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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (9 votes - 4.89 average) Installs: 34
Released: 02 Jun 2011 Last Update: Never Downloads: 145
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vBulletin Development Environment

vBulletin Development Environment (VDE) is a tool that allows you to build vBulletin products entirely from the filesystem. By using the filesystem, it allows you to follow best practises such as using version control, and simply working on actual files. Having to switch between browser windows and copy/paste is extremely inefficient.

This product has been updated to work with with vBulletin 3.5 and up to the latest 4.x series.

Runtime Environment

Assuming all of your files are in place, VDE checks your ./projects directory on every page load, and injects all of your projects' templates, plugins, etc. into memory and runs them as if they were natively installed into vBulletin.

Product Builder

VDE also comes with a project builder, which allows you to export your project into a standard product XML, and also any associated files with your project.

Open Source

This product is open source, and I encourage everyone who uses it to contribute back via GitHub.

Installation Instructions

Short version: upload files, import product XML. There are slightly different instructions based on whether or not you are running vBulletin 3 or 4.

Full instructions can be found at:

I will not be posting any change logs or detailed instructions here, because they may change heavily with each version. Please refer to the GitHub page.

Disclaimer: this product was originally developed by SirAdrian / Adrian Schneider, who is part of our staff, and the primary maintainer of the product still.

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Old 17 Aug 2011, 19:20
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Adrian Schneider Adrian Schneider is offline
Join Date: Jul 2004
If anyone wants to help look at the new updates, check them out on my fork.

New features:
-Merged ATC into VDE
-Scripts: generate posts, generate forums, export templates (from db to fs)

Will get merged in the next few days into the official repo.
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Old 24 Apr 2012, 02:30
Birched Birched is offline
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Does anyone who uses the Template Modification System have experience trying to use it and VDE on the same install? Do they play nicely together?
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Old 21 May 2012, 22:53
merk_aus merk_aus is offline
Join Date: Feb 2008
Real name: Brendon
I believe that it was a port of an old mod for me to vb4 that adrian talked about on msn - a port that would usually take 30 hours took just a handful and that is why I have always supported adrian.

He gave me a 2 week estimate and the next day I received an e-mail saying here it is let me know if there are any issues.

I too would be interested to see if there was anyone who had created a project using this that they are ready to release.
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Old 22 May 2012, 22:12
datoneer datoneer is offline
Join Date: Jul 2011
Thank you awesome mod
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Old 24 May 2012, 18:49
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Adrian Schneider Adrian Schneider is offline
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I've pushed a ton of updates...

The latest version does support style / template development, though the documentation is probably only 80% there.

Let me know if any of you are still using this stuff and I'll spend more time on the docs!

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Old 23 Apr 2014, 05:43
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Dr.CustUmz Dr.CustUmz is offline
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Real name: Ryan
i know this is old, but i love it!! i would just like to know, your git file doesn't include an xml... is the xml provided here the one we should use with the files from the git?

im mainly just interested in the template editing on the fly but just this whole thing is like vb orgasmic lol

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