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    Discourse Alternatives

    Discourse is described as 'open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. A modern forum, everything's been redesigned to be easy' and is a very popular app in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Discourse for a variety of platforms, including Online / Web-based, Self-Hosted solutions, Windows, Linux and Mac. The best alternative is Flarum, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Discourse are phpBB (Free, Open Source), Kialo (Free), Simple Machines Forum (Free, Open Source) and NodeBB (Freemium, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Dec 13, 2021

    1. Flarum is free, open-source forum software with a focus on simplicity. You can use Flarum to easily set up a discussion forum for your website. Flarum is developed openly on GitHub. It is the combined successor of esoTalk and FluxBB. It aims to be:
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      Flarum vs Discourse opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Flarum is a great alternative to Discourse.
      yaoqb Its fast lite-weight and easy, works with php and mariadb/mysql
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      Works on more shared-hosting environments, and is more cleanly designed / easy to set up.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      • PHP
      Since its creation in 2000, phpBB™ has become the most widely used Open Source forum solution. Like its predecessors, phpBB™ 3.2 “Rhea” has an easy to use administration panel and a user friendly installation process, which allows you to have a forum set up in minutes.
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      Some users think phpBB is a great alternative to Discourse, some don't.


    2. Kialo is an easy to use, yet powerful tool to engage in thoughtful discussion, understand different points of view, and help with collaborative decision-making.
    3. Simple Machines Forum — SMF in short — is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • Sandstorm.io
      • MongoDB
      • Redis
      • Cloudron
      • Node.JS
      A community forum allows you to engage and retain customers, keeping them interested and up-to-date with your latest product or service.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      MyBB is the free and open source, intuitive, extensible, and incredibly powerful forum software you've been looking for.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      FluxBB is a fast, light, user-friendly forum application for your website. FluxBB was designed as a lighter, faster alternative to some of the traditional feature heavy forum applications.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • Python
      • JSON
      • JavaScript
      • ZeroNet
      Forum(s) built with JavaScript ( with CoffeeScript ) and alternativeto.net/software/json for the database distributed by the network ZeroNet
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      ZeroTalk vs Discourse opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      ZeroTalk requires Zeronet to run, while anyone with an internect connection can connect to discourse.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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      • Free PersonalOpen Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      Vanilla provides a standards-compliant, multi-lingual, theme-able and pluggablecommunity forum software that powers discussion forums on 800,000 sites.
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      Vanilla vs Discourse opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Vanilla only supports open-source for Developers, they discourage use for non-profit or hobbyist purposes over a paid solution.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    4. Get Satisfaction is a community platform that helps companies create engaging customer experiences by fostering online conversations about their products and services at every stage of the lifecycle.
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