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    I'm looking for some bulletin board software for my company's website and it needs to be able to log a user into the forum using their credentials already supplied from when they logged into a members area of the website - to save them loggin in twice.

    Is this possible using vbulletin?

    e.g. Could I put a "log onto forum" button on my web page that takes their website user info and automatically logs them into the forum using the same username/password?

    Many Thanks


  • #2
    vBulletin does not handle external authentication at this time. This requires some custom programming on your part and a Bridge between your software and vBulletin. vBulletin does include*tools and APIs built into the software that allow you to synchronize your existing user records with the ones that vBulletin requires and would allow you to simulate a single sign-on procedure.*To do this you would use vBulletin's Data Managers.

    The data managers are able to handle all the structures and variable types within vBulletin. This is the most efficient way to handle synchronization because of the way that vBulletin handles logins and cookie based authentication for each user. It will also allow you to use vBulletin's session handling techniques since they are different than standard PHP sessions at this time.
    You can read about the Data Managers in our online documentation at:
    You can also see the entire vBulletin API at:

    Here is a tutorial on how to create a new user automatically:
    In that thread is are examples that you can use as a basis to handle logins within vBulletin transparently. There is other information available for including external files and classes in vBulletin available at as well.
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    Wayne Luke
    The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud demonstration site.
    vBulletin 5 API - Full / Mobile
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    • #3

      That's excellent

      Thank you for the quick reply, it sounds like it will do everything we need it to do


      • #4
        I have accounts in different vBulletin forums. I would like to write a Python script to log into my accounts automatically. Is it possible?


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