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Brief Description of the phpBB Digests

Sends customized email digests of forum posts to subscribers of a phpBB forums. Daily or weekly digests can be sent (monthly digests are a feature of the phpBB 3.x version).

An extension for phpBB 3.1 and 3.2 is in development and is in a release candidate state. Versions for phpBB 3.1 and higher are extensions. Versions for phpBB 2.x and 3.0.x are modifications. This modification is “lightweight” in that it does not heavily modify phpBB.

Detailed Description of phpBB Digests

Out of the box, the popular phpBB forum software does not provide the ability to send regular emails to users with summarized postings on a forum. phpBB expects that users will visit the phpBB forum regularly if they want to keep up with what is going on at the site or use the phpBB 3 Atom feed feature.

phpBB Digests are emails sent to users periodically with summary of postings made on a phpBB forum for discrete time periods. Digests makes some phpBB forum users’ lives easier. They don’t have to explicitly visit the site to see what conversations are going on around there. They just read their digest and if there is some topic that seems of interest, they click on the topic link in their email program and start participating! They can unsubscribe at any time. By default, weekly digests are sent on Sundays. The users determines the hour they want to receive the digest. Whatever time they choose, they will always get the latest news so they can pick a time that suits their lifestyle.

What time period is covered by the digest? Either 24 hours, 7 days or one month, depending on whether you selected a daily, weekly or monthly digest. Posts older than this will not be sent. In addition if you want you can elect not to see posts since you last logged in, if you visited recently. You can even filter out your own posts.

If a user does not want summaries of every post, they can be selective. They can pick the forum or forums that interests them. By default they will get posts for all forums that they are allowed to access.

Digests can be sent as emails containing HTML or plain text. Unless the user’s email program can’t handle HTML (very unusual these days) we suggest HTML. Frankly, text digests look pretty plain and are harder to use. That’s the nature of plain text. By default the user gets the entire post as text, but they can also select to see excerpts of each post or get a list of posts with links to each post.

Please note that each digest is unique, and may have different posts in it compared to another digest going out at the same hour. It may not be an appropriate digest solution for very large boards, very busy boards or for those who want to send bulk emails of all posts for a given time period, as it is designed for flexibility, not efficiency.

Professional installation available

Links to complete instructions for installing phpBB Digests are included in the archive. Digest extension and mod installation is available. If you prefer to have me install it for you professionally, see my services page.

Digests extension for phpBB 3.2 and 3.1



Release notes and discussion are on the phpBB topic.


  • 3.2.6 – February 19, 2018 – Works on phpBB 3.2 Rhea only
  • 3.2.6 (RC) – December 29, 2017 – Works on phpBB 3.2 Rhea only
  • 3.2.5 (RC) – December 22, 2017 – Works on phpBB 3.2 Rhea only
  • 3.2.4 (RC) – August 10, 2017 – Works on phpBB 3.2 Rhea only
  • 3.2.3 (RC) – May 16, 2017 – Works on phpBB 3.2 Rhea only
  • 3.2.2 (RC) – April 29, 2017 – Works on phpBB 3.2 Rhea only
  • 3.2.1 (RC) – April 26, 2017 – Works on phpBB 3.2 Rhea only
  • 3.2.0 (RC) – February 12, 2017 – Works on phpBB 3.2 Rhea only
  • 3.0.7 (RC) – November 28, 2016 – Works on phpBB 3.1 only
  • 3.0.6 (RC) – October 6, 2016 – Works on phpBB 3.1 only
  • 3.0.5 (RC) – July 23, 2016 – Works on phpBB 3.1 only
  • 3.0.4 (RC) – May 20, 2016 – while not yet approved, this version is ready for installation in a production environment, if you are willing to take the risk. It has been thoroughly tested by a number of independent testers. Follow instructions at the first post of this topic. Works on phpBB 3.1 only
  • 3.0.3 (RC) – May 13, 2016 – Works on phpBB 3.1 only
  • 3.0.2 (RC) – April 24, 2016 – Works on phpBB 3.1 only
  • 3.0.1 (Beta) – March 12, 2016 – Works on phpBB 3.1 only
  • 3.0.0 (Alpha) – January 18, 2016 – Works on phpBB 3.1 only

Language translations

Here are the known language translations for the digests extension. Since not all translations are current or available on GitHub, using a translation for a different version of the digests extension than you have installed may result in an inconsistent rendering and possible incorrect usage of the extension. Languages files need to be placed in /ext/phpbbservices/digests/language.

  • Czech (provided by Petr Hendl)
  • French (provided by Bonnaphil)
  • German (provided by Praggle)

If you have made a translation please email me a download link so I can reference it here.


Click on the images to tour the User Control Panel and Administration Control Panel for the digests extension.

Sample Digests (Version 3.2.6)

HTML Digest HTML digest, laid out in tables Plain HTML Digest Plain HTML Digest, laid out in tables Text digest

User Control Panel Interface (Version 3.2.6)

Administration Control Panel interface (Version 3.2.6)

General settings User default settings Edit subscribers Balance load Mass subscribe/unsubscribe Manually run the mailer Reset mailer



Digests modification for phpBB 3.0

This mod is an approved phpBB Mod. Topic on phpbb.com can be found here.


Use the phpbb.com Digests for phpBB 3.0 topic. Professional paid support for digests is also available. See my services page.



Click on the images to tour the User Control Panel and Administration Control Panel for phpBB Digests.

Click the following links to see a sample HTML digest, sample HTML classic digest and a sample text digest. What actually appears for HTML digests depends on the email program and how rigorously it adhereClick on the images to tour the User Control Panel and Administration Control Panel for phpBB Digests.s to XHTML and cascading style sheets.

User Control Panel Interface (Version 2.2.26)

Administration Control Panel Interface (Version 2.2.26)

General settings User default settingsEdit subscribers Balance loadMass subscribe/unsubscribe

Digests modification for phpBB 2.0


No support is provided anymore, however there is phpbb.com’s Digests for phpBB 2.0 topic that might be useful.


Last updated February 20, 2018

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