I want to import my current phpbb to the demo

Is that doable? I want to see how it works. I cant spend 140.00 and not be able to see it work. too expensive right now.


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Unfortunately importing to the demo is not available.

You could look at hiring someone with a license to do a test import for you?


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Hello guys, I'm very interested in your tests because I'd like to buy the forum but I don't want to loose my phpbb forum history..

Is it working ? I mean, do you keep the member informations (and do they keep their profile and login informations).
Do you keep the boards layout, the posts ?

Thanks a lot for your answers in advance !



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xF can import all data from phpBB, posts, profiles etc. Even the friend feature in phpBB is converted to followers in xF, passwords also remain the same.

I am not sure what you mean about layout, if you mean the forums, then yes, if you mean the style / theme, then no.


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Yeah @MagnusB I mean the boards and how they are structured with subforums and such.

I understand that themes aren't imported ;)

While you're watching, do the security and groups import aswel ? privacy on certain boards ?

Thanks in advance !



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Just to reiterate MagnusB's point: I've done test imports of my phpBB forum several times without any trouble - it's easily the best convertor from phpBB in the business, as far as I can tell. I also had to play with the permissions and user-groups a bit due to XF doing it slightly differently and a clumsy phpBB setup, but it was literally a ten minute job to do both forums and users, if that.


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And do I need an external plug in or something to import my phpbb forum.
Sorry for the dumb questions but I really want to be sure..

Thanks Teapot.


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I've bought Xenforo :)

I want to import my phpBB into my new installation, problem is that they aren't on the same database for now..
And it seems that I need to be on the same database..

Can you help me ?

Thanks in advance,



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Got it working so far but can't find the avatar and attachments directory, keep getting an error :X3:

  • The attachments directory could not be found.
  • The avatars directory could not be found.
Here is how my folders look like :