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    Looks like the included converter doesn’t work for 3.3, or am I wrong? If not, when can I expect an update? Need this desperately!

    Robin W

    ok, this site is support for bbpress.

    phpBB is entirely different software


    Je n’ai pas trouvé l’objet de mon problème sur le forum et j’espère ne pas faire de doublon. Dans le cas contraire veuillez m’excuser.

    Je débute en tant que modératrice sur WordPress et j’ai du mettre à jour le php de mon site (hébergé sur IONOS et passé de 5.6 à 8.1). Tout fonctionne bien sur l’interface WordPress et sur le site ( mais un message d’erreur m’empêche d’accéder à la page du forum (

    J’ai essayé toutes les étapes de résolution de problème suggérées au début de ce sujet et rien n’a fonctionné. Auriez-vous une idée pour m’aider s’il vous plait ?


    bbPress is a popular forum software that is designed to integrate seamlessly with WordPress. While it is primarily intended to be used as a WordPress plugin, it is technically possible to install bbPress without WordPress. However, this is not a recommended or officially supported use case.

    bbPress relies on various WordPress functions, libraries, and database tables to function properly. Therefore, attempting to install bbPress as a standalone application without WordPress may lead to compatibility issues and limited functionality.

    Regarding the documentation for setting up bbPress without WordPress, it’s important to note that the official bbPress documentation primarily focuses on its usage as a WordPress plugin. Since installing bbPress without WordPress is not the recommended approach, there may not be official documentation specifically addressing this scenario.

    If you still want to proceed with installing bbPress without WordPress, you can try the following general steps:

    Download bbPress: Visit the official bbPress website ( and download the latest version of bbPress.

    Set up a web server: Install and configure a web server (such as Apache or Nginx) on your server or local machine.

    Set up PHP: Install PHP and configure it to work with your web server.

    Set up a MySQL database: Install and configure a MySQL database server. You will need to create a new database for bbPress and a user with appropriate privileges.

    Create the necessary directories: Create a directory on your server or local machine where you want to install bbPress.

    Extract bbPress: Extract the contents of the bbPress download package into the directory you created.

    Configure bbPress: Open the config.php file located in the bbPress directory and modify the database connection settings to match your MySQL setup.

    Set up the necessary tables: bbPress requires specific database tables to function correctly. You may need to manually create these tables using MySQL commands or import an existing schema if available.

    Configure your web server: Set up the necessary configuration directives in your web server to point to the bbPress installation directory.

    Access bbPress: Once you’ve completed the above steps, you should be able to access bbPress by visiting the appropriate URL in your web browser.

    It’s important to note that this process may require advanced technical knowledge and troubleshooting skills. Since this is not the intended use case for bbPress, you may encounter various compatibility issues or limitations along the way.

    If you’re looking to create a standalone forum application, there are other forum software options available that are specifically designed to work independently without relying on WordPress, such as phpBB or Discourse. It may be more suitable to explore those alternatives for your needs.


    We encountered a severe problem. A couple of weeks ago we converted our PHPBB forum to bbPress.
    The converted forum was doing all functions as expected. Since three days ago users who where already member on the PHPBB forum cannot login after renewing their password when they donot spell the nice-name correctly.
    Then they get the message: Warning: register_shutdown_function(): Invalid shutdown callback ‘BBP_Converter_DB::__destruct’ passed in E:\wamp64_bert\www\forum\wp-content\plugins\bbpress\includes\admin\classes\class-bbp-converter-db.php on line 35
    So far we have traced that it must have something to do with the information stored in the table usermeta with meta_key ‘_bbp_class’. When we remove that record the user can login as expected.

    The only change to the systems has been the update of WordPress. May be that has something to do with it. Our knowledge of debuging is rather limited so we need urgent advice on how to fix this problem.
    We have seen that similar problems have been reported in the past but no solution other then removing and reentering the user was mentioned. That is not a reel solution because the orignal name of the author is lost.

    Wo can provide us a solution or hint to solve our problem.

    Best regards,


    Hi, new to BBpress.

    I’ve noticed that there aren’t a lot of options regrading the customization of the forum, at least on the front end and you need to install additional plugins if you want to get more functionality or make things simpler to customize.

    My question is, are there any plugins that allow me to have features that are commonplace in other forum software, like who is online at the bottom, different icons for new/unread forums/posts.

    Essentially, I want to know what plugins are pretty much must haves for BBpress, I already have the BB style pack plugin which has helped immensely, but it’s still not enough. If there’s a tutorial out there to get all of the customization I’m after than I’d highly appreciate the help as well.

    I am using the latest version of wordpress and BBpress.
    The forum in question:

    Thanks in advance


    I know this is a pretty dead thread but as I recently encountered this I thought I would let people know my solution.

