phpBB vs. MyBB vs. XMB vs. Vanilla vs. Phorum vs. vBulletin

General phpBB MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum vBulletin
Version
3.0.8
1.6.3
1.9.11
2.6.4
5.2.9a
4.1.5
Release Date
2010-11-19 (10 years ago)
2011-04-16 (10 years ago)
Febuary 28, 2009
2018-10-28 (2 years ago)
2008-10-12 (12 years ago)
2011-07-26 (10 years ago)
Last Update here
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
2012-03-02 (9 years ago)
2018-11-01 (2 years ago)
2008-10-16 (12 years ago)
2011-08-25 (9 years ago)
Author
The phpBB Group
MyBB Group
The XMB Group
Vanilla Forums Inc
Phorum Dev Team
vBulletin Solutions
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
License
General Public License
Custom
General Public License
GPL
The Phorum License (BSD)
commercial / visible source
License cost
0.00
US$0
0.00
0
0
$285 Suite or $195 Forum
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Setup phpBB MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum vBulletin
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard
manual
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
Hosting available
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Technology phpBB MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum vBulletin
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
php
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
1
MySQL Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts phpBB MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum vBulletin
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Optional
Yes
HTML
No
Yes
Optional
Yes
Optional
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Optional
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Optional
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
No
Plugin
No
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Single
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums phpBB MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum vBulletin
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
unlimited
unlimited
one level
unlimited
multiple levels
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Trashcan Forum
No
Plugin
No
Yes
No
Yes
Anti-Spam and Security phpBB MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum vBulletin
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
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
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
User Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Other
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
Akismet plugin available.
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Aksimet Plugin
Akismet
Notification phpBB MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum vBulletin
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Jabber
0
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Community phpBB MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum vBulletin
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Patch
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Moderation phpBB MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum vBulletin
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global and forums
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Search phpBB MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum vBulletin
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Session tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization phpBB MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum vBulletin
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
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Skin-Editor
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Smiley Packs
Yes
Yes
Optional
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features phpBB MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum vBulletin
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Calendar
No
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
No
Yes
Friendly URLs
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Data Management phpBB MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum vBulletin
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Archiving
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Export Formats
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
Proprietary or MySQLDump
Single Table CSV, Single and Multi-Table SQL
Export private messages
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
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