Feature Comparison

GeneralMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailspunBB Details
Version 1.6.3 3.0.8 2.0.6 2.6 1.2.14
Release Date 17 April 2011 20 Nov 2010 October 22nd, 2013 14/05/2018 2006-10-15
Author MyBB Group The phpBB Group Simple Machines Vanilla Forums Inc PunBB Development Team
URL www.mybb.com www.phpbb.com www.simplemachines.org vanillaforums.com punbb.org
Free and Open Source Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
License Custom General Public License BSD GPL GNU General Public License
License cost US$0 0.00 0 0 0
Programming Language PHP PHP PHP PHP PHP
UTF-8 Support Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Type Threaded or Flat Flat Flat Flat Flat
Installation method wizard wizard wizard wizard  
Upgrade method wizard wizard with manual interactions wizard manual  
Data StorageMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailspunBB Details
MySQL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Postgres Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Oracle No Yes No No No
SQLite Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Textfiles No No No No No
other   FireBird 2.0+, MSSQL 2000+, MSSQL 2000+ (ODBC)   No No
Hosting available No No No Yes Yes
PostsMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailspunBB Details
BBCode Yes Yes Yes Plugin Yes
HTML Yes No Yes Yes Patch
Emoticons Yes Yes Yes Plugin Yes
Formatting Toolbar Yes Yes Yes Plugin Patch
WYSIWYG Editor Plugin No Yes Plugin Patch
Quoting Nested Nested Nested Single Nested
Syntax Highlighting Yes Yes Yes Plugin Patch
Attachments Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files No
ForumsMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailspunBB Details
Categories Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Subforums unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited No
Last Post Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Redirect Forums Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trashcan Forum Plugin No Yes Yes No
Anti-Spam and SecurityMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailspunBB Details
CAPTCHA Yes Yes Yes Yes Patch
Groups Multiple groups Multiple groups Multiple groups Multiple groups One group only
Flood Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ACLs Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Blacklist Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warnings Yes Yes Yes Plugin No
Suspension Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bans Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP-Block Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Audit Logging Yes Yes Yes Yes  
User Reports Yes Yes Yes Plugin  
Other Akismet plugin available. Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions An Akismet mod is available Community Curation & SPAM removal  
NotificationMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailspunBB Details
RSS/ATOM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
E-Mail Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Instant Messaging   Jabber     0
Bookmarks Yes Yes Plugin Yes Yes
CommunityMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailspunBB Details
Avatars Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Ranks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rating/Karma System Yes Patch Yes Yes Patch
Signatures Yes Yes Yes Plugin Yes
Users Online List Yes Yes Yes Plugin Yes
Private Messaging Yes Yes Yes Yes Patch
Custom profile fields Yes Yes Yes Plugin Patch
ModerationMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailspunBB Details
Moderators global and forums global and forums global, forums and threads global, forums and threads global and forums
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Split Threads Yes Yes Yes Plugin Patch
Close Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Sticky Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Important Threads Yes Yes Plugin Yes No
SearchMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailspunBB Details
Full-text search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Author search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unread Topics Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked Session tracked
CustomizationMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailspunBB Details
Languages Many 48 at the time of writing, see www.phpbb.com 47 23+: English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish... 40
Templates global and forum specific global and forum specific global and forum specific global and forum specific global
Custom BBCodes Yes Yes Plugin Plugin Patch
Skin-Editor Yes Yes Yes Plugin Plugin
Smiley Packs Yes Yes Yes Plugin Patch
Plugins Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Special FeaturesMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailspunBB Details
Statistics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Polls Yes Yes Yes Plugin Patch
Calendar Yes No Yes Plugin Patch
Friendly URLs Plugin Plugin Plugin Yes Patch
Data ManagementMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailspunBB Details
Pruning Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes
Archiving No No Plugin Yes No
Export Formats   SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2 WAP(2), IMode Proprietary or MySQLDump  
Export private messages Yes Yes Plugin Yes No
Lo-Fi View Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Last updated2011-06-222011-06-222013-10-252018-08-172007-02-15

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