MyBB Documentation

Config Settings

The 1.6 Documentation is no longer maintained and some information may be outdated.

The MyBB 1.6 series reached end of life on October 1, 2015.

This means there will be no more security or maintenance releases for these series and forums running these versions of MyBB may be at risk of unfixed security issues. All administrators are strongly encouraged to upgrade their forums to the latest release of MyBB as soon as possible.

Configuration: Settings

The Settings section allow you to manage all of the general settings for your board, as well as add your own groups and individual settings.


MyBB comes with many settings by default, configuring the various features of your forum. All of these settings are detailed in the Admin CP: Board Settings article.

Configuration: Change Settings

This is the main page under the Settings section. From here, you can access each group of settings, see a description for each group, and see the number of settings inside each group.

When selecting a group of settings to edit, you will be presented with the list of settings available under that group, and you can change this at will. Certain settings will only be shown when other settings are set to yes, no, or a specific value. That is, only settings relevant to the selections you have made will be displayed - settings that only apply when another setting is set to "yes," for instance, will be hidden until the setting is set as needed. These hidden settings will appear instantly when making a change necessary to display the setting. Javascript is required to be on to use this feature; otherwise, all settings are shown.

From the settings group listing page, you can also show all settings at once by clicking on the "Show All Settings" link at the top of the settings table. Settings will be divided into their groups, with the ability to submit the changes at the bottom of each group.

You can also search for settings from the settings listing page. Simply enter the terms you would like to search for, click "Go," and your results will be loaded instantly. Again, the results will be divided into their corresponding groups. You can change your search at any time by changing the text and clicking on "Go." AJAX is used to load the results without reloading the entire page. However, you can search for settings with javascript disabled.

Configuration: Add New Setting
Name for the setting.
A description of the function of the setting; to be displayed when editing settings.
Group the setting will be placed into.
Display Order 
Placement of setting in relation to other settings in the same group.
Unique string to reference this setting.
Type of data this setting will store.
If setting is a select, radio or check box enter the list of items to show, in form of (key=Item). Separate items with a new line. If PHP, enter the PHP to be evaluated.
Value to be stored for the setting.

Some of these settings will only be displayed based on the "Type" selection you have made, if javascript is enabled.

Configuration: Add New Setting Group
Name for the group of settings.
Description of the group; to be displayed on the groups listing page.
Display Order 
Placement of setting in relation to other settings in the same group.
Unique string to reference this group.
Configuration: Modify Settings

This page lists all settings and groups and allows you to quickly reorder the settings and groups in relation to the other settings and groups. You can also edit any custom settings or groups.

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