At the time of writing, phpBB is the most popular open-source bulletin board software on the web. In this article, I will show you how to install phpBB on a Vultr server based on the One-Click LEMP application.
I assume that you have deployed a One-Click LEMP Vultr server instance from scratch and have logged in as root. Non-root users will need to use the
Step one: Create a database
The MySQL root password is saved on the app VPS in
/root/.my.cnf. Use the following command to print the password to your terminal.
Next, use the credentials displayed on the screen to log into MySQL.
mysql -u root -p
Configure a new MySQL database with the following commands. You may replace the database name
phpbb, the username
myusername, and the password
mypassword with your own ones.
create database phpbb; create user 'myusername'@'localhost' identified by 'mypassword'; grant all privileges on phpbb.* to 'myusername'@'localhost' identified by 'mypassword' with grant option; flush privileges; exit;
Step two: Download the phpBB package
At the time of writing, the latest version of phpBB is 3.1.4. Download and unzip the latest phpBB package to a user-friendly directory with the following commands.
wget http://www.phpbb.com/files/release/phpBB-3.1.4.tar.bz2 tar -jxvf phpBB-3.1.4.tar.bz2 mv phpBB3/ /usr/share/nginx/html/ cd /usr/share/nginx/html/ mv phpBB3/ forum/
Step three: Configure and install phpBB from your browser
Before the installation, you need to modify the default access permissions of
config.php to 777, or you will encounter a permission error.
chmod 0777 /usr/share/nginx/html/forum/config.php
http://[SERVER_IP]/forum/ in your browser. Substitute the
[SERVER_IP] with the IP address of your VPS.
Click the tab “INSTALL” to initialize the installation wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to configure phpBB.
On the step of “Requirements”, you will find that the default settings of Vultr One-Click LEMP meets the requirements of installation compatibility, all you need to do is to click the button “Start install”.
On the step of “Database settings”, you need to input database parameters as specified below.
Remember to replace the database name
phpbb, the database username
myusername, the database password
mypassword, and the table prefix
phpbb_ with your own ones. Leave other fields blank.
Database type: MySQL with MySQLi Extension Database name: phpbb Database username: myusername Database password: mypassword Database table prefix: phpbb_
On the page of “Administrator details”, input the administrator’s username, password and email address.
On the page of “Advanced settings”, just click the button “Proceed to next step”, as these settings can be altered later.
On the page of “Final stage”, click the button “login”, you will be logged in as administrator. You can choose whether or not to send statistical information.
Step four: Final security checks
On the “Welcome” page, the phpBB program will warn you to perform some security cleansing checks.
From your terminal window, delete the
rm -rf /usr/share/nginx/html/forum/install/
Modify the access permissions to the file
chmod 0640 /usr/share/nginx/html/forum/config.php
Refresh your phpBB page in the browser, the security warning will disappear.
That’s it. You have installed phpBB onto your Vultr VPS.
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