Alternatives to Discourse for Self-hosting with Free License

  • Flarum

    Flarum is the next-generation forum software that makes online discussion fun. It's simple, fast, and free.

    • Its fast lite-weight and easy, works with php and mariadb/mysql yaoqbApr 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Works on more shared-hosting environments, and is more cleanly designed / easy to set up. Guest • Feb 2018 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Self-Hosted PHP

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  • phpBB

    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...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted PHP

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  • NodeBB

    NodeBB is next generation forum software. It's powerful, mobile-ready and easy to use.

    Freemium $ $ $ Open Source Web Self-Hosted MongoDB Redis Cloudron ... Node.JS

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  • Vanilla

    Vanilla is a powerfully simple discussion forum you can easily customize to make as unique as your community.

    • Vanilla only supports open-source for Developers, they discourage use for non-profit or hobbyist purposes over a paid solution. Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree

    Free Personal Web Self-Hosted

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  • Thredded

    Feature-rich and lightning fast forums. Works standalone or as a Rails engine. Markdown by default, with plugins for code highlighting, KaTeX math, and BBCode. No...

    Free Open Source Self-Hosted

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  • PunBB

    PunBB is a fast and lightweight PHP-powered discussion board. It is released under the GNU General Public License.

    • Discontinued
      Last release was 4 years ago. Last commit was 2 years ago.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted

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