Feature Comparison

GeneralphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsminiBB Details
Version 3.0.8 2.0.6 4.1.5 2.4
Release Date 20 Nov 2010 October 22nd, 2013 2011-07-27 18-Aug-2008
Author The phpBB Group Simple Machines vBulletin Solutions miniBB Team
URL www.phpbb.com www.simplemachines.org www.vbulletin.com www.minibb.com
Free and Open Source Yes Yes No Yes
License General Public License BSD commercial / visible source GPL
License cost 0.00 0 $285 Suite or $195 Forum Free
Programming Language PHP PHP PHP PHP
UTF-8 Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Type Flat Flat Threaded or Flat Flat
Installation method wizard wizard wizard wizard
Upgrade method wizard with manual interactions wizard wizard with manual interactions manual
Data StoragephpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsminiBB Details
MySQL Yes Yes Yes Yes
Postgres Yes Yes No  
Oracle Yes No No  
SQLite Yes Yes No  
Textfiles No No No No
other FireBird 2.0+, MSSQL 2000+, MSSQL 2000+ (ODBC)      
Hosting available No No No No
PostsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsminiBB Details
BBCode Yes Yes Yes Yes
HTML No Yes Yes Optional
Emoticons Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Formatting Toolbar Yes Yes Yes Plugin
WYSIWYG Editor No Yes Yes Plugin
Quoting Nested Nested Nested Single
Syntax Highlighting Yes Yes Yes Yes
Attachments Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files
ForumsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsminiBB Details
Categories Yes Yes Yes Yes
Subforums unlimited unlimited unlimited one level
Last Post Yes Yes Yes Yes
Redirect Forums Yes Yes Yes No
Trashcan Forum No Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Spam and SecurityphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsminiBB Details
CAPTCHA Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Groups Multiple groups Multiple groups Multiple groups No
Flood Control Yes Yes Yes Plugin
ACLs Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Blacklist Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Warnings Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Suspension Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bans Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP-Block Yes Yes Yes Yes
Audit Logging Yes Yes Yes Plugin
User Reports Yes Yes Yes No
Other Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions An Akismet mod is available Akismet  
NotificationphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsminiBB Details
RSS/ATOM Yes Yes Yes Plugin
E-Mail Yes Yes Yes Yes
Instant Messaging Jabber     0
Bookmarks Yes Plugin Yes Plugin
CommunityphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsminiBB Details
Avatars Yes Yes Yes Plugin
User Ranks Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Rating/Karma System Patch Yes Yes Plugin
Signatures Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Users Online List Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Private Messaging Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Custom profile fields Yes Yes Yes Plugin
ModerationphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsminiBB Details
Moderators global and forums global, forums and threads global and forums global and forums
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Split Threads Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Close Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Sticky Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Important Threads Yes Plugin Yes Plugin
SearchphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsminiBB Details
Full-text search Yes Yes Yes Yes
Author search Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced search Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unread Topics Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked
CustomizationphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsminiBB Details
Languages 48 at the time of writing, see www.phpbb.com 47 Official: English, German; Translatable into any language more than 40 available
Templates global and forum specific global and forum specific global and forum specific global
Custom BBCodes Yes Plugin Yes Patch
Skin-Editor Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Smiley Packs Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Plugins Yes Yes Yes Yes
Special FeaturesphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsminiBB Details
Statistics Yes Yes Yes Yes
Polls Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Calendar No Yes Yes Plugin
Friendly URLs Plugin Plugin Yes Optional
Data ManagementphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsminiBB Details
Pruning Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Archiving No Plugin Yes Plugin
Export Formats SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2 WAP(2), IMode Single Table CSV, Single and Multi-Table SQL Users' logins/emails can be exported in CSV or TXT
Export private messages Yes Plugin Yes Plugin
Lo-Fi View Yes Yes Yes Yes
Last updated2011-06-222013-10-252011-08-262009-09-02

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