SOLVED: How to Change the COPYRIGHT Line At the Bottom of a PHPBB 3.1 Site

This is a touchy subject because the good people that write PHPBB want to receive credit for their hard work… and I personally agree with that.  However, I wanted to add in my own Copyright and owner information on each page so and the easiest way to do that was to prepend my text to the PHPBB Copyright text.

The file you want to edit is:


and you want to change the


to what you want it to be.  Specifically, delete the words {CREDIT_LINE} and add in some new text.  In my case I used:

Owned and managed by <a href=””>Up & Running Technologies Inc.</a> of Calgary, Canada and powered by <a href=””>phpBB</a>&reg; Forum Software

Make sure you to go to the ADMINISTRATOR CONTROL PANEL > GENERAL tab > PURGE CACHE button, to clear the old cache, otherwise you will not see your changes when you click refresh on your browser.

You can see this fine work at


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    Melroy December 22, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Well you can also just add the following lines to your styles//template/ajax.js file:

    var copy = $(‘.copyright’).html();
    var link = copy.split(“”).pop();

    Or to remove everything from the footer (incl. the acp link). One liner solution in you javascript file again:


    Regards, Melroy

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      Melroy December 22, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      .split(“”) must contain a break line in html (br) between html brackets, but the comments blocks this.

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