The Kunena Team is excited to announce the release of Kunena 1.6, Release Candidate 3. This is the third and final RC release for Kunena 1.6 and is stable enough to be used on live production websites in limited usage (primarily for testing) as long as minor issues are tolerated during the time before it becomes a final release.

Since the second release candidate of Kunena 1.6, the Kunena team has been focused on fixing over 100 bugs and issues including CSS fixes, IE7 and IE8 compatibility, usability issues, API issues, html validation issues, new modules and plug-ins and updating languages translations.

Kunena 1.6 marks a major milestone for the Kunena Project. A long list of open source contributors have committed over 2500 changes and have helped make Kunena the leading forum solution for both Joomla 1.5 and 1.6. A long list of new features in addition to various optimizations and code restructuring have resulted in the most advanced version of Kunena to date.

We continue to put a big emphasis on usability and ease of installation. Therefore, the installer has been further enhanced to allow for multiple installation and upgrade options. It performs incremental steps to avoid timeouts on slower hosts. It automatically performs actions such as taking the forum offline during the installation or upgrade and re-enables it after completing the install.

Kunena now supports Joomla 1.6 style languages files that are backward compatible with Joomla 1.5. Multiple languages are included in the base install packages and more will be available soon. They can also be installed separately. Kunena 1.6 also support multiple languages to be installed on a single system and, together with Joomla, allows users to select their preferred language.

Templates have now been separated from the underlying code, which allows for version-independent template development. Templates can embed various options that can be set via the included template manager (e.g. avatar position on left, right, top, or bottom in the new default template, Blue Eagle).

The Kunena Team is fully committed to Joomla 1.6 and beyond and a number of modules have been developed to lay the groundwork for future releases of Joomla.

What is New?

The new features in Kunena 1.6 include:

Improved Language Support:

  • Included languages: Catalan, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Yugoslavian, new in RC3: Chinese, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Taiwanese, Vietnamese (more to come)
  • Uses standard Joomla 1.6 language files (backwards compatible with Joomla 1.5.x)
  • Added support for installable language packs (using the Joomla Installer)

New Kunena Template Manager:

  • Centralized template system with installable templates
  • New default template Blue Eagle
  • Example template included for use as a base when creating new templates
  • Template parameters that allow more freedom for template designers and site administrators
  • Added support for icon sets allows different button and icon variations

New Integrated Polls Feature:

  • Allow forum members to setup and participate in polls
  • Category specific: enable the feature from Category Manager
  • Global settings to modify the poll behavior
  • Migrate data from the Kunena 1.5 poll hack

Improved Topic and Post Moderation:

  • Ability to restore and purge deleted posts within the Trash Manager (backend)
  • Unapproved or deleted topics and posts can be seen in many views
  • Delete, restore and approve posts while reading topic
  • Simplified move, merge and split
  • Move current or newer posts into another category or (new) topic
  • Ability to move or delete all posts of a particular user (supports better spam management)
  • User profile access for moderators even if integrated with jomSocial, CB or others

New User Moderation Features:

  • Users can be banned directly from their profile
  • Ban only from the forum (= read only access) or from the entire website
  • Ban user for a limited time (ban from the forum only)
  • Allow moderators to share ban reasons and to write comments on it
  • Ban history and show all previous bans on the user's profile
  • List banned users in the Ban Manager on the moderator's profile page

New Posting and End User Features:

  • Multiple attachments support (AJAX-based)
  • Category subscriptions
  • New 'Thank you' system for thanking the poster for their message
  • Users can delete their own messages (configurable by time)
  • Anonymous Tipping: allow users to post topics in a defined category completely anonymously (no IP, no tracking, totally anonymous)
  • Google Maps integration - display basic maps inside of posts
  • New BBCode tags like [article], [attachment], [confidential], [map], [table] and others
  • Enhanced BBCode [quote] with reference to user and post
  • Selectable date/time format display options for all time displays and independent for tooltips (relative "ago" vs absolute)

Usability Improvements:

  • Improved RSS features
  • Color coded categories
  • Color coded usernames
  • Code highlighting with Geshi
  • Many improvements in administrator backend interface

Integration with Other Components:

  • New integration system that allows easy integration of avatars, profiles and user lists. login and registration, private messaging, activity notifications and basic access control
  • Integrations included: AlphaUserPoints, Community Builder, JomSocial and UddeIM

New Router and Menu System

  • Uses Joomla menus to navigate the Kunena component
  • Easy to build your own custom Kunena menus with Joomla's Menu Item Manager
  • Option to have categories located outside main forum
  • Automatic super-routing uses best matching menu item for each page

New Installer:

