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Open Source vBulletin Alternatives

The best open source alternative to vBulletin is Discourse. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Flarum or phpBB. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to vBulletin and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to vBulletin are Simple Machines Forum, MyBB, NodeBB and FluxBB.

vBulletin alternatives are mainly Social Networks but may also be Customer Feedback Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of vBulletin.
This page was last updated Jun 19, 2022
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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 is an open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. A modern forum, everything's been redesigned to be easy.

    Some users think Discourse is a great alternative to vBulletin, some don't.
  2. Flarum

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted
    • PHP
    • Apache HTTP Server

    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.



  3. phpBB

    • 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.

    Almost everyone thinks phpBB is a great alternative to vBulletin.
  4. Simple Machines Forum

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    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.

  5. MyBB

    • 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.



  6. NodeBB

    • 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.

  7. FluxBB

    • 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.

    Discontinued

    since 2018 no commit

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  8. Vanilla

    • 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.

  9. bbPress

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    bbPress is forum software with a twist from the creators of WordPress. Its focused on web standards, ease of use, ease of integration, and speed. bbPress will try to keep things as small and light as possible while still allowing great add-on feature possibilities.

  10. Community Builder

    • 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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