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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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