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django database models of phpBB3

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Django-phpBB3 provides the database models of a existing phpBB3 installation. This is usefull for all people who like to access the phpbb forum database from a django application. It’s not a phpBB clone or a forum!

Django-phpBB3 has also a script for migrate a phpBB3 forum into a DjangoBB forum. See below.

Warning: Write access to the original phpBB database is not tested, yet. So it’s not guaranteed that changes trough the django admin will work with phpBB3! So in the current state, access ‘read-only’ to the data ;)

Patches are welcome! Please send pull requests.

example projects

We add two example projects:

`django_phpBB3_project`_ minimal project without extra depencies
`phpBB2DjangoBB_project`_ DjangoBB example project which include the phpBB2DjangoBB migration command

test django-phpBB3

We added a test project for easy start in: /django_phpBB3_project/

Create a in /django_phpBB3_project/ At least you must setup DATABASES, e.g:

    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.mysql', # Add 'postgresql_psycopg2', 'mysql', 'sqlite3' or 'oracle'.
        'NAME': 'phpbb3', # Or path to database file if using sqlite3.
        'USER': 'phpbb3', # Not used with sqlite3.
        'PASSWORD': 'foo bar', # Not used with sqlite3.
        'HOST': '', # Set to empty string for localhost. Not used with sqlite3.
        'PORT': '', # Set to empty string for default. Not used with sqlite3.

optional settings, that you can change in your are:

# The prefix of the phpBB3 installation - default: u"phpbb3_"

You must create the django tables with: ./ syncdb and create a superuser.

You can startup a test server with, e.g:

./ runserver --traceback --insecure

migrate a phpBB3 installation to DjangoBB

The migration from phpBB3 to DjangoBB is implement as a migration command here: /django_phpBB3/management/commands/

To run the migration you can use the minimal phpBB2DjangoBB example project example. This project includes the DjangoBB forum app and django-phpBB3 app. Before start, you must install the dependencies!

You must add to a into /phpBB2DjangoBB_project/ this settings:

# filesystem path to the /files/ sub directory of the phpBB installation:
PHPBB_ATTACHMENT_PATH = "/path/to/phpBB/files/"

(You must also point the attachment directory from DjangoBB to a existing filesystem path.)

Run the migration with:

cd phpBB2DjangoBB_project
phpBB2DjangoBB_project$ ./ phpbb2djangobb



Add --cleanup_users=x to setup which users are migrate, where x is a number:

0 all users
1 users with email addresses (skip bots)
2 users with email and has a ‘lastvisit’ date (default)
3 email + lastvisit and has created at least one post

migration notes


Things that would not be transfered, yet:

  • Forum moderators
  • Category groups
  • sort of Category / Forum would not be converted to position number

Handling missing features in DjangoBB:

  • We transfer phpBB Users who are in the user group ADMINISTRATORS or GLOBAL_MODERATORS to all forum moderators.
  • global posts and announcement converted to normal sticky posts
  • sub forums would be flatten
  • ghost moved posts are ignored (only the moved post would be created)
  • ForumWatch are ignored


open questions

  • Are the phpBB times in phpbb_posts in UTC oder in local time from user?


  • v0.1.5 - 31.07.2012

  • v0.1.4 - 30.07.2012

  • v0.1.3 - 27.07.2012

    • catch error if a post can’t be migrated and continue migration
    • remove django_authopenid and django_messages from phpbb2djangobb project settings
    • nicer output while migrating with eta time
  • v0.1.2 - 27.07.2012

    • remove date from version string
    • add this histroy list ;)
  • v0.1.0 - 24.07.2012

    • migrate post subscriptions, too.
  • 23.07.2012

    • migrate phpBB3 file attachments, too.
    • bugfixes in bbcode cleanup
    • handle html entities in cleanup
  • 20.07.2012

    • bbcode cleanup contributed by nitely
  • 19.07.2012

    • start with phpBB3 migration command
  • 16.07.2012

    • project starts by Jens Diemer

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