Self-Hosted Discourse Alternatives

    There are many alternatives to Discourse as a self-hosted solution if you are looking to replace it. The most popular Self-Hosted alternative is Small Flarum iconFlarum, 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 Small phpBB iconphpBB (Free, Open Source), Small Simple Machines Forum iconSimple Machines Forum (Free, Open Source), Small NodeBB iconNodeBB (Freemium, Open Source) and Small MyBB iconMyBB (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Feb 10, 2021

    • Flarum is the next-generation forum software that makes online discussion fun. It's simple, fast, and free.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Discourse.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Self-Hosted
      • PHP
      yaoqb Its fast lite-weight and easy, works with php and mariadb/mysql
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago 2 users agree

      Works on more shared-hosting environments, and is more cleanly designed / easy to set up.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago 5 users agree

    • Since its creation in 2000, phpBB™ has become the most widely used Open Source forum solution. Like its predecessors, phpBB™ 3.
      Some users think this is a great alternative to Discourse, some don't.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      • PHP


    • 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.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
    • NodeBB is next generation forum software. It's powerful, mobile-ready and easy to use.
      • Freemium • Open Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • MongoDB
      • Redis
      • Cloudron
      • Node.JS
    • MyBB is the free and open source, intuitive, extensible, and incredibly powerful forum software you've been looking for.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
    • Vanilla is a powerfully simple discussion forum you can easily customize to make as unique as your community.
      • Free Personal • Open Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      Vanilla only supports open-source for Developers, they discourage use for non-profit or hobbyist purposes over a paid solution.
      Negative comment 9 months ago 2 users agree

    • Forum(s) built with JavaScript ( with CoffeeScript ) and alternativeto.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • Python
      • JSON
      • JavaScript
      • ZeroNet
      ZeroTalk requires Zeronet to run, while anyone with an internect connection can connect to discourse.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago 0 users agree and 2 don't

    • A compelling community experience. Intuitive. Social. Engaging. Fast. XenForo brings a fresh outlook to forum software.
      • MySQL Community Edition
      • Self-Hosted
      • MariaDB
      • PHP
    • Community Builder (CB) is an extremely flexible and robust social networking solution for Joomla.
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      • Freemium • Open Source
      • Self-Hosted
      • Joomla
    • Invision Community is a flexible, feature-packed and easy to customize platform that powers some of the biggest and best communities on the web.