users developing extensions and modifications for phpBB. QuickInstall can set up new phpBB boards to develop and test extensions or MODs in without having to worry about conflicts. If you insist on using QuickInstall on a public server, make sure to protect the folder where it is. No support is given for QuickInstall other than local use.

Installation & Setup

  1. Copy the QuickInstall folder to your local web server. Make sure boards/, cache/ and settings/ are writable by your web server. You can move boards and cache to other locations after the initial setup if you wish.

  2. Download a copy of phpBB 3.2.x, 3.1.x or 3.0.x, extract it and copy the phpBB3 folder into sources/. Choose the version you do the most work with, for your own convenience.

  3. Point your browser to the QuickInstall folder (e.g., https://localhost/quickinstall). You should be taken directly to the "Install QuickInstall" page. Some default values will already be filled in but you should add your database connection settings. Click "Save" once you have configured all the settings to your liking and you are good to go. If you don't set a profile name, the name "default" will be used.

In sources/phpBB3_alt/ you can store additional versions of phpBB, or boards with other styles or language files. You can name them whatever you want to make it easier to recognize them when you create boards. e.g., sources/phpBB3_alt/phpBB-3.0.12, sources/phpBB3_alt/phpBB-sv, etc.

If you want additional files/folders to be copied to your boards when they are created (i.e., extensions), you can put them in the sources/extra/ folder. By using the same folder structure in sources/extra/ as phpBB, the files/folders should be mapped to the correct locations in your boards.

If you want to use phpBB 3.0.x with AutoMOD you will also need to download AutoMOD. Unzip AutoMOD and copy the contents of the root or upload folder, depending on the AutoMOD version, to sources/automod/.

A Note About Passwords

QuickInstall stores all passwords in a plain text file. They are hidden in the user interface, but can be read by anyone with access to the QuickInstall folder.


  • Download the latest QuickInstall and unzip it. Copy everything into your QuickInstall folder except for the boards/, sources/ and settings/ folders.

Upgrading from QuickInstall 1.1.8 or older?

  • Download the latest QuickInstall and unzip it. Copy everything into your QuickInstall folder except for the boards/, sources/ and settings/ folders.

  • If upgrading from QuickInstall 1.1.8, point your browser to the Profiles page, make sure the settings are in order and click "Save".

  • If upgrading from QuickInstall earlier than 1.1.8, make sure the new settings/ folder is writable by PHP and point your browser to your QuickInstall folder. QuickInstall will convert your old qi_config.cfg to a settings profile named "default". Make sure the settings are in order and click "Save".

Support and Bugs

You can receive support at phpBB3 QuickInstall Discussion/Support.

Please report all bugs to our Issues Tracker. Even reports for small bugs are welcome to help make QuickInstall even better than it is now.


phpBB QuickInstall is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License 2 (GPL).

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