Open Source XenForo Alternatives

    The most popular alternative 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 40 alternatives to XenForo so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting XenForo alternatives are Simple Machines Forum (Free, Open Source), MyBB (Free, Open Source), Vanilla (Free Personal, Open Source) and FluxBB (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Jul 6, 2020

    • Open source, self-hosted forum solution with integrations for Slack, Wordpress, and more.
    • Flarum is the next-generation forum software that makes online discussion fun. It's simple, fast, and free.


    • Since its creation in 2000, phpBB™ has become the most widely used Open Source forum solution. Like its predecessors, phpBB™ 3.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      • PHP
    • 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.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
    • MyBB is the free and open source, intuitive, extensible, and incredibly powerful forum software you've been looking for.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
    • Vanilla is a powerfully simple discussion forum you can easily customize to make as unique as your community.
      • Free Personal • Open Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      Gu
      Because it is great, and does what I need it to do. Better then XenForo
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 1 users agree

      Gu
      It's amazing! All the same tools, just more convenient.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

    • FluxBB is a fast, light, user-friendly forum application for your website.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
    • NodeBB is next generation forum software. It's powerful, mobile-ready and easy to use.
      • Freemium • Open Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • MongoDB
      • Redis
      • Cloudron
      • Node.JS
    • 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.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Online
    • 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.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Self-Hosted