FluxBB vs. MyBB vs. phpBB vs. SMF vs. vBulletin vs. Vanilla

General FluxBB MyBB phpBB SMF vBulletin Vanilla
Version
1.4.5
1.6.3
3.0.8
2.0.6
4.1.5
2.6.4
Release Date
22/03/2011
2011-04-16 (8 years ago)
2010-11-19 (8 years ago)
2013-10-21 (6 years ago)
2011-07-26 (8 years ago)
2018-10-28 (11 months ago)
Last Update here
2011-05-05 (8 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2013-10-25 (5 years ago)
2011-08-25 (8 years ago)
2018-11-01 (11 months ago)
Author
FluxBB development team
MyBB Group
The phpBB Group
Simple Machines
vBulletin Solutions
Vanilla Forums Inc
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
License
GPL v2
Custom
General Public License
BSD
commercial / visible source
GPL
License cost
0
US$0
0.00
0
$285 Suite or $195 Forum
0
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Setup FluxBB MyBB phpBB SMF vBulletin Vanilla
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
manual
Hosting available
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Technology FluxBB MyBB phpBB SMF vBulletin Vanilla
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts FluxBB MyBB phpBB SMF vBulletin Vanilla
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
HTML
Patch
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Formatting Toolbar
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
WYSIWYG Editor
Patch
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Single
Syntax Highlighting
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Attachments
No
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums FluxBB MyBB phpBB SMF vBulletin Vanilla
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
No
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Trashcan Forum
No
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Anti-Spam and Security FluxBB MyBB phpBB SMF vBulletin Vanilla
CAPTCHA
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Groups
One group only
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Suspension
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Other
Akismet plugin available.
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
An Akismet mod is available
Akismet
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Notification FluxBB MyBB phpBB SMF vBulletin Vanilla
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Jabber
Bookmarks
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Community FluxBB MyBB phpBB SMF vBulletin Vanilla
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Patch
Yes
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Private Messaging
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Moderation FluxBB MyBB phpBB SMF vBulletin Vanilla
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global, forums and threads
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Search FluxBB MyBB phpBB SMF vBulletin Vanilla
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Session tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization FluxBB MyBB phpBB SMF vBulletin Vanilla
Languages
0
0
0
0
0
141
Afar, Abkhazian, Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Assamese, Aymara, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Byelorussian, Bulgarian, Bihari, Bislama, Bengali; Bangla, Tibetan, Breton, Catalan, Corsican, Czech, Welsh, Danish, German, Bhutani, Greek, English, Esperanto, Spanish, Estonian, Basque, Persian, Finnish, Fiji, Faroese, French, Frisian, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Galician, Guarani, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Croatian, Hungarian, Armenian, Interlingua, Indonesian, Interlingue, Inupiak, Icelandic, Italian, Inuktitut, Japanese, Javanese, Georgian, Kazakh, Greenlandic, Cambodian, Kannada, Korean, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Kirghiz, Latin, Lingala, Laothian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Lettish, Malagasy, Maori, Macedonian, Malayalam, Mongolian, Moldavian, Marathi, Malay, Maltese, Burmese, Nauru, Nepali, Dutch, Norwegian, Occitan, Oromo, Oriya, Punjabi, Polish, Pashto, Pushto, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Quechua, Rhaeto-Romance, Kirundi, Romanian, Russian, Kinyarwanda, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sangho, Serbo-Croatian, Sinhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Samoan, Shona, Somali, Albanian, Serbian, Siswati, Sesotho, Sundanese, Swedish, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, Tajik, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkmen, Tagalog, Setswana, Tonga, Turkish, Tsonga, Tatar, Twi, Uighur, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Volapuk, Wolof, Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zhuang, Chinese, Chinese Traditional, Zulu
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Templates
CSS only
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Patch
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Skin-Editor
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Smiley Packs
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features FluxBB MyBB phpBB SMF vBulletin Vanilla
Statistics
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Calendar
Patch
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Friendly URLs
Patch
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Data Management FluxBB MyBB phpBB SMF vBulletin Vanilla
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Archiving
Patch
No
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Export Formats
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
WAP(2), IMode
Single Table CSV, Single and Multi-Table SQL
Proprietary or MySQLDump
Export private messages
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Lo-Fi View
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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