XenForo is a popular, paid forum. This guide will assume that you already have XenForo installed with a valid license (please keep in mind that XenForo is not free nor open-source, therefore, you need to purchase a license first). If you come across any problems related with the installation of XenForo please contact their support service.

Prepare Your Settings

In your auth project’s settings file, do the following:

  • Add 'allianceauth.services.modules.xenforo', to your INSTALLED_APPS list

  • Append the following to your local.py settings file:

# XenForo Configuration
XENFORO_ENDPOINT = 'example.com/api.php'
XENFORO_APIKEY   = 'yourapikey'


By default, XenForo does not support any kind of API, however, there is a third-party package called XenAPI which provides a simple REST interface by which we can access XenForo’s functions to create and edit users.

The installation of XenAPI is pretty straight forward. The only thing you need to do is to download the api.php from the official repository and upload it in the root folder of your XenForo installation. The final result should look like this: *forumswebsite.com/*api.php

Now that XenAPI is installed, the only thing left to do is to provide a key.



The settings you created earlier now need to be filled out.

XENFORO_ENDPOINT is the address to the API you added. No leading http://, but be sure to include the /api.php at the end.

XENFORO_DEFAULT_GROUP is the ID of the group in XenForo auth users will be added to. Unfortunately, XenAPI cannot create new groups, therefore, you have to create a group manually and then get its ID.

XENFORO_API_KEY is the API key value you set earlier.

Once these are entered, run migrations and restart Gunicorn and Celery.


To use this service, users will require some of the following.


Admin Site

Auth Site



Can Access the XenForo Service