Installing SMF 2.0
You can download the 2.0 version of the Simple Machines Forum
(SMF) software from
. After you've placed the
software on your server and extracted the files to an appropriate
directory (you can use
tar -zxvf smf_2-0-rc4_install.tar.gz
on a Linux system, if you downloaded the .tar.gz 2.0 RC4 file),
you can commence the installation process.
Next, point your browser to the name of the domain and the directory where the
forum software was extracted and put
install.php at the end of
the URL, e.g.
At the first step of the installation process a welcome screen appears.
You should see "We've completed some initial tests on your server and
everything appears to be in order. Simply click the "Continue" button below to
get started." Click on the Continue button.
The next step is the Writable Check. You will be informed
of which files should be writable. The installation script will attempt to
make the changes for you.
Some files need to be writable for SMF to work properly. This step allows you
to let the installer make them writable for you. However, in some cases it
won't work - in that case, please make the following files 777 (writable, 755
on some hosts):
You will be prompted for the FTP userid and password. This installer
can connect via FTP to fix the files that need to be writable and are
not. If this doesn't work for you, you will have to go in manually
and make the files writable. Please note that this doesn't support SSL
The Install Path should be the relative path in relation
to the FTP login directory, e.g.
public_html/forum if you
forum directory directly under your public HTML
Click on the Connect button.
You will next be prompted for the userid and password to connect to
the database where your SMF tables will be created. E.g., this could be
your MySQL userid and password, which might or might not be the same
as your FTP userid and password. You will also need to provide the
database name for your account and any table prefix you wish to use
for the forum. Keep in mind that if you wish to have multiple forums
supported by the database, you need to have a unique table prefix for
each one. Once you've completed the fields, click on Continue
At the Forum Settings screen, provide the name you
wish to use for the forum. The other default values may already be fine.
Change them, if not. Click on Continue.
- Next you should see the Populated Database screen and
something like the following:
Your settings have now been saved and the database has been populated with all
the data required to get your forum up and running. Summary of population:
- Created 63 tables.
- Inserted 779 rows.
Click on Continue
You will next be asked to create an administrator account for the forum.
You need to provide a username, password, and email address for the
account. You will need to provide the password that grants access to
your database as well (you need that before even installing SMF).
Click on Continue when you've completed the fields
on this page.
At the last step, you should see Congratulations,
the installation process is complete! Make sure you check
the box next to Click here to delete this install.php file now.
You don't want someone reinstalling your forum software.
Just checking the box will delete the file.
You can then access your forum, e.g.
http://example.com/forum, if your domain name was
example.com and you installed it in a directory named
forum underneat your public HTML directory.
SMF Packages Not Installing
On two Simple Machines Forum (SMF)
forums, whenever I tried to install a package, I would see a message that
the package installed successfully, but whenever I checked Installed
, I would see "No mods currently installed".
I would click on Browse Packages, then click on Apply
In some cases, if there was no
I would see the message below:
An Error Has Occured!
You cannot download or install new packages because the Packages directory or
one of the files in it are not writable!
If I created the
temp directory and gave it permissions
of 777 with
mkdir temp; chmod 777 temp, I would be able
to click on Apply Mod and see the Installation Readme
page where I could click on Install Now. I would then see
a message that I would be redirected to the application's configuration page,
if it had one, but I would instead just be redirected to the forum's main page
or, if the package didn't have a configuration page, I would see the message
The package was installed successfully. You should now be able to use whatever
functionality it adds or changes; or not be able to use functionality it
But when I would check Installed Packages afterwards, the package
would never be there.
When I checked the Forum Error Log which is under the Admin
link for the forum, I would see lots of entries similar to the following:
fopen(/home/jdoe/example/forum/Sources/ManagePermissions.php) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: Permission denied
Some entries might have
gzwrite instead of
2: gzwrite(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource
Under Download Packages
for FTP Information Required
I saw "To download packages, the Packages directory and files in it need to be
writable - and they are not currently. The package manager can use your FTP
information to fix this." I put in the FTP username, password, and forum
information. I replaced "/forum" with the full path to the forum in the
Local path to SMF
"/home/jdoe/example/forum". The message went away when I tested the settings.
I was then able to select a package from beneath Browse Packages,
choose Apply Mod, then Install Now and then see the package
appear when I checked Installed Packages.
Adding httpBL to Block Forum Spammers
There is a Simple Machines Forum
, that can help you combat forum spammers. This mod uses the
http:BL API from
Project Honey Pot
to stop spammers from accesing your forum. The mod
is completely compatible with M-DVD's
. You can have both mods installed or only one of them to stop the
spammers in your forum, but I would recommend you use both.
The developer of the httpBL module describes the differences between
the two modules as follows:
- MOD Stop Spammer checks
the database from Stop Forum Spam
while MOD httpBL checks the database from
Project Honey Pot. A lot of spammers are already in both databases,
but some spammers are only in one of them, so it won't be a bad idea
anyway to check both databases.
- MOD Stop Spammer cheks if the visitor is a spammer when
they try to register inside the forum while MOD httpBL
checks them as soon as they arrive to the forum and redirect them
to a file called warning.php making the whole site
invisible to them. This way even harvesters (robots that never
post in a forum, but search for email addresses to send them spam
later) and any other kind of malicious web robots cannot even see
any part of the site.
As recommended on the
httpBL mod webpage, you should read the well-written
tutorial prior to installing the module.
There are some steps you need to take prior to using the module as is
explained in the tutorial.
Once you've taken the above steps, you can install the
httpBL module the way you normally would install an SMF module.
E.g., you could take the following steps to install it after you
the httpBL module.
- Log into your SMF forum with an administrator account.
- Click on Admin.
- Click on Packages.
- Click on Download Packages.
- Under Upload a Package, click on the Browse button
to browse to where you've downloaded the module then click on the
Upload button once you've selected the zip file you downloaded.
- To the right of the module name, which is httpBL, you will
see an Apply Mod link; click on it.
- You will then see the installation readme file. Click on the
Install Now button at the bottom of the page. Provide the
password for the administrator account, if prompted. You should then
be taken to a forum webpage where you can configure http:BL. If
you need to reconfigure it later, you should see the option
Mod httpBL listed under Members when you click
Note: if you aren't using the default theme, you may need to edit
index.template.php manually as explained in the
Upgrading SMF from Version 1.1.11 to 1.11.12
I was able to upgrade two
Simple Machines Forum (SMF)
forums from version 1.1.11 to version 1.1.12
without problem, but encountered a problem with a third forum.
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