Phorum – free message board system written in PHP

Phorum is an open source flat-threaded message board system written in PHP.

Phorum uses a database to manage its messages. It focuses on a generic but customizable user interface and high quality administration functionality.

Phorum is mature software with development started in 1998.

Features include:

  • Announcements.
  • Sticky topics – topics that stay at the top of the forum they are posted in and do not get bumped down as new topics are posted.
  • Unread Topics.
  • Spell checker.
  • Attachments.
  • Posting:
    • Quick reply box.
    • Smileys.
    • Syntax highlights.
    • Attachments.
    • Message Rating.
    • Message Quoting.
  • Supports posting in plain text, HTML, and BBCode.
  • User:
    • Email notification
    • User selectable timezone (admin may disable it).
    • User selectable forum-language.
    • User selectable forum-template (admin may disable it).
    • File storage area.
    • Private Messages.
  • Moderation:
    • Moderate registration.
    • Proactive message moderation.
    • Moderation from message list.
  • Move threads.
    • Hide messages / threads.
    • Notice in Phorum pages when moderation is pending.
  • Plugins.
  • Spam Hurdles module is included, which includes a number of spam prevention tools, including CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart).
  • Localization support with many languages supported including Arabic, Albanian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Hebrew, Romanian, and Swedish.

Support: Documentation, Blog, Support Forums, GitHub
Developer: Phorum Development Team
License: Phorum License, a BSD style license

Requirements to run Phorum are:

  • A webserver (like Apache or Microsoft IIS).
  • PHP, version 5.2 or above.
  • A MySQL server, version 5.0 or above.


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