NodeBB – community platform for the modern web

NodeBB is Node.js based forum software built for the modern web.

It uses web sockets for instant interactions and real-time notifications.

NodeBB has many modern features out of the box such as social network integration and streaming discussions, while still making sure to be compatible with older browsers.

Features include:

  • Modern Design – mobile-first and real-time interactions
  • Real-time streaming with instant notifications, streaming posts, and real-time chats. NodeBB integrates real-time events in the background – your users are notified instantly when someone follows them, likes their post, or subscribes to their topics. Native multi-tasking support allows you to have streaming conversations with multiple people side-by-side.
  • Social interactions – users earn reputation from others when posting helpful comments – gamifying and engaging your community.
  • Social integration – share content with Facebook, Google, and Twitter.
  • Cloud integrations – Slack, Pushbullet, Mailchimp, and more.
  • Theming engine is very flexible.
  • One-click install plugin and themes. NodeBB has over 300 plugins and themes to choose from.
  • Advanced search – find the content you’re looking for with the help of several search filters designed to fine-tune your search results.
  • Spam prevention – integrates with several spam prevention tools including Akismet, StopForumSpam, and Project Honeypot.
  • Roles and Permission – create private or read-only categories with access control. Give users or groups special roles to view or moderate content.
  • Tags – users can tag topics, adding an extra dimension beyond categorization and making it easy to find related content.
  • SEO – enhance ranking with human-readable URls, semantic HTML with embedded microdata, and more.
  • API – publically facing read-only API as well as a REST write API, making it easy to integrate with your software.
  • Powerful and intuitive admin panel.
  • Analytics dashboard.
  • Drag-and-drop widgets.
  • Internationalization support – over 50 languages actively translated.

Support: Documentation, GitHub Code Repository
License: GNU General Public License v3.0

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NodeBB requires the following software to be installed:

  • A version of Node.js at least 10 or greater (installation/upgrade instructions).
  • Redis, version 2.8.9 or higher or MongoDB, version 2.6 or higher.
  • nginx, version 1.3.13 or higher (only if intending to use nginx to proxy requests to a NodeBB).

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