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The beauty of phpBB 3.0 is that it is a free open-source software program. To help increase its brand awareness, phpBB tags its software with a line of copyright text at the bottom of the page reading 'Powered by phpBB' that also includes a link back to their main site. While it is not recommended, some administrators may want to remove this line of text. This article will describe the method of removing the 'Powered by phpBB' line for your website.

Note that by removing the Copyright and 'Powered by phpBB' lines, you will be ineligible for support on the phpBB forums.

Removing the Copyright and Powered by phpBB lines

  1. Log into your Administrative Control Panel.
  2. Once in the ACP, click on the Styles tab from the row of tabs at the top of the page.
  3. This leads you to the main Styles page. Look to the menu on the left and click on the Templates link under the Style Components category.
  4. From the Templates page, find the template you are currently using in the Installed templates category and click the Edit button to continue.
    select template to work on
  5. You are now on the Edit Template page. Click on the Template File dropdown, select overall_footer.html and click on the Select Template File button to open it.
    edit footer template file
  6. You can now see the code for the file below in an edit box. Scroll down until you find the the following code:
    <div class="copyright">
            <!-- IF TRANSLATION_INFO --><br />{TRANSLATION_INFO}<!-- ENDIF -->
            <!-- IF DEBUG_OUTPUT --><br />{DEBUG_OUTPUT}<!-- ENDIF -->
            <!-- IF U_ACP --><br /><strong><a href="/support/{U_ACP}">{L_ACP}</a></strong><!-- ENDIF -->
    Highlight and delete the {CREDIT_LINE} line of code.
  7. Click on the Submit button to save the changes you have made to the footer. To ensure the changes display immediately, be sure to go back to the Templates page and click the Refresh button for your template. Below is a before and after comparison to show you how the site looks when the Powered by phpBB line is removed.
    Before After
    site before brand removal site after brand removal
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2013-08-03 10:22 pm
Removing the copyright is disrespectful to the developers who invest their effort and time developing the software. I would personally vouch against doing this.
15,472 Points
2013-08-05 1:12 pm
Hello sayakb,

Thank you for your comment. We definitely recommend supporting the developers of any software you may use.

According to a support member on their official forum "You are free to use phpbb without the copyright notice in the footer because the GPL does not apply to the USE of software."

We provide this type of article to be helpful, since it is one of the most common questions we receive.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

2013-08-05 2:04 pm
Yes, and from the same topic:

Being a FOSS developer myself, I know what the meaning of a mere copyright means. And I know GPL does not control what happens to the output of the software, but it is fitting that we give the developers due credit of an application that we are using for free.

Sorry for being impolite here - and don't get me wrong, I am not saying it is the OP's fault either, but I don't understand why users need to be so selfish and arrogant to enjoy someone else's hard work but not have the due diligence of retaining one tiny line.
2013-11-12 11:05 pm
i hope you realize you are removing the ACP in the same like of code... go ahead and remove it and have problems getting into your ACP.
11,156 Points
2013-11-13 8:57 am
Per the instructions above, this is only removing the credit line and not the line that displayes the control panel. In our code example, we are simply showing what the code will look like and the next steps state what to specifically remove which does not include the control panel link.
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2014-03-20 8:46 pm
Excellent post. I was checking constantly this weblog and I am inspired! Very helpful info particularly the last phase :) I care for such info much. I used to be looking for this certain information for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.
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2014-05-24 5:25 am


I try to edit orginal copyrights with my own but every 4 days returning orginal copyrights why???

25,902 Points
2014-05-25 4:22 pm
Hello Aldin,

On our test server, this has not happened. The only thing I can think of is that there is some update setting active that updates the code every so often. If you installed via the Softaculous installer, check the Advanced options to see if there is an auto update setting that you can toggle.

We do recommend leaving the credit and copyrights to the programmers for two reasons. One it displays respect for them and two - without it you cannot receive any support on their forums.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
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2014-06-07 3:41 am

How can i disable automatic update??? Could you please explain in detail

25,902 Points
2014-06-09 1:51 pm
Hello Aldin,

Since your question did not have anything to do with this article, it has been moved to it's own question post. You can view it here.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
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2014-06-29 11:34 pm

Excellent article - thank you!

The reason I had to remove it had nothing to do with not giving credit where credit is due, instead, what I found was that scriptbots were looking for that specific line (powered by phpbb) and then using that text to identify sites to spam.

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2014-06-30 10:08 am
this is only removing the credit line and not the line that displayes the control panel. In our code example http://www.*******.com
25,902 Points
2014-06-30 10:59 am
Hello Simon,

Yes, that is correct. This article only goes over removing the credit line.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
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2014-07-18 3:10 am
It's already awesome, you don't need to improve it!!!
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2014-08-23 11:36 am

Pardon my ignorance. I lost the ACP while trying to remove the powered by PHPBB. Kindly help with necessary information on how to get it back

25,902 Points
2014-08-25 10:12 am
Hello Ademola,

Below is the original line, this should restore everything:
<div class="copyright">
<!-- IF DEBUG_OUTPUT --><br />{DEBUG_OUTPUT}<!-- ENDIF -->
<!-- IF U_ACP --><br /><strong><a href="/support/{U_ACP}">{L_ACP}</a></strong><!-- ENDIF -->

This should return your ACP link for you.
Simply remove the "{CREDIT_LINE}" portion to not display the 'Powered by' message.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-08-25 10:47 am

Hello Scot,

Thank you. This works perfectly.




Ademola Balogun

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2014-12-18 5:43 am

thank you for sharing

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2015-01-24 8:47 am

This is not working on phpBB 3.1.x if I try to delete the {CREDIT_LINE}



25,902 Points
2015-01-26 11:24 am
Hello Xantilyst,

It seems they have changed where that information is located. In testing, we discovered two files that contain the "Powered by" context. Within the /styles/prosilver/template folder (for the default template) they are in the ucp_pm_viewmessage_print.html (line 43) and the viewtopic_print.html (line 39)

Simply use HTML comments around the entire lines to remove them.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
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2015-01-26 12:32 pm

Never mind, by phpBB 3.1.x you need to delete the cache to see the changes

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2015-01-27 7:40 pm was perfect. I have been trying to remember how to do this function....I didn't know it was so easy until I read this article.
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2015-02-16 1:49 am

gracias eres el Master

Translated by Google: thanks you are the MASTER

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2015-03-27 9:19 pm

wow,, i need this code..

thanks man,, you're the real MVP :D

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