XenForo 2 Administrator's Manual

This manual covers the basics of installing and upgrading XenForo as well as walking you through many of XenForo's concepts and features.


This manual specifically targets XenForo 2. If you are currently using XenForo 1, please see the XenForo 1 manual.

Automatic update checking and license validation

From version 2.1, XenForo periodically checks whether there is a new version available for your license and displays a message in the control panel when this happens.

It also checks the state of your license, notifying you if your access to updates and support has expired or if the installation URL does not match the URL provided in the customer area.

Searching the control panel

Much of the content and pages within the XenForo admin control panel can be found using the search system. If you are unsure where to find something, this is the first place to check.

The search system can be accessed by clicking the magnifying glass icon in the upper right and typing what you're looking for. Any matches will be displayed immediately.