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XF 1.4 Recover Permanently Deleted threads


Active member
Is there a way to recover permanently deleted threads? Perhaps using a backup or an old dump? The course should not change the existing threads.


XenForo moderator
Staff member
You would need import the entire backup, which would overwrite the existing database.
Any content created since the backup was taken would be lost.


Well-known member
Your only option is to manually manipulate the database tables. You'd have to insert the appropriate records from the database backup into your production database.

This shouldn't be impossible but it will require some care since it could easily hose your install if done improperly. Depending on how important the thread(s) are you could contact someone like @Slavik or another user who provides XF services and pay them to do it for you. Otherwise, you could stand up a test instance of XF and a test database and start digging through the database tables yourself.