Feature List

GeneralYaBB Details
Version 2.5 AE
Release Date July 5, 2010
Author YaBB Development Team
URL www.yabbforum.com
Free and Open Source Yes
License YPL (Modified GNU GPL)
License cost Free
Programming Language Perl
UTF-8 Support Yes
Type Flat
Installation method wizard
Upgrade method wizard with manual interactions
Data StorageYaBB Details
Postgres No
Oracle No
SQLite No
Textfiles Yes
other backup/restore system; YaBB 3 (in development) will support any type
Hosting available Yes
PostsYaBB Details
BBCode Yes
HTML Optional
Emoticons Yes
Formatting Toolbar Yes
WYSIWYG Editor Yes
Quoting Nested
Syntax Highlighting Yes
Attachments Multiple files
ForumsYaBB Details
Categories Yes
Subforums one level
Last Post Yes
Redirect Forums Patch
Trashcan Forum Optional
Anti-Spam and SecurityYaBB Details
CAPTCHA Optional
Groups Multiple groups
Flood Control Yes
ACLs Yes
Blacklist Yes
Warnings Optional
Suspension Yes
Bans Yes
IP-Block Yes
Audit Logging Optional
User Reports Optional
Other trademark "the Guardian" system
NotificationYaBB Details
E-Mail Yes
Instant Messaging Private message notifications and broadcast messages
Bookmarks Yes
CommunityYaBB Details
Avatars Yes
User Ranks Yes
Rating/Karma System Patch
Signatures Yes
Users Online List Yes
Private Messaging Yes
Custom profile fields Yes
ModerationYaBB Details
Moderators global and forums
Move Threads Yes
Split Threads Yes
Close Threads Yes
Shadow Topics Yes
Sticky Threads Yes
Important Threads Yes
SearchYaBB Details
Full-text search Yes
Author search Yes
Advanced search Yes
Unread Topics Database tracked
CustomizationYaBB Details
Languages English, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Chinese... many more
Templates global
Custom BBCodes Plugin
Skin-Editor Yes
Smiley Packs Yes
Plugins Yes
Special FeaturesYaBB Details
Statistics Yes
Polls Yes
Calendar Patch
Friendly URLs Optional
Data ManagementYaBB Details
Pruning Yes
Archiving No
Export Formats print layout; storage folders
Export private messages No
Lo-Fi View Yes


YaBB is a leading FREE forum software package that rivals professional message boards and has existed since 2000! It provides a chat and support system for your visitors. Build a community and get visitors to come back for interesting discussions, fun chit chat, or needed support without having to spend thousands of dollars.

Why choose YaBB? This system is the world's first and most popular open-source Perl forum software! You control every aspect of your forum, including the many advanced security and flooding enhancements and various other features. There are NO ads placed on your forum, and it's still free. Don't have a database like MySQL? No problem with YaBB's custom flat-file database system.

More info may be available in the Docs-Wiki


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

Forum Index

This is the main page of the forum. You can see a list of the categories and boards, in addition to a variety of statistics and news.

Message Index

This is the listing of topics in a board. Each topic summary is displayed in chronological order below the next, with alternating colors. Many moderation tools also reside on this page.

Topic Display

This is a typical topic display. Each post is displayed in chronological order below the next, with alternating colors.

Admin Center

This is the YaBB "Admin Center" in which administrators and global moderators can change forum settings, customize the various template parts, ban members, change security settings, view statistics, and much much more!

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