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 phpBB (Free, Open Source), Simple Machines Forum (Free, Open Source), NodeBB (Freemium, Open Source) and MyBB (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 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 over 2 years ago

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      Works on more shared-hosting environments, and is more cleanly designed / easy to set up.
      Positive comment over 3 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. 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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      • 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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    3. 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.
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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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      • MySQL Community Edition
      • Self-Hosted
      • MariaDB
      • PHP
      Xenforo is a commercial forum software developped by former VBulletin developers Kier Darby and Mike Sullivan. It is a strong and popular software for big communities.
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      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Self-Hosted
      • Joomla
      Social websites go far beyond Facebook look-alikes and CB has literally hundreds of built-in features and can be extended with extra (free or commercial) add-ons from the CB Team and other parties that will help you realize your very own - tailored to your specific needs -...
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