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phpBB is described as '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' and is a popular app in the business & commerce category. There are more than 50 alternatives to phpBB for a variety of platforms, including Self-Hosted solutions, Online / Web-based, Linux, Mac and Windows. The best alternative is Flarum, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like phpBB are Discourse, MyBB, Simple Machines Forum and NodeBB.

phpBB alternatives are mainly Social Networks but may also be Blog Publishing Tools or Website Builders. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of phpBB.
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  1. Flarum icon

    Flarum

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted
    • PHP
    • Apache HTTP Server
    47 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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    Almost everyone thinks Flarum is a great alternative to phpBB.
    ab1

    Better is some ways after some configuration!

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    Guest

    Better looking, Faster, And simpler.

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    raoufkakashi

    it's still in beta , but promising fast discourse like somehow forum

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  2. Discourse icon

    Discourse

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • Ruby
    • JavaScript
    • Cloudron
    • Docker
    63 alternatives to Discourse 

    Discourse is an open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. A modern forum, everything's been redesigned to be easy.

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

    It's more of a online messenger then a forum cms.

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    Taurolyon

    More of a comment system than categorized forum.

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  3. MyBB icon

    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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    Almost everyone thinks MyBB is a great alternative to phpBB.
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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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    chipthrasher

    It is very similar to the way phpBB works. However, it is less supported and harder to install.

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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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    ZeroTalk

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • Python
    • JSON
    • JavaScript
    • ZeroNet
    21 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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    vBulletin

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • PHP
    43 alternatives to vBulletin 

    vBulletin (abbreviated as vB) is a commercial Internet forum software written in PHP using a MySQL database server.

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    Most users think vBulletin is a great alternative to phpBB.
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    uCoz

    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    296 alternatives to uCoz 

    uCoz is a free website-builder that includes hosting and a website management system. uCoz works according to the principles of Web 2.0 and allows creating of the most complicated projects with extraordinary simplicity and speed.

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    Blocked by Google chrome, many DNS plugins and is known to be dangerous to many experts.

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    FluxBB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    43 alternatives to FluxBB 

    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. It is easy to use and has a proven track record of stability and security making it an...

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    Discontinued

    since 2018 no commit

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    Flatboard

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted
    12 alternatives to Flatboard 

    A Simple, Lightweight, Modern and fast Flat-File Forum, using Json and Markdown or BBcode.

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    1.  LightweightFlatboard consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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