phpBB Alternatives

    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, Windows and Mac. The best alternative is Discourse. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Flarum or Simple Machines Forum. Other great apps like phpBB are MyBB (Free, Open Source), FluxBB (Free, Open Source), NodeBB (Freemium, Open Source) and vBulletin (Paid).

    This page was last updated Mar 7, 2021

    1. 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. Self-hosted Discourse software is free, hosting service is paid.
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      Discourse vs phpBB opinions
      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.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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      Taurolyon More of a comment system than categorized forum.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    2. 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 phpBB opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Flarum is a great alternative to phpBB.
      raoufkakashi it's still in beta , but promising fast discourse like somehow forum
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Better looking, Faster, And simpler.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    3. 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.
      Simple Machines Forum vs phpBB opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      chipthrasher It is very similar to the way phpBB works. However, it is less supported and harder to install.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      • 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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      Almost everyone thinks MyBB is a great alternative to phpBB.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      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.
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      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • 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.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • PHP
      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.
    4. A Simple, Lightweight, Modern and Fast flat-file forum system written in PHP and Json.
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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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      • 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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