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How To Install Invision Power Board (IPB)

First of all let us know what is Invision Power Board (popularly calles as IPB)?

Invision Power Board (IPB) is a multifunctional community forum software. It is written in PHP and requires a MySQL database. IPB is a paid forum software and can be purchased from it’s developers website by Clicking Here

How to install Invision Power Board (IPB) for your website?

Before you start using your IPB forum, you need to go through the installation process which is pretty simple even for a person who does not know coding and stuff.

Pre-installation Steps/Checks

Step 1: Database setup
You will have to create a MySQL Database and assign a MySQL User with full privileges to it (new or existing user).

To do this, go to your server’s control panel (cPanel, Kloxo etc) and search for MySQL Databases. I will not explain this step in detail as it is very easy, maybe I will detail the steps in another post in future.

Step 2: Upload Files

You may uncompress the distribution file of the software on your local computer and upload all the files from the upload folder in the directory where you would like the board to be installed OR upload the uncompressed files of the software through FTP to the location/directory you want the Board to be installed.

For example: If you want the board to be in a sub-domain like – you will have to create a folder named “forum” in the main directory and upload all the files in this sub-directory.

Invision Power Board (IPB) Installation Process

Open your browser and go to the directory where you uploaded the installation files. The address bar should read something similar to this:

**Make sure you add the /install/index.php at the end**


On the first step the installation script will check the system requirements. If All the necessarily system requirements for the correct functionality of Invision Power Board are met on the servers. You should click Next to proceed.


Here you have to read and agree with the license agreement. When ready, click on the Next button. The packages that will be isntalled are listed on the next page. You should click the Next button again.


You will be taken to the address details page. Normally the installation detects the settings automatically and you won’t have to change anything.


Click Next to proceed to the database details page.


In the fields for database name, SQL username and password you should enter the MySQL database, username and password you have created during the database setup. You can leave the table prefix to the default or change it per your preference. You can also leave the table type to the default – MYISAM.

Click Next to proceed.

On the next page you should fill in the details for the administrative account.


Click Next once again.

You are ready to complete the installation. Click on Start installation to proceed.


In the final step of the installation process you will be automatically redirected through a series of screens. On the last screen you will see a note “Installation complete!”


As a security measurement, I highly recommend you to delete the admin/install/index.php file.

Well done! You have successfully installed your IPB forum software! You can now access the administration backend for it and proceed with adjusting the desired settings fro your new forum. The admin area can be accessed at:

And the login will look as shown on the image below:


You must enter the admin login details you have chosen during the installation to login to the Admin Control Panel.

Hope this was a simple and easy guide on How to install Invision Power Board (IPB)

I will be coming up with more tutorials on IPB soon.

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