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Upgrading Older Yabb Software Versions
Sep 24th, 2007 at 11:01pm
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Note: This article assumes your YaBB has no modifications installed or other edited core files. If you have, please see Moving a Modified YaBB
as these directions will not copy your mods over.

Preparing For the Conversion!

Before you begin the process, it would be a good idea to move your forum into Maintenance Mode. This will prevent regular users from adding new messages to your forum while you are moving. While you can leave your forum open, new messages may be lost.

Once you have entered Maintenance Mode, you must log into your server and make a copy of the following directories:


   * Boards
   * Messages
   * Members
   * Variables

   * Attachments (to be uploaded directly to yabbfiles/Attachment in New Forum) using binary mode transfer.

Setting Up

With your backups in hand, you can now begin to setup your new server. For simplicity and to guarantee you are running the most recent version of YaBB, we will install a clean version of the board. For server specific directions, please see Installation Category.

Please make sure that your new installation is working as expected before moving on to the final step. Failure to do so could put you at risk for data loss.

Uploading the Backup

The final step in the process is to upload the directories (using AscII mode) we downloaded from your old board and place the files in the new yabb2 convert/ folders.  If your new server is a Linux server, make sure the uploaded files have the correct chmod as per the Linux installation guide.

 Run covert by running ( will automatically run convert after being run once to setup the paths for a forum.

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