    I discovered that the import tool expects certain fields to exist in the profile_fields_data or phpbb. In my case I was missing pf_phpbb_aol, pf_phpbb_wlm, pf_phpbb_googleplus.

    I added each of these columns and the system started processing users without a problem.


    @Ricsca2 You made my day!
    It worked also for importing PHPBB 3.x to BBpress
    Thank you

    Hammy Havoc

    Hi Robin!

    Thank you very much for the reply, really appreciate it. :- )

    Around two years ago, I migrated from phpBB to bbPress, and it works great, just get this error via email (via Jetpack) 1-2 times per day around the same time each day. There shouldn’t be any kind of conversion going on anymore. Once migrated, you don’t need it anymore, right? Is there any way to disable it from running?

    Hammy Havoc


    I’m receiving this error 1-2 times per day like clockwork:

    Current plugin: bbPress (version 2.6.9)
    PHP version 8.1.6
    Error Details
    An error of type E_ERROR was caused in line 33 of the file /home/site/public_html/wp-content/plugins/bbpress/includes/admin/classes/class-bbp-converter-db.php. Error message: Uncaught TypeError: register_shutdown_function(): Argument #1 ($callback) must be a valid callback, class BBP_Converter_DB does not have a method "__destruct" in /home/site/public_html/wp-content/plugins/bbpress/includes/admin/classes/class-bbp-converter-db.php:33
    Stack trace:
    #0 /home/site/public_html/wp-content/plugins/bbpress/includes/admin/classes/class-bbp-converter-db.php(33): register_shutdown_function(Array)
    #1 /home/site/public_html/wp-content/plugins/bbpress/includes/admin/classes/class-bbp-converter-base.php(150): BBP_Converter_DB->__construct('site_db', '&9Ah58fa', 'site_db', 'localhost')
    #2 /home/site/public_html/wp-content/plugins/bbpress/includes/admin/classes/class-bbp-converter-base.php(104): BBP_Converter_Base->init()
    #3 /home/site/public_html/wp-content/plugins/bbpress/includes/admin/converters/phpBB.php(24): BBP_Converter_Base->__construct()
    #4 /home/site/public_html/wp-content/plugins/bbpress/includes/admin/tools/converter.php(94): phpBB->__construct()
    #5 /home/site/public_html/wp-content/plugins/bbpress/includes/users/functions.php(982): bbp_new_converter('phpBB')
    #6 /home/site/public_html/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php(307): bbp_user_maybe_convert_pass('')
    #7 /home/site/public_html/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php(331): WP_Hook->apply_filters('', Array)
    #8 /home/site/public_html/wp-includes/plugin.php(474): WP_Hook->do_action(Array)
    #9 /home/site/public_html/wp-content/plugins/bbpress/includes/core/sub-actions.php(265): do_action('bbp_login_form_...')
    #10 /home/site/public_html/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php(307): bbp_login_form_login('')
    #11 /home/site/public_html/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php(331): WP_Hook->apply_filters('', Array)
    #12 /home/site/public_html/wp-includes/plugin.php(474): WP_Hook->do_action(Array)
    #13 /home/site/public_html/wp-login.php(518): do_action('login_form_logi...')

    I totally get that you are not an author… Your bbp Style Pack is the first plugin I added to my install.

    My site is a gathering of sports fans. So we have a lot of threads that get very big. I do a few things since I just moved over from a phpBB board. I first took some topics that were several years old and had thousands of replies and first split them up. Only keeping the newer posts. Then took the older thread and put it in a holding area. Then I break them down in to smaller pieces so I can delete them. This is the part that is taking forever to do.

    This is sort of a first time clean up of the old phpBB board after I imported it to bbPress. So once I get through that, I can see a time where I am not deleting old threads as much.

    But for the long haul, I can see where I would regularly close threads and want to delete them. So I like how I can just put topics in a “holding” forum that only I can see. Then if you have a way through your plugin that I can enter a topic ID for deletion would work perfect!


    I would pay as well so long as the job were done right. If anyone is interested let me know. Both phpbb and bbpress are vanilla.



    Phpbb issues :



    Wondering what version of phpbb was current when the script was written. It might matter.

    As it stands now, this is a no go.



    Sometimes downgrading phpbb might work, have you tried this ?

    i will soon try invision to bbpress, but i’m afraid the last version of invision is not supported


    I am attempting to convert a PHPBB3 forum to BBPress. Obviously it is failing (thus this post). It seems to run, and did change the name of the the admin account on the PHPBB forum. However, the rest of the process is as such:

    Import Finished.
    17.No threaded replies to import
    16.No anonymous reply authors to import
    15.No replies to import
    14.No favorites to import
    13.No topic subscriptions to import
    12.No topic tags to import
    11.No closed topics to import
    10.No super stickies to import
    9.No stickies to import
    8.No anonymous topic authors to import
    7.No topics to import
    6.No forum subscriptions to import
    5.No forum parents to import
    4.No forums to import
    3.No passwords to clear
    2.No users to import
    1.Skipping sync-table clean-up
    Starting Import…
    Ready to go.

