GroupServer vs. MyBB vs. JForum vs. Vanilla vs. phpBB vs. Phorum

General GroupServer MyBB JForum Vanilla phpBB Phorum
Version
1.0β
1.6.3
2.1.8
2.6.4
3.0.8
5.2.9a
Release Date
2010 June 16
2011-04-16 (8 years ago)
2008-10-31 (10 years ago)
2018-10-28 (9 months ago)
2010-11-19 (8 years ago)
2008-10-12 (10 years ago)
Last Update here
2010-06-21 (9 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2008-01-02 (11 years ago)
2018-11-01 (9 months ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2008-10-16 (10 years ago)
Author
OnlineGroups.Net
MyBB Group
Rafael Steil
Vanilla Forums Inc
The phpBB Group
Phorum Dev Team
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
GPL
Custom
BSD
GPL
General Public License
The Phorum License (BSD)
License cost
$0
US$0
0
0
0.00
0
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Setup GroupServer MyBB JForum Vanilla phpBB Phorum
Installation method
manual
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
manual
wizard
manual
manual
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
Hosting available
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
Technology GroupServer MyBB JForum Vanilla phpBB Phorum
Programming Language
Python & Zope
PHP
Java
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
1
PostgreSQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database
1
MySQL Database
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
Other Storage
Zope Object Database
HSQLDB
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts GroupServer MyBB JForum Vanilla phpBB Phorum
BBCode
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Optional
HTML
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Optional
Emoticons
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Optional
Formatting Toolbar
No
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Optional
WYSIWYG Editor
No
Plugin
No
Plugin
No
Plugin
Quoting
None
Nested
Nested
Single
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
No
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums GroupServer MyBB JForum Vanilla phpBB Phorum
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
No
unlimited
No
unlimited
unlimited
multiple levels
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Trashcan Forum
No
Plugin
No
Yes
No
No
Anti-Spam and Security GroupServer MyBB JForum Vanilla phpBB Phorum
CAPTCHA
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Groups
Multiple groups
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
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
No
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Optional
User Reports
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Other
Spam Assasin is used for email spam control.
Akismet plugin available.
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
Aksimet Plugin
Notification GroupServer MyBB JForum Vanilla phpBB Phorum
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Integrated Chat
0
Jabber
0
Bookmarks
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Community GroupServer MyBB JForum Vanilla phpBB Phorum
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
User Ranks
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Rating/Karma System
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Plugin
Signatures
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
No
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Moderation GroupServer MyBB JForum Vanilla phpBB Phorum
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global and forums
Move Threads
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Unknown
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Search GroupServer MyBB JForum Vanilla phpBB Phorum
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization GroupServer MyBB JForum Vanilla phpBB Phorum
Languages
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
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global and forum specific
global
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Skin-Editor
Unknown
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
No
Smiley Packs
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Plugins
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features GroupServer MyBB JForum Vanilla phpBB Phorum
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Polls
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Calendar
Unknown
Yes
No
Plugin
No
No
Friendly URLs
Unknown
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Data Management GroupServer MyBB JForum Vanilla phpBB Phorum
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
Unknown
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Archiving
Unknown
No
No
Yes
No
No
Export Formats
XML, mbox
Proprietary or MySQLDump
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
Export private messages
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Lo-Fi View
Unknown
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Optional
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