Feature List

GeneralpunBB Details
Version 1.2.14
Release Date 2006-10-15
Author PunBB Development Team
URL punbb.org
Free and Open Source Yes
License GNU General Public License
License cost 0
Programming Language PHP
UTF-8 Support No
Type Flat
Installation method  
Upgrade method  
Data StoragepunBB Details
Postgres Yes
Oracle No
SQLite Yes
Textfiles No
other No
Hosting available Yes
PostspunBB Details
BBCode Yes
HTML Patch
Emoticons Yes
Formatting Toolbar Patch
WYSIWYG Editor Patch
Quoting Nested
Syntax Highlighting Patch
Attachments No
ForumspunBB Details
Categories Yes
Subforums No
Last Post Yes
Redirect Forums Yes
Trashcan Forum No
Anti-Spam and SecuritypunBB Details
Groups One group only
Flood Control Yes
Blacklist Yes
Warnings No
Suspension Yes
Bans Yes
IP-Block Yes
Audit Logging  
User Reports  
NotificationpunBB Details
E-Mail Yes
Instant Messaging 0
Bookmarks Yes
CommunitypunBB Details
Avatars Yes
User Ranks Yes
Rating/Karma System Patch
Signatures Yes
Users Online List Yes
Private Messaging Patch
Custom profile fields Patch
ModerationpunBB Details
Moderators global and forums
Move Threads Yes
Split Threads Patch
Close Threads Yes
Shadow Topics Yes
Sticky Threads Yes
Important Threads No
SearchpunBB Details
Full-text search Yes
Author search Yes
Advanced search Yes
Unread Topics Session tracked
CustomizationpunBB Details
Languages 40
Templates global
Custom BBCodes Patch
Skin-Editor Plugin
Smiley Packs Patch
Plugins Yes
Special FeaturespunBB Details
Statistics Yes
Polls Patch
Calendar Patch
Friendly URLs Patch
Data ManagementpunBB Details
Pruning Yes
Archiving No
Export Formats  
Export private messages No
Lo-Fi View No


PunBB is a fast and lightweight PHP-powered discussion board. It is released under the GNU General Public License. Its primary goals are to be faster, smaller and less graphically intensive as compared to other discussion boards. PunBB has fewer features than many other discussion boards, but is generally faster and outputs smaller, semantically correct XHTML-compliant pages.

More info may be available in the Docs-Wiki


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Security Advisories

The following security advisories for punBB are listed at Secunia. You should always make sure to run an up-to-date version of the software and apply security related patches as soon as possible.

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