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 Post subject: CMSMS & PHPBB Forum Session Sharing
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:12 am 
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Hi guys i was building a project where the main domain shares the same header menu with a phpbb forum located at a subdomain. Similar to cmsms site and forum.

CMSMS v2.2.12
PHPBB v3.2.7

phpbb has some tutorials on how to get the user session and display it into a template:
define('IN_PHPBB', true);
$phpbb_root_path = (defined('PHPBB_ROOT_PATH')) ? PHPBB_ROOT_PATH : '../';
$phpEx = substr(strrchr(__FILE__, '.'), 1);
include($phpbb_root_path . 'common.' . $phpEx);
global $template;
page_header('Login Bar');
    'body' => 'top_bar.tpl',

The problem i was facing was functions conflict when "include" in my custom function or in my custom module.

The way i worked around this problem was getting the user's cookie and creating my own database query:

$cookie = $_COOKIE["v2_btg_forum_sid"];
if( !$cookie ) exit;
$db = new conn_forum; //database connection to your forum
$sql = "SELECT s.session_id, s.session_ip, s.session_user_id, u.user_type, u.username, u.user_last_privmsg FROM phpbb_sessions s
LEFT JOIN phpbb_users u ON s.session_user_id = u.user_id
WHERE session_id = '".$cookie."'";

    while($row = mysqli_fetch_assoc($result)){
        $privmsgs = privmsgs($db,$row['session_user_id']);
        $session = array(
                            'session_id'=> $row['session_id'],
                            'session_user_id'=> $row['session_user_id'],
                            'username'=> $row['username'],
                            'session_ip'=> $row['session_ip'],
                            'pm_new' => $privmsgs['pm_new'],
                            'pm_unread' => $privmsgs['pm_unread'],
                            'user_type' => $row['user_type']

if($session['session_user_id'] > 1){
    $tpl = $smarty->CreateTemplate($this->GetTemplateResource('login_bar.tpl'),null,null,$smarty);

    $tpl->assign('U_PROFILE', 'https://'.FORUM_DOMAIN . '/ucp.php');
    $tpl->assign('U_BOOKMARK', 'https://'.FORUM_DOMAIN . '/ucp.php?i=main&mode=bookmarks');
    $tpl->assign('U_LOGIN_LOGOUT', 'https://'.FORUM_DOMAIN . '/ucp.php?mode=logout&sid='.$cookie);
    $tpl->assign('U_PRIVATEMSGS', 'https://'.FORUM_DOMAIN . '/ucp.php?i=pm&folder=inbox');

    if($session['pm_unread'] > 0) {

    //echo json_encode($session);

function privmsgs($db,$uid){
    $sql = "SELECT sum(pm_new) AS pm_new,sum(pm_unread) AS pm_unread FROM phpbb_privmsgs_to WHERE user_id = $uid";
    while($row = mysqli_fetch_assoc($result)){
        $array = array('pm_new'=> $row['pm_new'], 'pm_unread'=> $row['pm_unread']);
    return $array;

This will provide you with the data, you then need to attache the login_bar.tpl template and process the variables.
Hope this helps.

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