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Self-Hosted Discourse Alternatives

There are many alternatives to Discourse as a self-hosted solution if you are looking for a replacement. The best Self-Hosted alternative is Flarum, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Discourse and many of them are available as a self-hosted solution so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Self-Hosted alternatives to Discourse are Simple Machines Forum, NodeBB, MyBB and phpBB.

Discourse alternatives are mainly Social Networks but may also be Q&A Services or Customer Feedback Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Discourse.
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  1. Flarum icon

    Flarum

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted
    • PHP
    • Apache HTTP Server
    49 alternatives to Flarum 

    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.

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    1.  LightweightFlarum consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsFlarum can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Flarum.
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    Flarum vs Discourse opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Flarum is a great alternative to Discourse.
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    Works on more shared-hosting environments, and is more cleanly designed / easy to set up.

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    Its fast lite-weight and easy, works with php and mariadb/mysql

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    Simple Machines Forum

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    45 alternatives to Simple Machines Forum 

    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.

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    NodeBB

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • Sandstorm.io
    • MongoDB
    • Redis
    • Cloudron
    • Node.JS
    44 alternatives to NodeBB 

    A community forum allows you to engage and retain customers, keeping them interested and up-to-date with your latest product or service.

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    MyBB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    46 alternatives to MyBB 

    MyBB is the free and open source, intuitive, extensible, and incredibly powerful forum software you've been looking for.

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    phpBB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • PHP
    53 alternatives to 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 panel and a user friendly installation process, which allows you to have a forum set up in minutes.

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    phpBB vs Discourse opinions
    Some users think phpBB is a great alternative to Discourse, some don't.


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    ZeroTalk

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • Python
    • JSON
    • JavaScript
    • ZeroNet
    22 alternatives to ZeroTalk 

    Forum(s) built with JavaScript ( with CoffeeScript ) and alternativeto.net/software/json for the database distributed by the network .

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    1.  DecentralizedZeroTalk is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    ZeroTalk requires Zeronet to run, while anyone with an internect connection can connect to discourse.

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    Open Social

    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    58 alternatives to Open Social 

    Open Social is a purpose-built community engagement platform. Developed on top of a powerful open-source Drupal technology framework, Open Social allows organizations to create a central online hub for their members.

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    1.  Privacy focusedOpen Social is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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      Invision Community

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      45 alternatives to Invision Community 

      Invision Community (previously known as IPB, IPS, Invision Power Suite, IP.Board or IP Board) is an Internet forum software produced by Invision Power Services, Inc. It is written in PHP and primarily uses MySQL as a database management system, although support for other...

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      1.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Invision Community.
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      Vanilla

      • Free PersonalOpen Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      51 alternatives to Vanilla 

      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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      1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVanilla can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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        Vanilla only supports open-source for Developers, they discourage use for non-profit or hobbyist purposes over a paid solution.

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        XenForo

        • MySQL Community Edition
        • Self-Hosted
        • MariaDB
        • PHP
        43 alternatives to XenForo 

        A compelling community experience. Intuitive. Social. Engaging. Fast. XenForo brings a fresh outlook to forum software.

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