Application: phpBB
Type: Forum


Cost: Free
Licence: Open Source

phpBB is the most widely used open source online bulletin board. Used by millions, with phpBB users can easily create a forum style website with a number of different features.

Sites such as AdBlock Plus have as many as 10 million daily users and over 100 thousand extension downloads daily, use phpBB to support their users.



  • As the name suggests phpBB is entirely written using PHP
  • Since phpBB is compatible with UTF-8, phpBB ensures compatibility with almost every language worldwide
  • Multiple styles can be installed to the board meaning a user can choose which he or she likes the most giving users a more personal experience
  • A hashing system is used before passwords are entered into the system to ensure maximum security
  • phpBB uses CAPTCHAs during registration, including Google’s reCAPTCHA
  • To prevent spam phpBB provides the option to limit the number of posts or personal messages sent in a given time period
  • Designated administrators or moderators have the power to permanently ban or suspend users
  • Administrators and moderators are also able to send users warnings which can be set to expire automatically
  • Users will have the ability to flag abusive content for moderators


phpBB supports a wide variety of database storage servers, including:

  • MySQL
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • PostgresSQL
  • Oracle Database
  • SQLite
Updated on 14th November 2018

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