phpBB vs. SMF vs. MyBB vs. miniBB

General phpBB SMF MyBB miniBB
Version
3.0.8
2.0.6
1.6.3
2.4
Release Date
2010-11-19 (8 years ago)
2013-10-21 (5 years ago)
2011-04-16 (8 years ago)
2008-08-17 (10 years ago)
Last Update here
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2013-10-25 (5 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2009-09-02 (9 years ago)
Author
The phpBB Group
Simple Machines
MyBB Group
miniBB Team
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
General Public License
BSD
Custom
GPL
License cost
0.00
0
US$0
Free
Main View
Thread-Type
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Setup phpBB SMF MyBB miniBB
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard
manual
Hosting available
No
No
No
No
Technology phpBB SMF MyBB miniBB
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
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
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts phpBB SMF MyBB miniBB
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
Plugin
Plugin
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Single
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
Forums phpBB SMF MyBB miniBB
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
Plugin
Yes
Anti-Spam and Security phpBB SMF MyBB miniBB
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 plugin available.
Notification phpBB SMF MyBB miniBB
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Jabber
0
Bookmarks
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Community phpBB SMF MyBB miniBB
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
Moderation phpBB SMF MyBB miniBB
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
Search phpBB SMF MyBB miniBB
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
Customization phpBB SMF MyBB miniBB
Languages
0
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
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 Features phpBB SMF MyBB miniBB
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Calendar
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Friendly URLs
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Optional
Data Management phpBB SMF MyBB miniBB
Available Importers
Pruning
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Archiving
No
Plugin
No
Plugin
Export Formats
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
WAP(2), IMode
Users' logins/emails can be exported in CSV or TXT
Export private messages
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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