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Forum updated and migration from phpBB3 to SMF

Forum updated and migration from phpBB3 to SMF

Phpbb3_logo smf-logo

I’ve decide to go away from phpBB3 as applying mod is a joke, it require you to patch/edit php file manually while in SMF, it is a plugin.

Migrate your forums from phpBB3 to SMF

Download the converter convert.php at and save it in the root folder of a new SMF installation.

Backup your SMF/phpBB3 databases and files just in case something bad happen.

The conversion tools is really powerful and support luckily a huge list of forums:

  • AEF   1.0.x
  • Burning Board   2.3.x, 3.0.x
  • Burning Board Lite   2.0.x
  • Dragonfly CMS   9.2.x
  • Drupal   5.7, 6.2
  • e107   0.7.7
  • Fireboard   1.0.x
  • IPB   1.3.x, 2.0.x, 2.1.x,  2.2.x, 2.3.x
  • LDU   802
  • MyBB   1.2.x , 1.4.x
  • PHP-Fusion   6.x, 7.x
  • PHPKit   1.6.x
  • PHP-Nuke
  • phpBB    2.0.19+, phpBB3+
  • punBB   1.3
  • Seditio   1.2.x
  • SimpleBoard   1.0 & 1.0
  • Snitz Forums   3.4
  • THWBoard   3.0
  • Vanilla   1.1.x
  • vBulletin   3.5 3.6 3.7
  • wowBB   1.7
  • XMB   1.9.8
  • XOOPS & newBB 2   2.0
  • XOOPS & CBB 3   3.0
  • YaBB SE   1.5.4

Download the right convert SQL file from

Software: phpBB
Version: phpBB3+

then run

php convert.php –path_to=/srv/www/vhosts/forums/httpdocs/smf –path_from=/srv/www/vhosts/forums/httpdocs/phpbb3 –convert_script=phpbb3_to_smf.sql –db_pass=xxxxxxxxxxxxx –debug

About The Author

Cédric Walter

I worked with various Insurances companies across Switzerland on online applications handling billion premium volumes. I love to continuously spark my creativity in many different and challenging open-source projects fueled by my great passion for innovation and blockchain technology.In my technical role as a senior software engineer and Blockchain consultant, I help to define and implement innovative solutions in the scope of both blockchain and traditional products, solutions, and services. I can support the full spectrum of software development activities, starting from analyzing ideas and business cases and up to the production deployment of the solutions.I'm the Founder and CEO of Disruptr GmbH.