    What I am working with:

    PHPBB3 = 3.2.11
    BBPress = 2.6.9

    Neither the old forum nor the new have any mods installed. BBPress is a virgin install on a virgin install of WordPress.

    I am at a loss as to what to do next. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    If I end up with 2 similar posts, I apologize. I *think* my first post fell into the bitbucket, but if not it may appear as well.

    Thanks in advance for any help!



    I have about 89000 posts in forum phpBB
    I want import to bbPress but the script run and run and run without ever endling.
    I have params the timeout of php script to 3600sec and check the connexion to database.
    All is correct.

    I haven’t error message.
    How I can see the problem

    Ps : I have test CMS2CMS and the demo work fine but the price is little expensive for me.
    I don’t understand why the native doesn’t work.


    Hi all, i have been trying to import from my old Dragonfly site…
    I chose phpBB but not sure if it’s the correct one.

    When i run the import it goes through the 17 steps failing all 🙁

    Im using the latest version of WP 5.8.1
    Host is paid shared hosting on a LiteSpeed setup


    Hi there

    It’s the end of Sept 2021 and I’ve been trying to sort out an old PHPBB conversion to BBPress.
    WP: 5.8.1 and BBPress 2.6.6

    I can confirm I’ve done this seemingly successfully. It took a few tries but with this thread I’ve got it working.

    I just wanted to share what worked in 2021.

    1. I exported my old PHPBB database (.sql file) and then set up a new database on my current host and imported the PHPBB to it.
    This just simplified any server timeouts and other connection issues.

    2. I obviously had BBpress installed within WP, but the included PHPBB converter doesn’t work (why??) so copied two files from this thread.

    a. Firstly, I had the ‘annonymous user’ loop mentioned above so copied @davidmanch great code (a couple of comments above) into:
    This fixed the never ending loop but the built in converter didn’t import any users, so …

    b. I copied @a8bit excellent code (3 posts above this one) into:
    This added many more steps to the import which completed without errors. I’m thinking this code might also have fixed the annonymous user loop too but didn’t try it on it’s own?? I’d already change the code in a. above. If you do this, maybe just try this code only and see if it works.

    So, if you find this now, it does work (for me at least) so hopefully you don’t have to hunt around for solutions.

    The BBPress guys need to look at these two pieces of code and see why their packaged converter doesn’t work. It’s very frustrating and shouldn’t be left to users much smarter than me to fix … but I’m glad they did.



    Hello all,

    I have a question i am testing a migration from phpbb to bbpress. but now for a while i get a repeat of step 8, how long does this take? i have about 60 times step 8 now and counting.

    And i do not see any users from the original forum, i still have to do the repair as mentioned above to see if that works.


    Ran through a seemingly easy migration from phpBB v3.18 (php v7.3.23) into a new install of bbPress v2.6.6 and I’m immediately drawn to the fact that no attachments made it over. There are images showing from online services, but nothing that was directly attached to a post.

    Wondering if perhaps bbPress is looking for these in a certain spot and they’re located elsewhere (different table, etc).

    Can point me in the right direction to confirming this or somehow begin troubleshooting?

    Many thanks!!



    I tried in every way but I couldn’t …
    I have a large vbulletin forum that is no longer online that I would like to get back online and switch to bbpress.
    On-line I have found various articles that suggest switching first to phpbb and then to bbpress but nothing seems to work.
    I also found 2 sites that offer paid migration but the figure is very high.
    Is there anyone who could help me?
    I can also pay for something but since it is a forum that will have very few users, I cannot give much.


    Hi Guys, If someone is still having problems importing data due to looped ‘Converting anonymous topic authors’ AND if you don’t need anonymous topic authors at all then I found a solution (in my case: bbPress 2.6.6 importing from PHPbb)

    1) find this file: /wp-content/plugins/bbpress/includes/admin/classes/class-bbp-converter.php
    3) Replace the content of the file with this:
    4) Save and enjoy.

    Please remember, this will ignore anonymous topic authors so only use this solution if you don’t need them.

    I hope I could help. David


    Unfortunately, the importers give many problems and no one ever knows how to correct the bags.
    Try converting the forum to phpbb3 and then to bbpress


    Hi, I’m looking to create a site that mimics this site’s functionalities:

    So what I need is to be able to let people upload specific file types without being logged in.
    Listing all the files with whatever description/categories/tags and having the possibility for people to leave a rating, like a 5 stars style rating system, and leave comments.

    Or do I even need a BB type plugin to be able to do that?


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