  • Step-by-step details of the installation process
  • Fully automatic migration from Kunena 1.0.x and 1.5.x
  • Migrate from FireBoard 1.0.0 - 1.0.5 without using external tools
  • If migration fails, restore from backup or try again
  • Option to cleanly uninstall Kunena 1.6 completely from your site

Other Changes:

  • Converted from jQuery to MooTools 1.2 for better compatibility
  • CSS and JavaScript minification using the YUI compressor for faster loading (disabled when debug is turned on)
  • Uses CSS sprites for faster loading and fewer server hits
  • Almost all code moved out of templates
  • Basic API for Joomla modules and plug-ins
  • Now uses #__kunena prefixed tables instead of #__fb
  • Use /media/kunena instead of /images/fbfiles for avatars and new attachments
  • Latest version checking
  • Basic Joomla 1.6 support

Remember that you can test Kunena 1.6 with Joomla 1.6, but the support is not yet complete. For example, the Kunena menu will not be generated and there are some features, that do not work yet in Joomla 1.6. Kunena 1.6 will be ready for Joomla 1.6 once a final version is released.

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haifa replied the topic:
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Nice sharing............
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VectorHero replied the topic:
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Where is this upgrade? When I go to download from the extensions page, there is only Kunena 1.6 RC2. I am needing RC3 in order to get any of my Kunena Modules to work. Help :)
Erwinsyah replied the topic:
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Yup... it's very good.. thanks...
fxstein replied the topic:
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PrometheusX wrote:

RedtopX wrote: is it possible to upgrade 1.5.x to 1.6 RC3 without uninstalling the old version?


need to know that too before i can arrange any kind of switching from my recent 1.5 stable version.
are there tutorials for migration or upgrading from later versions?
couldnt find specific stuff in the wiki or elsewhere.


Yes the Kunena installer will automatically migrate all past versions of Kunena directly to Kunena 1.6 without the need to uninstall anything. As always we recommend to take a backup and test any major version upgrade on a test site (even if locally on your own computer).

Hope this helps!
OnlineEnglishTeacher replied the topic:
13 years 7 months ago
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Is there an ETA for the finished version - thank you?
PrometheusX replied the topic:
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RedtopX wrote: is it possible to upgrade 1.5.x to 1.6 RC3 without uninstalling the old version?


need to know that too before i can arrange any kind of switching from my recent 1.5 stable version.
are there tutorials for migration or upgrading from later versions?
couldnt find specific stuff in the wiki or elsewhere.
RedtopX replied the topic:
13 years 7 months ago
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is it possible to upgrade 1.5.x to 1.6 RC3 without uninstalling the old version?
alialavian replied the topic:
13 years 8 months ago
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Good news and great job
Big thanks
try2know replied the topic:
13 years 8 months ago
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simply, this is the best
fxstein replied the topic:
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Hi,

Thank you for your kind words. Unfortunately we do not allow public links to adult content sites (in this case even without any visible Kunena forums). The links have been hidden from guests.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
daywalker0028 replied the topic:
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This is not only a great and stable forum, but it also integrates with CBsubs subscription billing manager. I installed it for my client (

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) and they are integrating alpha user points to reward participation with entertainment services and products. I recommend it to anyone daring to develop any kind of complex community functionality.
daywalker0028 replied the topic:
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I'm installing version 1.6 RC3 for my client (

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) is committed to raising the standards by which their community rewards forum participation. They've chosen kunena for their integration with cbSubs and what I hope is a seamless integration with alpha user poincts. I'm not sure whether cbSubs itself will integrate user points for kunena forum posts or if another plugin/module will be needed. But I've used kunena before and recommend it to all my clients.
re5980 replied the topic:
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download
Mortti replied the topic:
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I want to give BIG thanks to the entire development team !!!
There are people I would want to specify acknowledgments but I want to wait a stable version before that.

This was not an easy journey, even tester and translator point of view nor...

There will always be corrected, but I think the biggest has been corrected already (for Kunena and J! 1.5.20 "at the moment")

Thanks for all,

Sami/Mortti
scofield replied the topic:
13 years 8 months ago
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Please and translation in Romanian :D
fxstein replied the topic:
13 years 8 months ago
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Please use out Playground area for testing.
www.kunena.com/playground

This is the comment stream/discussion for articles and not a test thread.

Thank you!
markxcool replied the topic:
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looks amazing!
AndyInSpain replied the topic:
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Many thanks for improving an already fantastic product. Our users have given it a firm thumbs-up. Your hard work is much appreciated and at Science File (http:///www.sciencefile.org)we look forward to a brilliant future in website communication with Kunena. The sky truly does feel like the limit!
zomblaa replied the topic:
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Good news and great job
Big thanks
adminthptngochoi replied the topic:
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download now :D