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SMF Import/Conversion

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by calum, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. calum

    calum New Member

    I am considering XenForo as a long-term solution to a pet forum that I run. It isn't too big, just 65,000 posts, but I really don't like SMF.

    Is there a converted for SMF->XenForo? If not, is this something that is likely to be available in the next year?

    If there is a converter, is it possible to convert from "SMF Gallery" to some sort of XenForo gallery? The gallery has 1300 photos taking up about 1000 Mb, the forum also has 2000 Mb of attachments.
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  3. imno007

    imno007 Well-Known Member

    Hi calum, as someone who is also looking at converting from smf, I've looked at that importer and wouldn't bother. It's old and unsupported and it appears that a lot of people run into problems with it. If I choose to go with Xenforo, I'll probably just import to a phpbb install and then import from that to Xenforo. As much of a hassle as it might be having to go that circuitous route, I strongly suspect it will be a lot less hassle than trying to use that outdated importer. My two cents.
  4. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I have done several SMF imports by way of vB. The system I use is very thorough but it doesn't include the gallery. Send me a PM if you are interested.
  5. 0ptima

    0ptima Well-Known Member

    XenForo has an awesome gallery addon called Xen Media Gallery. Unfortunately there are no importers (yet).
  6. ekoo

    ekoo New Member

    I just bought xenforo, based off of the fact that there's at least an unofficial SMF importer, however when I try to download the attachment in the thread you linked, I am told:

    Any ideas?
  7. borbole

    borbole Well-Known Member

    Have you associated your forum account with that of your client center? If you have, then try to log out and then log in again.
  8. ekoo

    ekoo New Member

    I didn't realize that was necessary, but I just associated it and logged out/in and still no luck. I also am not seeing any "customer forums" like they mention on the forum acct association page. Maybe it just takes time?
  9. borbole

    borbole Well-Known Member

    Probably. Give it some time and if the issue has not been solved then, you can open a ticket at your client center so one of the xen staff can investigate this for you.

    And welcome to xenforo btw :)
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  10. Andrej

    Andrej Well-Known Member

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  11. ekoo

    ekoo New Member

    Thanks! Yeah, I love the forum system, been using it on a few sites now and figured it was time to bite the bullet and upgrade my own forum. :D

    I'm now seeing the customer forums, but still no luck with the file. I'll give it a little while and see if it resolves itself.
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  12. ekoo

    ekoo New Member

  13. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You are showing as licensed now so should have access to all customer forums and resources.
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  14. ekoo

    ekoo New Member

    Confirmed. Sorry for the hassle, all. Nothing to see here, move along. ;)
  15. ekoo

    ekoo New Member

    Just to add, since it's relevant to the OP, the importer doesn't seem to work any longer. It installs properly (I verified this several times that I was installing correctly), however there is no "SMF" option of any sort in the External Import options after activating the addon. So, I'm assuming xenForo has changed enough since the importer was originally made to render it incompatible.

    As the developer of the addon said
    So, it looks like I'll have to run SMF through phpBB and then into xenForo. (edit: just ran the SMF > phpBB > xenForo conversion and it was pretty painless. Setting permissions looks like the only thing that's going to take a bit of time to sort out, but overall I'm really impressed with the xenForo converter!)
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2013
  16. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    Actually... if it was made for an earlier version, just download that version and install it, perform your upgrade from SMF then upgrade xenForo to the latest version (if that is an actual converter)
  17. imno007

    imno007 Well-Known Member


    I imported my SMF board through vBulletin 3.8, but if your experience is anything like mine you're going to end up with a lot of messy code after the import, quotes a scrambled mess, gibberish where you have apostrophes and ampersands and other punctuation, etc. Maybe someone here can give you some good advice for how to avoid most of that, I don't know. But if your experience mirrors my own, grab this addon by Kier, it saved me a lot of time and trouble cleaning up my import:


    Also, keep in mind that Xenforo's way of ordering nodes (forums) is not very good, to put it politely. It's been too long since I used phpBB, so I can't remember how it allows you to order your boards, but if there's an option to renumber them, then I recommend you do so before importing to Xenforo. But if you have relatively few boards, then don't worry about it.

    Finally, be aware that you won't be able to import your users' passwords, if you didn't already know, at least not using the default settings. If you have the money you might want to get someone here (Jake Bunce) to do the import for you, that way hopefully avoiding many of these issues.
  18. ekoo

    ekoo New Member

    Everything seemed to import fine, in terms of the forums and posts.. But you're saying that the passwords aren't transferred? Wow, I hadn't had that problem in the past... I guess I really should have read up a bit more on this prior to making the leap. What's the point of a conversion if that's not even possible. Beginning to regret the purchase. :(

    (edit: I mean, I love xenForo, but this is really going to be a nightmare for my users. I knew the conversion was going to be a nightmare... I guess I'll just have to use my license for another forum down the road.)
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2013
  19. imno007

    imno007 Well-Known Member

    Well, that's because you're having to go through another platform for the import. If it were one of the boards that Xenforo supported for a direct import, it wouldn't be a problem. I just ended up leaving my old smf forum up for a while, told members they would have to reset their passwords for Xenforo, but if they ran into any problems they could pm me on the old board and I'd get them sorted out. So that's an option - not ideal, but an option.


    By the way, I should maybe add that my members were appreciative enough after the move that their contributions in the first week paid for my license (and addon's) so hopefully you'll have a similar experience. (y)
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  20. ekoo

    ekoo New Member

    Yeah, I know, I guess I was just hopeful, heh. I want to use all the awesomeness of xenForo, but damn... I'll likely have to go with a staggered launch like you mentioned if I stick with it. Oh well, nothing worthwhile is usually ever easy. ;)
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