bttlxeForum vs. phpBB vs. XMB vs. GroupServer vs. SMF vs. OvBB

General bttlxeForum phpBB XMB GroupServer SMF OvBB
Version
2.0
3.0.8
1.9.11
1.0β
2.0.6
0.16a
Release Date
2004-07-31 (15 years ago)
2010-11-19 (8 years ago)
Febuary 28, 2009
2010 June 16
2013-10-21 (6 years ago)
2007-04-05 (12 years ago)
Last Update here
2008-01-21 (11 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2012-03-02 (7 years ago)
2010-06-21 (9 years ago)
2013-10-25 (5 years ago)
2008-01-21 (11 years ago)
Author
Battleaxe Software
The phpBB Group
The XMB Group
OnlineGroups.Net
Simple Machines
Jonathon Freeman & Brian Otto
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
Free
General Public License
General Public License
GPL
BSD
MIT
License cost
Free
0.00
0.00
$0
0
0
Main View
Thread-Type
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Flat
Flat
Flat
Setup bttlxeForum phpBB XMB GroupServer SMF OvBB
Installation method
wizard
wizard
manual
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
manual
wizard
wizard
Hosting available
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Technology bttlxeForum phpBB XMB GroupServer SMF OvBB
Programming Language
ASP
PHP
php
Python & Zope
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
2
Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
1
PostgreSQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
Other Storage
MS Access
Zope Object Database
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts bttlxeForum phpBB XMB GroupServer SMF OvBB
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
HTML
Yes
No
Optional
No
Yes
No
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
None
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Attachments
No
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
Forums bttlxeForum phpBB XMB GroupServer SMF OvBB
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
No
unlimited
one level
No
unlimited
No
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Trashcan Forum
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Anti-Spam and Security bttlxeForum phpBB XMB GroupServer SMF OvBB
CAPTCHA
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
One group only
Flood Control
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Blacklist
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
No
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
No
Suspension
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
Bans
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Patch
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Audit Logging
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
User Reports
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Other
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
Spam Assasin is used for email spam control.
An Akismet mod is available
Notification bttlxeForum phpBB XMB GroupServer SMF OvBB
RSS/ATOM
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
None
Jabber
Integrated Chat
No
Bookmarks
No
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
No
Community bttlxeForum phpBB XMB GroupServer SMF OvBB
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
No
Patch
Plugin
No
Yes
No
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
No
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
No
Moderation bttlxeForum phpBB XMB GroupServer SMF OvBB
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global
Move Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
No
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
No
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
No
Sticky Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Plugin
No
Search bttlxeForum phpBB XMB GroupServer SMF OvBB
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Session tracked
Database tracked
Session tracked
Customization bttlxeForum phpBB XMB GroupServer SMF OvBB
Languages
0
0
0
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
CSS only
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global
Custom BBCodes
No
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Plugin
No
Skin-Editor
No
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
No
Smiley Packs
No
Yes
Optional
Unknown
Yes
No
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Special Features bttlxeForum phpBB XMB GroupServer SMF OvBB
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Calendar
No
No
Plugin
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Friendly URLs
No
Plugin
Yes
Unknown
Plugin
No
Data Management bttlxeForum phpBB XMB GroupServer SMF OvBB
Available Importers
Pruning
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
No
Archiving
No
No
No
Unknown
Plugin
No
Export Formats
None
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
XML, mbox
WAP(2), IMode
No
Export private messages
No
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
No
Lo-Fi View
No
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
No
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