p8pBB bridge light

Extremely lightweight and none-invasive careful integration of phpBB3 and Joomla!

Fast and elegant, no additional database queries are executed and no additional files are included except account-related actions.

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See also:
p8pBB bridge, p8pBB comments

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  • No hacks to Joomla! or phpBB3 is required. Only four Joomla library files are auto-updated but the changes are safe and does not affect normal Joomla behavior.
  • Synchronization of login/logout in phpBB to Joomla and vice verse.
  • Synchronization of registration in phpBB to Joomla and vice verse.
  • Synchronization of user delete in phpBB to Joomla and vice verse.
  • Synchronization of user delete/activate/deactivate in phpBB ACP to Joomla.
  • Synchronization of changing profile data (email and password) in phpBB to Joomla including language setting.
  • Synchronization of Joomla usergroups and phpBB groups changes.
  • Synchronization of Joomla custom user fields and phpBB custom profile fields changes.
  • Silent account transfer from phpBB to Joomla after logging in phpBB (Joomla! user logs in phpBB and new phpBB account is created from Joomla user account) and vice-verse.
  • Auto-creation of new user in phpBB if new/existing Joomla user is saved.
  • Restore phpBB password from Joomla on successful Joomla login and vice-verse.
  • Ability to reload parent window once user logs in or out, this helps with refreshing of Joomla page if phpBB is loaded inside iframe wrapper.
  • JComments avatars plugin.
  • English installation instructions.
  • Free installation on request.

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  • Joomla! 3.9.x or 4.x installed and working correctly.
  • phpBB 3.2.4+ installed and working correctly.
  • PHP 7
  • MySQL 5 with different database users for Joomla! and phpBB.
  • "mysqli" database drivers for both Joomla! and phpBB.
  • Joomla! and phpBB should be installed in same domain.
  • Joomla! should be installed in the root domain folder (i.e. http://site.com), phpBB should be installed and loaded in the first-level domain folder (i.e. http://site.com/phpBB3).
  • Joomla! and phpBB should be resolved from the same domain (note that site.com and www.site.com are different domains).
  • The price includes 1 year none-recurrent subscription. Downloads of product add-ons and new versions will be available within this subscription period.
  • We can't 100% guarantee that this product will work with any 3rd party Joomla! or phpBB add-ons and modifications and won't modify this extension or 3rd party Joomla! or phpBB add-ons for working together.


14 Jan 2020 - ver. 2.0.2:

  • Fix: phpBB 3.3.0 compatibility.

13 June 2019 - ver. 2.0.1:

  • Fix: Joomla 3.9.6 login/logout.

26 February 2019 - ver. 2.0.0:

  • Feature: JComments avatars plugin.
  • Fix: issue with Joomla>phpBB login on disabled forum.
  • Changes: Joomla 3.9 and phpBB 2.3 as minimum, PHP 7 as minimum.
  • Feature: synchronization of Joomla usergroups and phpBB groups changes.
  • Feature: synchronization of Joomla custom user fields and phpBB profile fields changes.

15 January 2017 - ver. 1.3.5:

  • Feature: phpBB 3.2 and Joomla 3.8 support
  • Note: this is the last version with Joomla 2.5 and phpBB 3.0 support.

26 October 2016 - ver. 1.3.4:

  • Fix: Joomla 3.6.4 compatibility.

26 August 2016 - ver. 1.3.3:

  • Fix: Joomla 3.6.2 compatibility.

25 July 2016 - ver. 1.3.2:

  • Feature: new phpBB user is auto-created once existing Joomla user profile is saved.
  • Fix: Joomla 3.6 compatibility.

10 June 2015 - ver. 1.3.1

  • Fix: some issues with PHP 5.3

02 February 2015:

  • Fix: no login to phpBB from Joomla if maximum login attempts is reached.
  • Fix: K2 compatibility.
  • Feature: auto-create new user in phpBB if existing Joomla user is saved.
  • Feature: restore phpBB password from Joomla on successful Joomla login.
  • Feature: phpBB 3.1 compatibility.

08 May 2014 - ver. 1.2.5

  • Fix: restoring password from phpBB for Joomla 3.3.

28 May 2013 - ver. 1.2.4

  • Improved login with SEO MOD installed

24 Apr 2013 - ver. 1.2.3

  • Added ability to reload parent frame once user logs in or our.

03 Feb 2013 - ver. 1.2.2

  • Fixed possible issue with ACP login error
  • Added synchronization of user activation/deactivation in phpBB ACP Inactive Users list to Joomla

10 Feb 2013 - ver. 1.2.1

  • added phpBB->Joomla user delete synchronization

16 Dec 2012 - ver. 1.2.0 for Joomla! 3

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