Feature List

GeneralphpBB Details
Version 3.0.8
Release Date 20 Nov 2010
Author The phpBB Group
URL www.phpbb.com
Free and Open Source Yes
License General Public License
License cost 0.00
Programming Language PHP
UTF-8 Support Yes
Type Flat
Installation method wizard
Upgrade method wizard with manual interactions
Data StoragephpBB Details
Postgres Yes
Oracle Yes
SQLite Yes
Textfiles No
other FireBird 2.0+, MSSQL 2000+, MSSQL 2000+ (ODBC)
Hosting available No
PostsphpBB Details
BBCode Yes
Emoticons Yes
Formatting Toolbar Yes
Quoting Nested
Syntax Highlighting Yes
Attachments Multiple files
ForumsphpBB Details
Categories Yes
Subforums unlimited
Last Post Yes
Redirect Forums Yes
Trashcan Forum No
Anti-Spam and SecurityphpBB 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 Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
NotificationphpBB Details
E-Mail Yes
Instant Messaging Jabber
Bookmarks Yes
CommunityphpBB Details
Avatars Yes
User Ranks Yes
Rating/Karma System Patch
Signatures Yes
Users Online List Yes
Private Messaging Yes
Custom profile fields Yes
ModerationphpBB Details
Moderators global and forums
Move Threads Yes
Split Threads Yes
Close Threads Yes
Shadow Topics Yes
Sticky Threads Yes
Important Threads Yes
SearchphpBB Details
Full-text search Yes
Author search Yes
Advanced search Yes
Unread Topics Database tracked
CustomizationphpBB Details
Languages 48 at the time of writing, see www.phpbb.com
Templates global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes Yes
Skin-Editor Yes
Smiley Packs Yes
Plugins Yes
Special FeaturesphpBB Details
Statistics Yes
Polls Yes
Calendar No
Friendly URLs Plugin
Data ManagementphpBB Details
Pruning Yes
Archiving No
Export Formats SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
Export private messages Yes
Lo-Fi View Yes


phpBB is now in its third major version. Version 3.0 incorporates a professional-quality modular design, high security, multiple-language interface, support for a multitude of database servers and complete layout customisation, all with a low execution overhead.

More info may be available in the Docs-Wiki


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

A default phpBB install (using prosilver style)

The phpBB administration control panel

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