miniBB vs. phpBB vs. bbPress vs. SMF vs. MyBB

General miniBB phpBB bbPress SMF MyBB
Version
2.4
3.0.8
0.9.0.4
2.0.6
1.6.3
Release Date
2008-08-17 (11 years ago)
2010-11-19 (8 years ago)
2009-01-02 (10 years ago)
2013-10-21 (5 years ago)
2011-04-16 (8 years ago)
Last Update here
2009-09-02 (9 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2009-03-11 (10 years ago)
2013-10-25 (5 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
Author
miniBB Team
The phpBB Group
bbpress.org
Simple Machines
MyBB Group
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
GPL
General Public License
GPL2
BSD
Custom
License cost
Free
0.00
0
0
US$0
Main View
Thread-Type
Flat
Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Setup miniBB phpBB bbPress SMF MyBB
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
manual
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard
wizard
Hosting available
No
No
No
No
No
Technology miniBB phpBB bbPress SMF MyBB
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
1
MySQL Database
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts miniBB phpBB bbPress SMF MyBB
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
HTML
Optional
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Emoticons
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
Plugin
No
No
Yes
Plugin
Quoting
Single
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
Forums miniBB phpBB bbPress SMF MyBB
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
one level
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Trashcan Forum
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Anti-Spam and Security miniBB phpBB bbPress SMF MyBB
CAPTCHA
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Groups
No
Multiple groups
One group only
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Warnings
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
User Reports
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Other
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
An Akismet mod is available
Akismet plugin available.
Notification miniBB phpBB bbPress SMF MyBB
RSS/ATOM
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
0
Jabber
Plugin
Bookmarks
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Community miniBB phpBB bbPress SMF MyBB
Avatars
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Plugin
Patch
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Signatures
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Private Messaging
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Moderation miniBB phpBB bbPress SMF MyBB
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global
global, forums and threads
global and forums
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Plugin
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Search miniBB phpBB bbPress SMF MyBB
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization miniBB phpBB bbPress SMF MyBB
Languages
0
0
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global
global and forum specific
global
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Patch
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Skin-Editor
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Smiley Packs
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features miniBB phpBB bbPress SMF MyBB
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Calendar
Plugin
No
No
Yes
Yes
Friendly URLs
Optional
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Data Management miniBB phpBB bbPress SMF MyBB
Available Importers
Pruning
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Archiving
Plugin
No
Plugin
Plugin
No
Export Formats
Users' logins/emails can be exported in CSV or TXT
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
BBXF
WAP(2), IMode
Export private messages
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
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