How to Use the vBulletin Tools in a .Php File


vBulletin allows you to create, edit and manage an online forum and community for your business or organization. An administrator username and password are required to monitor and maintain your forum through the online administrator dashboard. If your forum board unexpectedly goes offline or you become locked out of the Admin Control Panel, the tools.php file allows you to perform certain tasks to get your board back up and running.

  • Open the file and locate the “do_not_upload” folder.

  • Double-click the “do_not_upload” folder to access the “tools.php.”

  • Log in to the Web server hosting your vBulletin installation by using an FTP client.

  • Copy and paste the tools.php file to the “admincp” folder of vBulletin.

  • Launch any Web browser and navigate to Replace “” with the URL of your vBulletin site.

  • Make the necessary changes to your site using the vBulletin Tool page.

  • Delete the tools.php file from your vBulletin installation after you are done making changes.

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