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Forum Building Software

Software to help you build online forums and communities

phpBB

FREE
Open source forum software based on PHP with permanent bans, member warnings, member preferences, private messaging, BBCode integration, attachment support, automatic image thumbnails, member polls and mass email notification
Operating System:
Web

ProBoards

FREEMIUM

Free w/ limited features

Forum software with unlimited members, integrated mobile app, file uploads, remote hosting, flood protection, BBCode integration, event calendar, private messaging, live chat, permanent bans and ranking system
Operating System:
Web

Yet Another Forum

FREE
Open source forum software with instant chat, member polls, social media Single Sign On, ranking system, BBCode integration, sub forum support, privated messaging and multiple attachment and file types
Operating System:
Web

vBulletin

$
Forum software with member polls and blogs, AJAX-based chat, support ticket forum, private messaging, unlimited moderators, BBCode integration, in-post HTML support, WYSIWYG editors, and attachment thumbnail support
Operating System:
Web Apple Android

miniBB

FREE
Open source forum software with IP flood protection, unlimited member accounts, BBCode integration, member polls, and email subscriptions and notifications
Operating System:
Web

MyBB

FREE
Open source forum software with private messaging, member polls, event calendar, reputation system, member promotions, behavior warning system, and DBMS support
Operating System:
Web

Phorum

FREE
Open source forum software based in PHP and MySQL with hooks and modules for customization, premade templates, and custom coding support
Operating System:
Web

PlushForums

$ $
Forum software with integrated blog, private messaging, member directory, paid subscriptions, live notifications, social media support, reputation system, Q&A support and 3rd party app integration
Operating System:
Web

FluxBB

FREE
Open source forum software built on PHP with forum and topic subscription, announcements, BBCode integration, link disallowing, online user list, permanent and temporary bans, and forum redirecting
Operating System:
Web

PunBB

FREE
Forum software built on PHP with BBCode integration, private messaging, member polls, email broadcasts to groups and built-in extensions
Operating System:
Web

Vanilla Forums

$ $ $
Forum software with Q&A support, member polls, rich content, mentions, BBCode and Markdown integration, WYSIWYG editor, member notifications, auto-save, private messaging, peer moderation, reputation system and 3rd party integration
Operating System:
Web

ZetaBoards

FREE
Forum software with Shoutbox integrations, private messaging, member blogs, topic and post search, BBCode options and support ticket forum
Operating System:
Web

Simple Machines Forum

FREE
Open source forum software with permission and user management, new and old topics tracking, IP locking for 'hammering' prevention, sub boards and expiration time for bans
Operating System:
Web

Discourse

$ $ $
Open source forum software for civilized discussions with public and private conversations, FAQ knowledge base and 3rd party app integration
Operating System:
Web Android
Browser Extension:
Chrome

Invision Community

$ $
Forum software with Q&A format, one-click moderation, built-in support desk, premium subscriptions, drag and drop page editor, member albums, image protection and member and group blogs
Operating System:
Web

Xenforo

$ $
Forum software with social engagement, activity stream, member alerts, 3rd party add-on integrations and built-in SEO
Operating System:
Web
Browser Extension:
Chrome

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