Today we will list all the popular OS Forum scripts, Below are the list, details and download links. There are hundreds of forum scripts on the web to choose from, to make your work easier, we have reduced the list to a more shorter one. This should give you the freedom to choose from the top 21 forum scripts.
- Beehive Forum
- Simple Machines
- Extreme Message Board
- Advanced Electron Forum
- Quicksilver Forums
- Unclassified Newsboard
phpBB is a popular Internet forum package written in the PHP scripting language. The name “phpBB” is an abbreviation of PHP Bulletin Board. Available under the GNU General Public License, phpBB is free software.
MyBB is a free bulletin board system software package developed by the MyBB Group. It is written in PHP and licensed as free software under the GNU General Public License.
Drupal is a free and open source ContentDrupal (pronounced /?dru?p?l/) is a free and open source Content Management System (CMS) written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License. It is used as a back-end system for many different types of websites, ranging from small personal blogs to Enterprise 2.0 collaboration and knowledge management uses to large corporate and political sites. High-traffic Drupal-based websites include ubuntu.com and seobook.com. In October 2009, the administration of U.S. president Barack Obama adopted Drupal for the official Whitehouse.gov website
bbPress is an open source light weight internet forum package, created by Automattic, the same company that created WordPress. It is designed to be powerful, fast, and easy to use.
Vanilla is a lightweight and extensible free/open source forum application developed by Mark O’Sullivan using the PHP scripting language and MySQL database management system
SEO-Board: A fast, and search engine friendly forum software written in PHP/MySQL. [Open source]
FUDForum: Fast Uncompromising Discussions
PunBB is a fast and lightweight PHP-powered discussion board. It is released under the GNU General Public License.
FluxBB: Forum software forked by four developers of PunBB that supports MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite and produces valid XHTML [Open source, GPL]
Beehive Forum: PHP/MySQL Discussion Forum with frames-based layout, reply-to-user, e-mail notification, HTML-posting, signatures, friends & killfiles
IceBB is a powerful, fast, free, open-source forum solution powered by the free PHP and MySQL
MiniBB: miniBB stands for “mini bulletin board”, a fast and lightweight PHP-powered flat-type free open source discussion board
Phorum is open source forum software with a penchant for speed. Phorum’s very flexible hook and module system can satisfy every web master’s needs.
Simple MachinesA community software package with themes, fast message database, secure file-attaching system, and mod installation manager. [Freeware]
XMB eXtreme Message Board – PHP Forum Software
AEF: The full name of AEF is Advanced Electron Forum
Quicksilver Forums is a fast, secure, powerful PHP/MySQL based forum script. Features a robust 3D permission system and complete HTML
UseBB is a free and effective PHP/MySQL bulletin board package
Unclassified NewsBoard Forum
JForum is a powerful and robust discussion board system implemented in Javatm. It provides an attractive interface, an efficient forum engine
JavaBB.org – Your Bulletin Board Forum Based
Review Each of the Forums from the websites and make your choice, each of the scripts are very nicely coded and we should be thankful to them for realasing it Open source. But thats the beauty we have the choice when there are so many !
Best 6 are: SMF, PHPBB, MYBB, Vanilla, FUD Forum, JAVABB. If you have are planning to go for a paid or premium forum script, i will say hands down vBulletin is the best due to a large number of reasons. We use vBulletin.