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phpBB2 Importer
Mod Version: 1.00, by Nebula (Member) Nebula is offline
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vB Version: 2.2.x Rating: (6 votes - 4.67 average) Installs: 257
Released: 07 Apr 2002 Last Update: Never Downloads: 42
Not Supported Is in Beta Stage  

Heya everyone. This is a beta release of my importer that converts phpBB2 (RC4 or greater) into vBulletin. It should convert into vBulletin 2.2.0 or greater.

To install the script:[list=1][*]Download bbimport_phpbb2.php from this post (You can only download it if you have entered your username in the vBulletin Members Area, DO NOT PRIVATE MESSAGE ME ASKING ME TO SEND IT TO YOU!!)[*]Open your FTP program of choice, and upload it to the /importers directory in your vBulletin folder (You may need to create this folder if you have never run an importer before)[*]Log into your vBulletin Control Panel[*]On the left navigation pane, find the 'Import & Maintenance' section, and click on 'BB Import Systems'[*]In the page that loads, select 'phpBB2 RC4+', and click 'Begin Import'[*]Follow the instructions from there[/list=1]
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Old 19 Mar 2004, 18:28
phenomenon phenomenon is offline
Join Date: Aug 2003
Real name: Will
Nebula -- thank you so much for your time developing this. After reading the entire thread, I decided to not even try Jelsoft's converter and to just go with yours. With that said, here's my errors/problems to help further your development:

Based on phpBB 2.0.6 - vb 2.3.4. Databases on same server. I ran all utilities at end of install in the order written in the previous page (which is a diff order than they appear on that page -- that would be cool to change to match order they're supposed to be run in):

Rankings didn't transfer -- we had a bunch of custom rankings depending on number of posts, and that data didn't copy over.

Avatars that were images linked to other sites did not transfer. Avatars that were uploaded seemed to.

People who customized their signature all had [/siz] at the end of their signatures.

Admins didn't remain admins, except for the primary user who I opted to skip.

Question: Has anyone converted from phpBB to vb 2.3.4, then upgraded to vb 3.0 rc 4? I attempted this, and had a database error. I unfortunately didn't write it down (because I'm a chucklehead), so I'm not able to find out if it had anything to do with the conversion. I will probably wait for the final release of vb3 before I try again, as going through 80 pages of updates through all the betas and rc candidates really sucks.

Ok, thanks!
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Old 19 Mar 2004, 18:54
A-handreas A-handreas is offline
Join Date: Oct 2002

I had the same problems earlier before. Please read my post at Maybe do you have the same problems, I did deleted some tables - because the name 3 of them was the same as from the new vbulletin.

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Old 19 Mar 2004, 23:10
phenomenon phenomenon is offline
Join Date: Aug 2003
Real name: Will
oh... interesting ok. Thanks Andreas
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Old 09 Apr 2004, 18:11
Skyrunner Skyrunner is offline
Join Date: Apr 2004
i have a problem with this hack.
Ive installed vB2.3.5.

but i cant import my phpbb database.
following error:
Warning: main(../admin/bbimport.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /usr/virtualweb/xxx.20.113.142/html/fh/importers/bbimport_phpbb2.php on line 6

Fatal error: main(): Failed opening required '../admin/bbimport.php' (include_path='.:/usr/share/php') in /usr/virtualweb/xxx.20.113.142/html/fh/importers/bbimport_phpbb2.php on line 6

before somone ask me weather i have the files in the correct directory, they are _all_ in the right directories.

I think that this is the right directory, but it doesnt work...

can somebody help me?

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Old 16 Apr 2005, 14:58
TonTon TonTon is offline
Join Date: Apr 2003

i just installed vBulletin 3.0.7 and I currently have a phpBB 2.0.11

I want to convert the database, and I've downloaded the file you give in this thread and made a new folder 'importers' and upload the file in there.

It's not showing in my admin cp though?
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Old 16 Apr 2005, 15:10
Marco van Herwaarden Marco van Herwaarden is offline
Join Date: Jul 2004

This hack was for vB2. You are running vB 3.0.7, this hack will do you no good, on the contrary.

To migrate your phpBB better use the ImpEx utility you can download from your member area.
Marco van Herwaarden
Ex Coordinator
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Old 17 Apr 2005, 12:39
TonTon TonTon is offline
Join Date: Apr 2003
Oh, I hadn't noticed this was for vB2

Ok thanks.

Last edited by TonTon; 17 Apr 2005 at 12:55.
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Old 01 Dec 2007, 20:59
Sevo Sevo is offline
Join Date: Nov 2007
this may be a dumb question but i cant find it in my admin CP pannel. I created an "importer" folder and uploaded the file but it is not showing on the left hand control pannel?? any ideas why? sorry for the newb question
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Old 02 Dec 2007, 11:34
Marco van Herwaarden Marco van Herwaarden is offline
Join Date: Jul 2004
This is an old importer created to work with vBulletin 2.

Unless you are using vBulletin 2, i suggest you have a look at ImpEx instead, which can be downloaded from the Members' Area.
Marco van Herwaarden
Ex Coordinator
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