OvBB vs. phpBB vs. XMB vs. SMF vs. Vanilla vs. Phorum

General OvBB phpBB XMB SMF Vanilla Phorum
Version
0.16a
3.0.8
1.9.11
2.0.6
2.6.4
5.2.9a
Release Date
2007-04-05 (12 years ago)
2010-11-19 (8 years ago)
Febuary 28, 2009
2013-10-21 (5 years ago)
2018-10-28 (8 months ago)
2008-10-12 (10 years ago)
Last Update here
2008-01-21 (11 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2012-03-02 (7 years ago)
2013-10-25 (5 years ago)
2018-11-01 (8 months ago)
2008-10-16 (10 years ago)
Author
Jonathon Freeman & Brian Otto
The phpBB Group
The XMB Group
Simple Machines
Vanilla Forums Inc
Phorum Dev Team
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
MIT
General Public License
General Public License
BSD
GPL
The Phorum License (BSD)
License cost
0
0.00
0.00
0
0
0
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Flat
Flat
Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Setup OvBB phpBB XMB SMF Vanilla Phorum
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard
manual
wizard
Hosting available
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Technology OvBB phpBB XMB SMF Vanilla Phorum
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
php
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL 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
1
MySQL Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts OvBB phpBB XMB SMF Vanilla Phorum
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Optional
HTML
No
No
Optional
Yes
Yes
Optional
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Optional
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Optional
WYSIWYG Editor
No
No
No
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Single
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums OvBB phpBB XMB SMF Vanilla Phorum
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
No
unlimited
one level
unlimited
unlimited
multiple levels
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Trashcan Forum
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Anti-Spam and Security OvBB phpBB XMB SMF Vanilla Phorum
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Groups
One group only
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Suspension
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
User Reports
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Other
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
An Akismet mod is available
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Aksimet Plugin
Notification OvBB phpBB XMB SMF Vanilla Phorum
RSS/ATOM
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
No
Jabber
0
Bookmarks
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Community OvBB phpBB XMB SMF Vanilla Phorum
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Rating/Karma System
No
Patch
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Moderation OvBB phpBB XMB SMF Vanilla Phorum
Moderators
global
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global, forums and threads
global and forums
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Search OvBB phpBB XMB SMF Vanilla Phorum
Full-text search
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Session tracked
Database tracked
Session tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization OvBB phpBB XMB SMF Vanilla Phorum
Languages
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
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Templates
global
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
No
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Skin-Editor
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Smiley Packs
No
Yes
Optional
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features OvBB phpBB XMB SMF Vanilla Phorum
Statistics
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Calendar
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
No
Friendly URLs
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Data Management OvBB phpBB XMB SMF Vanilla Phorum
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Archiving
No
No
No
Plugin
Yes
No
Export Formats
No
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
WAP(2), IMode
Proprietary or MySQLDump
Export private messages
No
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
No
Lo-Fi View
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
remove OvBB remove phpBB remove XMB remove SMF remove Vanilla remove Phorum