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XF 1.0 What Is Imported When Going from vBulletin to Xenforo?

Discussion in 'Installation, Upgrade, and Import Support' started by DRE, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Hi. Is there a list of what all is being imported from vbulletin 3/4 to Xenforo whenever we Import? I just need a list to see what will be converted over so that I can figure out what to do with the stuff that's left over, like tags for instance. I've been studying the import manual and do not see a list.

    Xenforo Import Manual


    I am currently preparing my vbulletin 4.1.7 site to be converted after I buy a license for that site.

    This is my list of steps to do so far.

    Installation Notes

    vBulletin 4.1.7

    1. Delete extra usergroups.
    2. Uninstall Modifications that have no equivalent in Xenforo.
    3. Move avatars and attachments from file systems to database.
    4. Delete arrowchat, reinstall after installing XF.

    Xenforo 1.1

    1. Create XF database.
    2. Buy XF License for Xenforo
    3. Install Xenforo
    4. Import vb4.1.7 to XF 1.04
    5. Install vb4 redirection scripts.
    6. Upgrade XF 1.04 to XF 1.1.03 Beta
    7. Convert credits from vBCredits to XFCredits
    8. Convert vb Blogs to XF Blogs. Add members old blogs.
    9. Install XFArcade and add games.
    10. Install XenMedio and add members old videos.
    11. Upgrade Photopost, drop vBulletin tables then integrate photopost with Xenforo.
    12. Install Arrowchat, integrate with Xenforo.
    13. Buy a wordpress integration add-on license. Integrate Xenforo with Wordpress.
    14. Install XFPorta for XF Forum Home. Add modules.
    15. Add XF Link directory, XenWiki and Events

    vBulletin 4 Importer

    After which use Import Redirection

    In conjunction with vBulletin 4 Redirection Script

    Only forums, threads, posts and attachments are redirected.
  2. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

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  3. MGSteve

    MGSteve Well-Known Member

    The chap who wrote the VB4 importer got a job working for vB - so as a "side effect" he couldn't spare the time to work on the importer. Someone else has picked up the gauntlet though and is writing a VB4 importer, so I don't expect it to be long before a 1.1 compatible importer is around.

    However, what you can do in the mean time is grab a copy of 1.04 - import vb4 into that and then upgrade to 1.1 beta 3.

    Edit: Which re-reading your post, is what you're doing anyway! d'oh.
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  4. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Thanks Jake! Too bad I can't convert Custom User Fields with Paul's importer. MGSteve, I would love to wait for that other guy's importer but he's taking too long and I'm in a hurry. I will have to manually add custom user fields and thread tags then.
  5. MGSteve

    MGSteve Well-Known Member

    Depending on your coding skills and how much they changed from vb3.8, you may be able to reuse the importer code from v3.8 anyway for the custom profile fields.

    At least they exist in XF now, even if the vb4 importer doesn't bring them over.
  6. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Nah I'm not a coder. I just know how to follow directions and improvise :p
  7. snoopy5

    snoopy5 Well-Known Member


    I have a question regarding this. I imported a vb 3.8x forum into XF1.13. In the vb forum, I had also albums. Thise did not get imported, which I knew already beforehand. This is fine with me. But if I look now in my oly directory of vb 3.8x, i do not see anyore the attachements there ( they have been stored outside of the db because they were too many).

    Is the XF import script moving the attachements to a different directory? If yes where? and where do I find in vb 3.8x directory the the jpegs of the vb albums?

  8. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Attachments failed in my import because they were done outside the system. I manually reuploaded people's attachments. What a nightmare.
  9. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The import doesn't touch the source data.

    Check the storage option for albums in vB's admin cp:

    Admin CP -> User Albums -> Album Picture Storage Type
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  10. snoopy5

    snoopy5 Well-Known Member

    o.k., it seems that these are still stored in the db. In the ACP it is checked: "Move pictures into the file system without direct access to thumbnails".

    Any idea how I do get these album pictures out of the db on to my local harddrive?
  11. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    For an import? The vB4 importer will read them from the db and write them as attachments in the file system using XenForo's own attachment storage system (which uses the file system).

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