phpBB vs. bbPress vs. SMF vs. Vanilla vs. MyBB

General phpBB bbPress SMF Vanilla MyBB
Version
3.0.8
0.9.0.4
2.0.6
2.6.4
1.6.3
Release Date
2010-11-19 (8 years ago)
2009-01-02 (10 years ago)
2013-10-21 (5 years ago)
2018-10-28 (9 months ago)
2011-04-16 (8 years ago)
Last Update here
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2009-03-11 (10 years ago)
2013-10-25 (5 years ago)
2018-11-01 (9 months ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
Author
The phpBB Group
bbpress.org
Simple Machines
Vanilla Forums Inc
MyBB Group
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
General Public License
GPL2
BSD
GPL
Custom
License cost
0.00
0
0
0
US$0
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Flat
Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Setup phpBB bbPress SMF Vanilla MyBB
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard
manual
wizard
Hosting available
No
No
No
Yes
No
Technology phpBB bbPress SMF Vanilla MyBB
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
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
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts phpBB bbPress SMF Vanilla MyBB
BBCode
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
HTML
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
No
No
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Single
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums phpBB bbPress SMF Vanilla MyBB
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Trashcan Forum
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Anti-Spam and Security phpBB bbPress SMF Vanilla MyBB
CAPTCHA
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Groups
Multiple groups
One group only
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Suspension
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Reports
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Other
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
An Akismet mod is available
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Akismet plugin available.
Notification phpBB bbPress SMF Vanilla MyBB
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Jabber
Plugin
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Community phpBB bbPress SMF Vanilla MyBB
Avatars
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Patch
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Signatures
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Moderation phpBB bbPress SMF Vanilla MyBB
Moderators
global and forums
global
global, forums and threads
global, forums and threads
global and forums
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Search phpBB bbPress SMF Vanilla MyBB
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization phpBB bbPress SMF Vanilla MyBB
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
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Templates
global and forum specific
global
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Skin-Editor
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Smiley Packs
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features phpBB bbPress SMF Vanilla MyBB
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Calendar
No
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Friendly URLs
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Data Management phpBB bbPress SMF Vanilla MyBB
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Archiving
No
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
No
Export Formats
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
BBXF
WAP(2), IMode
Proprietary or MySQLDump
Export private messages
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
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