Feature Comparison

GeneralbbPress DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Version 0.9.0.4 2.4 3.0.8 2.0.6 4.1.5
Release Date 3 January 2009 18-Aug-2008 20 Nov 2010 October 22nd, 2013 2011-07-27
Author bbpress.org miniBB Team The phpBB Group Simple Machines vBulletin Solutions
URL bbpress.org www.minibb.com www.phpbb.com www.simplemachines.org www.vbulletin.com
Free and Open Source Yes Yes Yes Yes No
License GPL2 GPL General Public License BSD commercial / visible source
License cost 0 Free 0.00 0 $285 Suite or $195 Forum
Programming Language PHP PHP PHP PHP PHP
UTF-8 Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Type Flat Flat Flat Flat Threaded or Flat
Installation method wizard wizard wizard wizard wizard
Upgrade method wizard manual wizard with manual interactions wizard wizard with manual interactions
Data StoragebbPress DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
MySQL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Postgres No   Yes Yes No
Oracle No   Yes No No
SQLite No   Yes Yes No
Textfiles No No No No No
other     FireBird 2.0+, MSSQL 2000+, MSSQL 2000+ (ODBC)    
Hosting available No No No No No
PostsbbPress DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
BBCode Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes
HTML Yes Optional No Yes Yes
Emoticons Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Formatting Toolbar Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
WYSIWYG Editor No Plugin No Yes Yes
Quoting Nested Single Nested Nested Nested
Syntax Highlighting Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes
Attachments Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files
ForumsbbPress DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Categories Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Subforums unlimited one level unlimited unlimited unlimited
Last Post Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes
Redirect Forums Plugin No Yes Yes Yes
Trashcan Forum Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Anti-Spam and SecuritybbPress DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
CAPTCHA Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Groups One group only No Multiple groups Multiple groups Multiple groups
Flood Control Yes Plugin Yes Yes Yes
ACLs No Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Blacklist Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Warnings Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Suspension Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bans Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP-Block Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes
Audit Logging Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
User Reports Plugin No Yes Yes Yes
Other     Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions An Akismet mod is available Akismet
NotificationbbPress DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
RSS/ATOM Yes Plugin Yes Yes Yes
E-Mail Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes
Instant Messaging Plugin 0 Jabber    
Bookmarks Yes Plugin Yes Plugin Yes
CommunitybbPress DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Avatars Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
User Ranks Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Rating/Karma System Plugin Plugin Patch Yes Yes
Signatures Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Users Online List Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Private Messaging Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Custom profile fields Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
ModerationbbPress DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Moderators global global and forums global and forums global, forums and threads global and forums
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Split Threads Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Close Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics   Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Sticky Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Important Threads Plugin Plugin Yes Plugin Yes
SearchbbPress DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Full-text search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Author search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced search Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unread Topics   Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked
CustomizationbbPress DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Languages Dozens more than 40 available 48 at the time of writing, see www.phpbb.com 47 Official: English, German; Translatable into any language
Templates global global global and forum specific global and forum specific global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes Plugin Patch Yes Plugin Yes
Skin-Editor No Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Smiley Packs Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Plugins Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Special FeaturesbbPress DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Statistics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Polls Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Calendar No Plugin No Yes Yes
Friendly URLs Yes Optional Plugin Plugin Yes
Data ManagementbbPress DetailsminiBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Pruning Plugin Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Archiving Plugin Plugin No Plugin Yes
Export Formats BBXF Users' logins/emails can be exported in CSV or TXT SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2 WAP(2), IMode Single Table CSV, Single and Multi-Table SQL
Export private messages Plugin Plugin Yes Plugin Yes
Lo-Fi View Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes
Last updated2009-03-112009-09-022011-06-222013-10-252011-08-26

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