XMB Alternatives

    XMB is described as 'lightweight PHP forum software with all the features you need to support a growing community. With outstanding community support and contribution, you will find XMB to be easy to setup, customize, and enhance' and is an app in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 25 alternatives to XMB for a variety of platforms, including Self-Hosted solutions, Linux, Online / Web-based, Windows and Mac. The best alternative is Flarum, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like XMB are phpBB (Free, Open Source), Simple Machines Forum (Free, Open Source), MyBB (Free, Open Source) and NodeBB (Freemium, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 6, 2020

    1. 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. It is the combined successor of esoTalk and FluxBB. It aims to be:
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      • 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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    2. 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.
      • 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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      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • 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.


      • 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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      • 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.
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    3. 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.
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      • MySQL Community Edition
      • Self-Hosted
      • MariaDB
      • PHP
      Xenforo is a commercial forum software developped by former VBulletin developers Kier Darby and Mike Sullivan. It is a strong and popular software for big communities.
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      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • PHP
      vBulletin (abbreviated as vB) is a commercial Internet forum software written in PHP using a MySQL database server.
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