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XenForo.com XenForo & Add-ons 2.3.0 Beta 7 Released (Unsupported)


Welcome to 2.3.0 Beta 7! Since our last release we have been mostly focusing again on bug fixes and stability, though we do have an interesting change to note related to multibyte strings, specifically URL romanization. If available, we now use the intl extension and perform a multi-layered process for normalizing and transliterating strings. This is now much more intelligent as it handles some special cases for certain locales (based on the default language of the forum).

We also have a new option for controlling the output of emojis in URLs. You can leave them URL encoded, remove them, or convert them to a string based on the emoji name. This also requires the intl extension. You can see an example of that in the URL below.

We recommend reading the following post for more information:

We have implemented some changes in Beta 7 to address a number of concerns surrounding romanization/transliteration of strings, some are reflected in this thread, others have been somewhat of an issue for some in different scenarios over time.

Let's address the issue in this thread first.

Our previous code was based on a solution we've been using in some way or another for many years. A lot of the code was trying to solve problems and edge cases that at one point didn't have a reasonable native solution. We unraveled a few of the more redundant bits of that code in Beta 6 but for the...
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We strongly recommend anyone testing 2.3 during this beta period upgrade as each beta version is released.

More specific details regarding bugs fixed in this release can be found in the resolved bugs forum.

This is beta software. It is not officially supported.
We do not recommend running it in production.

Please remember that this is beta software. It contains known bugs and incomplete functionality. We do not recommend running beta software in a production environment, and support is limited at this time to questions here on the community forums.

Add-ons and custom styles may be broken after upgrading to 2.3. You must test your add-ons thoroughly or look for updates. Be especially careful with add-ons that cover similar features to ones that are added to 2.3; these may conflict with the core XenForo data. If data conflicts are found, they will need to be resolved in a new add-on release or by removing the add-on before upgrading to 2.3.

If you choose to run beta software, it is your responsibility to ensure that you make a backup of your data. We recommend you do this before attempting an upgrade. If in doubt, always do a test upgrade on a copy of your production data.

All customers with active licenses may now download the new version from the customer area.

From the licensed customer area

Alongside the release of XenForo 2.3.0 Beta 7, we are also releasing updated versions of each of our official add-ons:
  • XenForo Media Gallery 2.3.0 Beta 7
  • XenForo Resource Manager 2.3.0 Beta 7
  • XenForo Enhanced Search 2.3.0 Beta 7
Customers with active licenses for these add-ons may download the new versions from their customer area.

From the licensed customer area

The following are minimum requirements:
  • PHP 7.2 or newer
  • MySQL 5.7 and newer
  • All of the add-ons listed here require XenForo 2.3.
  • Enhanced Search requires at least Elasticsearch 7.2
Note: Only the PHP version requirements have changed here. However, even if you're running PHP 7.2 we strongly recommend upgrading to PHP 8.3 at the earliest opportunity for improvements in speed, security and stability. We also recommend MySQL 8.0 (or equivalent).

Installation and upgrade instructions​

Full details for how to install and upgrade XenForo can be found in the XenForo manual. One-click upgrades from XF 2.2 are possible, but you must uncheck the "Only check for stable upgrades" option in Options > Basic board information. Once the XF 2.3 upgrade has been complete, the official add-ons should be upgraded as well.

Please remember that this is beta/preview software. It contains known bugs and incomplete functionality. We do not recommend or support running beta software in a production environment. Support for beta releases is limited to questions here on the community forums.
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