phpBB, which stands for “PHP Bulletin Board,” is an open-source internet forum software written in the PHP programming language. It allows users to create and manage online discussion forums where participants can post messages, engage in discussions, share files, and interact with each other. It provides a platform for communities to communicate, collaborate, and exchange information on various topics of interest.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install phpBB forum on Ubuntu 22.04.

Step 1 – Install LAMP Server

Before starting, you will need to install a LAMP server on your server. You can install it using the following command.

apt install apache2 mariadb-server php libapache2-mod-php php-gd php-curl openssl php-imagick php-intl php-json php-ldap php-common php-mbstring php-mysql php-imap php-sqlite3 php-net-ftp php-zip unzip php-pgsql php-ssh2 php-xml wget unzip -y

Once the LAMP server is installed, start and enable Apache and MariaDB services.

systemctl start apache2
systemctl start mariadb
systemctl enable apache2
systemctl enable mariadb

Step 2 – Create a Database for phpBB

phpBB uses MariaDB as a database backend, so you will need to create a database and user for phpBB.

First, connect to the MariaDB server console:


Next, create a database and user:

GRANT ALL ON phpdb.* to 'phpbb'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

Next, flush the privileges and exit from the MariaDB shell.


Step 3 – Install phpBB Ubuntu 22.04

First, visit the phpBB download page, copy the URL of the latest phpBB, and download it using the following command.


Once the download is completed, unzip the downloaded file using the following command.


Next, move the extracted directory to the Apache web root directory.

mv phpBB3 /var/www/html/phpbb

Next, set proper permissions and ownership.

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/phpbb
chmod -R 775 /var/www/html/phpbb

Step 4 – Create an Apache Virtual Host for phpBB

Next, you will need to create an Apache virtual host configuration file to host phpBB on the web.

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/phpbb.conf

Add the following configuration:

<VirtualHost *:80>
      ServerAdmin [email protected]
      DocumentRoot /var/www/html/phpbb

      <Directory /var/www/html/phpbb>
                Options FollowSymlinks
                AllowOverride All
                Require all granted

ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/phpbb_error.log
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/phpbb_access.log combined


Save the file, then activate the Apache virtual host and rewrite the module using the following command:

a2ensite phpbb
a2enmod rewrite

Finally, restart the Apache service to apply the changes.

systemctl restart apache2

Step 5 – Access phpBB Web Interface

Now, open your web browser and access the phpBB web interface using the URL You will see the phpBB overview page:

Click on the INSTALL tab. You will see the Installation Welcome page.

Click on Install. You will see the administration configuration page:

Provide your admin username and password and click on Submit. You will see the database configuration page.

Provide your database user, password, and database, and click on Submit. You will see the server configuration page:

Provide all the required details and click on Submit. You will see the email configuration page:

Provide all necessary configurations and click on Submit. You will see the board configuration page:

Provide your board name and description and click on Submit. You will see the following page:

Click on Take me to the ACP. You will be redirected to the phpBB dashboard.


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