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Open Source XenForo Alternatives

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

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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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    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
    44 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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    MyBB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    45 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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    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
    43 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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    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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    FluxBB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    42 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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    Vanilla

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    50 alternatives to Vanilla 

    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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    1.  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
      43 alternatives to bbPress 

      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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      Forem

      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      22 alternatives to Forem 

      Forem is open source software for building modern and independent communities for your developers, peers, customers, users. Forem is already powering communities that serve over 10 million monthly unique visitors.

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