Feature Comparison

GeneralbbPress DetailsInvision Power Board DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailspunBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailsvBulletin Details
Version 0.9.0.4 3.2.3 2.4 3.0.8 1.2.14 2.0.6 2.6 4.1.5
Release Date 3 January 2009 October 18, 2011 18-Aug-2008 20 Nov 2010 2006-10-15 October 22nd, 2013 14/05/2018 2011-07-27
Author bbpress.org Invision Power Services miniBB Team The phpBB Group PunBB Development Team Simple Machines Vanilla Forums Inc vBulletin Solutions
URL bbpress.org www.invisionpower.com www.minibb.com www.phpbb.com punbb.org www.simplemachines.org vanillaforums.com www.vbulletin.com
Free and Open Source Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
License GPL2 Commercial GPL General Public License GNU General Public License BSD GPL commercial / visible source
License cost 0 License from $175 / Hosted from $5 per month Free 0.00 0 0 0 $285 Suite or $195 Forum
Programming Language PHP PHP 5.2+ PHP PHP PHP PHP PHP PHP
UTF-8 Support Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Type Flat Flat Flat Flat Flat Flat Flat Threaded or Flat
Installation method wizard wizard wizard wizard   wizard wizard wizard
Upgrade method wizard wizard manual wizard with manual interactions   wizard manual wizard with manual interactions
Data StoragebbPress DetailsInvision Power Board DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailspunBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailsvBulletin Details
MySQL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Postgres No No   Yes Yes Yes No No
Oracle No No   Yes No No No No
SQLite No No   Yes Yes Yes No No
Textfiles No No No No No No No No
other       FireBird 2.0+, MSSQL 2000+, MSSQL 2000+ (ODBC) No   No  
Hosting available No Yes No No Yes No Yes No
PostsbbPress DetailsInvision Power Board DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailspunBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailsvBulletin Details
BBCode Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Plugin Yes
HTML Yes Yes Optional No Patch Yes Yes Yes
Emoticons Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Yes Yes Plugin Yes
Formatting Toolbar Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Patch Yes Plugin Yes
WYSIWYG Editor No Yes Plugin No Patch Yes Plugin Yes
Quoting Nested Nested Single Nested Nested Nested Single Nested
Syntax Highlighting Plugin Yes Yes Yes Patch Yes Plugin Yes
Attachments Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files No Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files
ForumsbbPress DetailsInvision Power Board DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailspunBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailsvBulletin Details
Categories Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Subforums unlimited unlimited one level unlimited No unlimited unlimited unlimited
Last Post Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Redirect Forums Plugin Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trashcan Forum Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Spam and SecuritybbPress DetailsInvision Power Board DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailspunBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailsvBulletin Details
CAPTCHA Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Patch Yes Yes Yes
Groups One group only Multiple groups No Multiple groups One group only Multiple groups Multiple groups Multiple groups
Flood Control Yes Yes Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ACLs No Yes Plugin Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Blacklist Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warnings Plugin Yes Plugin Yes No Yes Plugin Yes
Suspension Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bans Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP-Block Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Audit Logging Plugin Yes Plugin Yes   Yes Yes Yes
User Reports Plugin Yes No Yes   Yes Plugin Yes
Other   Spam Monitoring Service, Flag As Spammer, Question & Answer System   Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions   An Akismet mod is available Community Curation & SPAM removal Akismet
NotificationbbPress DetailsInvision Power Board DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailspunBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailsvBulletin Details
RSS/ATOM Yes Yes Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
E-Mail Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Instant Messaging Plugin No 0 Jabber 0      
Bookmarks Yes Yes Plugin Yes Yes Plugin Yes Yes
CommunitybbPress DetailsInvision Power Board DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailspunBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailsvBulletin Details
Avatars Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Ranks Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rating/Karma System Plugin Yes Plugin Patch Patch Yes Yes Yes
Signatures Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Yes Yes Plugin Yes
Users Online List Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Yes Yes Plugin Yes
Private Messaging Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Patch Yes Yes Yes
Custom profile fields Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Patch Yes Plugin Yes
ModerationbbPress DetailsInvision Power Board DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailspunBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailsvBulletin Details
Moderators global global and forums global and forums global and forums global and forums global, forums and threads global, forums and threads global and forums
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Split Threads Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Patch Yes Plugin Yes
Close Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics   Yes Plugin Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Sticky Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Important Threads Plugin Yes Plugin Yes No Plugin Yes Yes
SearchbbPress DetailsInvision Power Board DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailspunBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailsvBulletin Details
Full-text search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Author search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced search Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unread Topics   Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked Session tracked Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked
CustomizationbbPress DetailsInvision Power Board DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailspunBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailsvBulletin Details
Languages Dozens English by default, other languages available via the community - or translatable via Integrated Language Editor more than 40 available 48 at the time of writing, see www.phpbb.com 40 47 23+: English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish... Official: English, German; Translatable into any language
Templates global global and forum specific global global and forum specific global global and forum specific global and forum specific global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes Plugin Yes Patch Yes Patch Plugin Plugin Yes
Skin-Editor No Yes Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Plugin Yes
Smiley Packs Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Patch Yes Plugin Yes
Plugins Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Special FeaturesbbPress DetailsInvision Power Board DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailspunBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailsvBulletin Details
Statistics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Polls Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Patch Yes Plugin Yes
Calendar No Yes Plugin No Patch Yes Plugin Yes
Friendly URLs Yes Yes Optional Plugin Patch Plugin Yes Yes
Data ManagementbbPress DetailsInvision Power Board DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailspunBB DetailsSMF DetailsVanilla DetailsvBulletin Details
Pruning Plugin Yes Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Archiving Plugin Yes Plugin No No Plugin Yes Yes
Export Formats BBXF SQL Users' logins/emails can be exported in CSV or TXT SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2   WAP(2), IMode Proprietary or MySQLDump Single Table CSV, Single and Multi-Table SQL
Export private messages Plugin Yes Plugin Yes No Plugin Yes Yes
Lo-Fi View Plugin Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Last updated2009-03-112012-02-072009-09-022011-06-222007-02-152013-10-252018-08-172011-08-26

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