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How to Install phpBB on Cloud Server

November 1, 2016

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PhpBB is an open source software which is commonly used to set up forums so that individuals or a group could stay in touch and discuss problems, issues, and thoughts. phpBB is written entirely in PHP and supports multiple DB engines for maintaining databases for posts, users, and settings. The best thing about phpBB is its easy setup and low maintenance requirements. In this article, I will describe how to install phpBB on Cloudways.

how to install phpbb

As always, the first step is to host a PHP server on Cloudways. For this Signup and create a server and application by following the steps in the GIF below:

php server cloudways

Now that the setup is done, go to the server panel and open SSH terminal.

cloudways Master Credentials

Setup Folders

Sign into the SSH terminal using the Master Credentials and go to the recently created application folder. Use the following command

$ cd application/your_app_folder/public_html

Now to install phpBB, I will first copy the required files in the application folder. For this, run the following command in terminal.

$ wget

This command will copy the master zip folder of phpBB to the web server. Unzip the folder by running the unzip command.


Once all files have been unzipped, a new folder, phpBB3 will appear in the folder.

Next, move to the Cloudways application panel and copy the application URL from the Application Access Detail panel.

phpbb application url

You need to add suffix phpBB3/install to the application URL. The final URL will be:

Once the link opens, the installation wizard of phpBB will start.

phpbb installation wizard

Click Proceed to next step and then on Start installation in the requirements section.

In the database section, enter the database credentials that are available at Application detail page. Next, click the proceed button. You should see a success message about database creation.

setup phpbb database configuration

The next step is the setup of Admin credentials. Enter username and password(s) in the administration section.

setup phpbb admin credentials

Click the proceed button and you should see a Test passed message for the admin credentials.

To finish the installation, just click on proceed buttons until you will see the congratulation message at the end. On the final page, click the login button and you will be redirected to the admin panel where you can create categories, manage users, and settings, and create and delete posts.

Launch the application in the browser and you can see a new forum that  is ready for a great community.

phpbb homepage


In this tutorial, I described how to install phpBB on cloud hosting using Cloudways platform. I hope you are able to follow the process without any problems. If you have any issues or would like to add to the conversation, please leave a comment below.

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Shahroze Nawaz

Shahroze is a PHP Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed PHP Hosting Platform. Besides his work life, he loves movies and travelling. You can email him at

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