Feature List

GeneralXenForo Details
Version 1.5.2
Release Date 10/20/2015
Author XenForo Ltd
URL xenforo.com
Free and Open Source No
License commercial / visible source
License cost $140
Programming Language PHP
UTF-8 Support Yes
Type Flat
Installation method wizard
Upgrade method wizard
Data StorageXenForo Details
Postgres No
Oracle No
SQLite No
Textfiles No
other NA
Hosting available No
PostsXenForo Details
BBCode Yes
Emoticons Yes
Formatting Toolbar Yes
WYSIWYG Editor Yes
Quoting Single
Syntax Highlighting Yes
Attachments Multiple files
ForumsXenForo Details
Categories Yes
Subforums unlimited
Last Post Yes
Redirect Forums Yes
Trashcan Forum No
Anti-Spam and SecurityXenForo Details
Groups Multiple groups
Flood Control Yes
ACLs Yes
Blacklist Yes
Warnings Yes
Suspension Yes
Bans Yes
IP-Block Yes
Audit Logging Yes
User Reports Yes
Other Advanced Spam Manager "Spam Cleaner", Questions and Answer System
NotificationXenForo Details
E-Mail Yes
Instant Messaging No
Bookmarks Yes
CommunityXenForo Details
Avatars Yes
User Ranks Yes
Rating/Karma System Yes
Signatures Yes
Users Online List Yes
Private Messaging Yes
Custom profile fields Yes
ModerationXenForo Details
Moderators global and forums
Move Threads Yes
Split Threads Yes
Close Threads Yes
Shadow Topics Yes
Sticky Threads Yes
Important Threads No
SearchXenForo Details
Full-text search Yes
Author search Yes
Advanced search Yes
Unread Topics Database tracked
CustomizationXenForo Details
Languages English by default, other languages available via the community
Templates global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes Yes
Skin-Editor Yes
Smiley Packs Yes
Plugins Yes
Special FeaturesXenForo Details
Statistics Yes
Polls Yes
Calendar No
Friendly URLs Yes
Data ManagementXenForo Details
Pruning Yes
Archiving No
Export Formats NA
Export private messages No
Lo-Fi View No


Xenforo is a professional community software developed by Kier Darby and Mike Sullivan. XenForo prides itself not only in its vast array of innovative social engagement features, but also in its superior quality stability. XenForo makes it easy to keep your community visitors and customers coming back again and again by allowing easy, intuitive, interaction. XenForo also features a state of the art administrative panel streamlined for ease of use. Ease of use, however, does not mean a lack of power. For example, XenForo has a unique, powerful, permissions system allowing the full customization of permissions down to the individual user. XenForo's ease of use is unmatched, allowing anyone from the most experienced developer to someone with absolutely no coding experience to style, set-up, and manage their community.

XenForo offers a free demo and an active customer forum to help you explore whether XenForo is right for your business or community.

More info may be available in the Docs-Wiki


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These screenshots should give you a first impression how XenForo looks like. Remember: The look of many forums can be changed by stylesheets or templates so these are only examples.

XenForo Admin Panel Home

The home screen of the XenForo administrative panel. From here, numerous general functions can be accessed from the homepage, or one can dive further into the additional administrative functions.

User Editing

Editing users is simple and clean in XenForo. Every function in the XenForo administrative panel is well organized and intuitive, allowing for less time dealing with clutter and more time managing your community.

Creating and Editing Skins/Styles

Editing styles has never been easier. XenForo includes an intuitive advanced style editor with clear labels and instructions so you know exactly what you are editing. Also included is a simplified style editor for changes to the overall color scheme (not pictured).

Handling Spam Painlessly

With XenForo's "Spam Cleaner" it's easy to get rid of spam. The Spam Cleaner option appears for users that meet certain criteria set in the administrator panel (such as days registered less than x, etc). Spam Cleaner allows you to simultaneously ban the user, delete all their content, and cross-check their account for other accounts sharing the same IP address. If you make a mistake, all actions by Spam Cleaner can be reversed via the administrative panel.

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