TurnKey Linux Virtual Appliance Library



Community Forum Solution

phpBB is used by millions, making it the most used Open Source forum solution in the world. phpBB incorporates a professional-quality modular design, high security, multiple-language interface and an extensive administration panel, which allows the customization of even the most intricate features.

Stable version: 14.1 (changelog)

This appliance includes all the standard features in TurnKey Core, and on top of that:

  • phpBB configurations:
    • Installed from package management. See /var/www for links to file paths.
    • Uploading of avatars is supported, and enabled by default.
    • Setup an example forum, including welcome post displaying default login credentials.
  • SSL support out of the box.
  • Adminer administration frontend for MySQL (listening on port

    12322 - uses SSL).

  • Postfix MTA (bound to localhost) to allow sending of email (e.g., password recovery, notifications).
  • Webmin modules for configuring Apache2, PHP and MySQL.
  • Note, you may not be able to access the moderator control panel if you delete all forums (e.g., the example forum). See this thread for details.

Usage details & Logging in for Administration

No default passwords: For security reasons there are no default passwords. All passwords are set at system initialization time.

Ignore SSL browser warning: browsers don't like self-signed SSL certificates, but this is the only kind that can be generated automatically without paying a commercial Certificate Authority.

Username for phpbb:

Login as username admin

Web - point your browser at either:

  1. - not encrypted so no browser warning
  2. - encrypted with self-signed SSL certificate

Username for database administration:

Login as MySQL username root at

  1. - Adminer database management web app
  2. MySQL command line tool:
    $ mysql --user root --password
    Enter password:
    Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
    Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

Username for OS system administration:

Login as root except on AWS marketplace which uses username admin.

  1. Point your browser to:
  2. Login with SSH client:
    ssh root@

    Special case for AWS marketplace:

    ssh admin@

* Replace with a valid IP or hostname.