MyBB vs. phpBB vs. SMF vs. Phorum vs. XMB vs. Beehive Forum

General MyBB phpBB SMF Phorum XMB Beehive Forum
Version
1.6.3
3.0.8
2.0.6
5.2.9a
1.9.11
1.4.7
Release Date
2011-04-16 (8 years ago)
2010-11-19 (8 years ago)
2013-10-21 (5 years ago)
2008-10-12 (10 years ago)
Febuary 28, 2009
2015-06-03 (4 years ago)
Last Update here
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2013-10-25 (5 years ago)
2008-10-16 (10 years ago)
2012-03-02 (7 years ago)
2016-02-08 (3 years ago)
Author
MyBB Group
The phpBB Group
Simple Machines
Phorum Dev Team
The XMB Group
Matt Beale, Mark Rendle
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
Custom
General Public License
BSD
The Phorum License (BSD)
General Public License
GPL
License cost
US$0
0.00
0
0
0.00
0
Main View
Thread-Type
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Setup MyBB phpBB SMF Phorum XMB Beehive Forum
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Hosting available
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Technology MyBB phpBB SMF Phorum XMB Beehive Forum
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
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts MyBB phpBB SMF Phorum XMB Beehive Forum
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
No
HTML
Yes
No
Yes
Optional
Optional
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
Plugin
No
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
Forums MyBB phpBB SMF Phorum XMB Beehive Forum
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
multiple levels
one level
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Trashcan Forum
Plugin
No
Yes
No
No
Optional
Anti-Spam and Security MyBB phpBB SMF Phorum XMB Beehive Forum
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
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
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Unknown
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
User Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other
Akismet plugin available.
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
An Akismet mod is available
Aksimet Plugin
Worming, Pilllorying
Notification MyBB phpBB SMF Phorum XMB Beehive Forum
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Jabber
0
Yes
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Community MyBB phpBB SMF Phorum XMB Beehive Forum
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Rating/Karma System
Yes
Patch
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Optional
Moderation MyBB phpBB SMF Phorum XMB Beehive Forum
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Search MyBB phpBB SMF Phorum XMB Beehive Forum
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Session tracked
Database tracked
Customization MyBB phpBB SMF Phorum XMB Beehive Forum
Languages
0
0
0
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
CSS only
Custom BBCodes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
No
Skin-Editor
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Smiley Packs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Optional
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Special Features MyBB phpBB SMF Phorum XMB Beehive Forum
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Calendar
Yes
No
Yes
No
Plugin
No
Friendly URLs
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
No
Data Management MyBB phpBB SMF Phorum XMB Beehive Forum
Available Importers
Pruning
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Archiving
No
No
Plugin
No
No
Unknown
Export Formats
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
WAP(2), IMode
Export private messages
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
No
Yes
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
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