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vBulletin is described as '(abbreviated as vB) is a commercial Internet forum software written in PHP using a MySQL database server' and is an app in the social & communications category. There are more than 25 alternatives to vBulletin for a variety of platforms, including Self-Hosted solutions, Online / Web-based, Linux, Mac and Windows. 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 vBulletin are MyBB, phpBB, NodeBB and uCoz.

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

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  1. 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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    Discourse vs vBulletin opinions
    Some users think Discourse is a great alternative to vBulletin, some don't.
  2. 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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  3. Simple Machines Forum icon

    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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  4. 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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    phpBB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • PHP
    52 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 vBulletin opinions
    Almost everyone thinks phpBB is a great alternative to vBulletin.


  6. NodeBB icon

    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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  7. uCoz icon

    uCoz

    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    297 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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    Warning

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

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    Invision Community

    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    44 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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    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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    XenForo

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

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

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