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How to install vBulletin 5 connect


Staff member
Jan 24, 2019

Recommend tools :
  • Notepad++ editor (I love it, its free click here to download it) (We will use it to edit configuration files )
  • FTP client (to upload vBulletin 5 files to your server)
    • if you're using Firefox you can use FireFTP plugin an awesome and also free Click here to download latest FireFTP plugin version
    • if you prefer a separate program and free use filezilla FTP client Click Here to download
Before we start you have to create a database and database user if you're using cPanel this video will help you how to create a new database

after creating database and database user with full privileges you need to save them to text file because we'll need them to make correct configuration files.

Installation Steps :
  1. Download vBulletin 5 connect ZIP file from members area (https://members.vbulletin.com/) If you have problems logging to your account, please contact support team.
  2. Extract the zip file
  3. Open upload directory rename config.php.bkp to config.php and open it (If you install notepad++ open open the file with it, Don't open it with WordPad) and Edit the following variable
$config['baseurl'] = 'http://www.yourdomain.com/folder';
Change http://www.yourdomain.com/folder with your domain and forum directory I.E here at vBulletin.com the domain is www.vbulletin.com and directory is forum so we'll set it to

$config['baseurl'] =  'http://www.vbulletin.com/forum';
This is the url and web path of your root vBulletin directory, These urls should NOT include a trailing slash at their end
  • Save config and close it
Open upload/core/includes and rename config.php.new to config.php then open it (If you install notepad++ open open the file with it, Don't open it with WordPad) and Edit the following variables
  • Change it 'forum' with the new created database name (if you're using cpanel don't forget to add your cPanel username and underscore before your database name I.E. vbulletin_forum if my cPanel username is vbulletin and created database name is forum)
$config['Database']['dbname'] = 'forum';
  • change it with your email address (Leave this blank to not send any emails when there is a database error.)
$config['Database']['technicalemail'] =  '[email protected]';
  • change them with the database username and password
$config['MasterServer']['username'] = 'root';
$config['MasterServer']['password'] = '';
  • On a few systems it may be necessary to input the full path to your forums directory for vBulletin to function normally. You can ignore this setting unless vBulletin tells you to fill this in. Do not include a trailing slash!
$config['Misc']['forumpath']  = '';
enter your forumpath, if you using cPanel and upload the vbulletin folder to public_html it will be ( /home/username/public_html/forum ) where username is your cPanel username and forum is the vbulletin 5 root directory.
  • Save config.php file
Now we've finished file edit and configurations. Now open your FTP client and create a new folder with your vBulletin5 root directory name I.E forum and upload all files and folder into it
After uploading files navigate to the install script if your domain name is vbulletin.com and vbulletin directory is forum it will be

Follow the installation wizard, When you done don't forget to delete install.php and makeconfig.php files from core/install directory.