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Free XenForo Alternatives

The best free alternative to XenForo is Flarum, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to XenForo and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to XenForo are Discourse, Simple Machines Forum, MyBB and NodeBB.

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Xenforo is a commercial forum software developped by former VBulletin developers Kier Darby and Mike Sullivan.

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  1. Flarum icon

    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.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsFlarum can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ LightweightFlarum consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  2. 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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    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.

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    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.

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    Most users think MyBB is a great alternative to XenForo.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    since 2018 no commit

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    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.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVanilla can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    It's amazing! All the same tools, just more convenient.

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    Because it is great, and does what I need it to do. Better then XenForo

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    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.

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    Thredded

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted

    Feature-rich and lightning fast forums. Works standalone or as a Rails engine. Markdown by default, with plugins for code highlighting, KaTeX math, and BBCode. No JavaScript required. Easy deployment on Heroku or with Ansible.

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