FluxBB is  a free and open source forum CMS, it is a stand alone forum CMS that doesn’t require from its user to have any prior programming skills to start a forum. If you want to test installing and using FluxBB then this post is for you.

This post will present a step by step guide on how to install FluxBB for free on Cloud9 for development purposes, please note that it’s not advisable to install a Production version of the web application on Cloud9 as the free tier isn’t designed for that intended purpose. Now, and without further ado let’s dive into the tutorial.


First, you’ll need to sign-up for the free version of Cloud9.

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Step One

After signing up and confirming your email, you’ll be directed to your dashboard, just click on the “add workspace” plus sign.

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Step Two

You’ll be directed to a new window where you should set up your workspace, select the PHP option.

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Step Three

In the terminal type the following command to download the latest release of FluxBB;


Step Four

Now we need to unzip the downloaded file, so type the following command in the terminal;

unzip flu*

Step Five

Then you’ve to move the content of the unzipped file from their current folder to the main folder, in my case, move the files from “fluxbb-1.5.10” to “trial”.

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Step Six

Now, just click on the “Run Project” arrow, then click on the “Preview”, the installation window will appear in a browser like a side-window.

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Step Seven

In the first step of the installation wizard, you should enter the database credentials, Host Name “”, username “root”, and leave the password blank.

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Step Eight

In the second part of the first window of the installation wizard, you should create your login credentials; username, password, and email.

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Step Nine

In the final portion of the installation window, you should select your portal name and then hit the “Start Install” tab.

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Step Ten

The installation will proceed and you should be prompted by a message like the one below with a link to your portal.

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Step Eleven

After clicking on the link, you’ll be directed to the administrator panel where you can control your portal.

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Congratulations, now you have a fully functional installation of FluxBB portal on Cloud9. But, remember this installation should be for development only and not as a production copy.