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Alternatives to Discourse

Disqus, Flarum, Discord, Slack, and XenForo are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Discourse.
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What is Discourse and what are its top alternatives?

Discourse is a simple, flat forum, where replies flow down the page in a line. Replies are attached to the bottom and top of each post, so you can optionally expand the context of the conversation – without breaking your flow.
Discourse is a tool in the Forums category of a tech stack.
Discourse is an open source tool with 36.2K GitHub stars and 7.8K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Discourse's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Discourse

  • Disqus
    Disqus

    Disqus looks to make it very easy and rewarding for people to interact on websites using its system. Commenters can build reputation and carry their contributions from one website to the next. ...

  • Flarum
    Flarum

    Flarum is the next-generation forum software that makes online discussion fun. It's simple, fast, and free. ...

  • Discord
    Discord

    Discord is a modern free voice & text chat app for groups of gamers. Our resilient Erlang backend running on the cloud has built in DDoS protection with automatic server failover. ...

  • Slack
    Slack

    Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together. ...

  • XenForo
    XenForo

    It is a commercial Internet forum software package written in the PHP programming language. ...

  • Threads Forum
    Threads Forum

    It is designed to help teams inform, discuss, and make decisions at scale. For leaders at every level of a company, it is a platform for work that best delivers on decision making by tapping into the collective wisdom of an entire team, providing everyone with a voice to assure better business outcomes. ...

  • PeerBoard
    PeerBoard

    It is a modern community platform designed to live as an organic part of your existing website or product. Now you can easily create an engaged discussion space wherever your users already are - no more siloed external platforms or legacy forums! ...

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Disqus

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Elevating the discussion, anywhere on the web.
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PROS OF DISQUS
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    Ease of use
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    Free
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    Great ui
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    Sign-up not required
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    Wordpress integration
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    Replies
  • 18
    Up votes
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    Threaded discussion
  • 6
    Easy ghost integration
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    Tumblr Integration
CONS OF DISQUS
  • 4
    Ads
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    Poor support
  • 1
    Bugs with migration tool

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Niall Geoghegan
at experiential psychotherapy institute · | 8 upvotes · 54.8K views

I created a Squarespace website with multiple blog pages. I discovered that the native Squarespace commenting tool is not currently capable of letting people subscribe to my blog pages if they are using Google Chrome or Safari! I then discovered that Disqus email verification doesn't work with Yahoo Mail. I also hate that there's no way to turn off that email verification (which I don't need since I moderate all comments anyway). So I want to use a different commenting system. I've read some good things about Commento. Three questions: (1) will it work on a Squarespace site? (I'll pay a developer to integrate it for me) (2) Does it have its own issues/elements that don't work smoothly, similar to the other two? (3) Is there another plugin I should be considering for my Squarespace site?

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Flarum

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Delightfully simple open-source forum software
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PROS OF FLARUM
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    Elegant
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    Open source
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    Fast
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    Simple
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    UX
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    Extendable
CONS OF FLARUM
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    Discord

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    All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone
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    PROS OF DISCORD
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      Unlimited Users
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      Unlimited Channels
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      Easy to use
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      Voice Chat
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      Fast and easy set-ups and connections
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      Clean UI
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      Mobile Friendly
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      Free
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      Android App
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      Mention system
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      Customizable notifications on per channel basis
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      Customizable ranks/permissions
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      Good code embedding
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      IOS app
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      Vast Webhook Support
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      Dark mode
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      Easy context switching between work and home
    • 14
      Roles
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      Easy to develop for
    • 12
      Great Communities
    • 12
      Great Customer Support
    • 12
      Bot control
    • 12
      Very Resource Friendly
    • 11
      Video call meeting
    • 11
      Robust
    • 11
      Video Call Conference
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      Able to hold 99 people in one call
    • 10
      Sharing screen layer
    • 9
      Shares screen with other member
    • 9
      Easy Server Setup and joining system
    • 9
      Great browser experience
    • 8
      Easy
    • 7
      Easy to code bots for
    • 7
      Lower bandwidth requirements than competitors
    • 5
      Noice
    • 3
      Easily set up custom emoji
    CONS OF DISCORD
    • 9
      For gamers
    • 9
      Not as many integrations as Slack
    • 4
      Limited file size
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      For everyone
    • 3
      Sends data to US Gov
    • 1
      Unsupportive Support
    • 1
      Suspected Pedophiles in few servers
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      Undescriptive in global ban reasons

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    Josh Dzielak
    Co-Founder & CTO at Orbit · | 19 upvotes · 391.3K views

    Shortly after I joined Algolia as a developer advocate, I knew I wanted to establish a place for the community to congregate and share their projects, questions and advice. There are a ton of platforms out there that can be used to host communities, and they tend to fall into two categories - real-time sync (like chat) and async (like forums). Because the community was already large, I felt that a chat platform like Discord or Gitter might be overwhelming and opted for a forum-like solution instead (which would also create content that's searchable from Google).

    I looked at paid, closed-source options like AnswerHub and ForumBee and old-school solutions like phpBB and vBulletin, but none seemed to offer the power, flexibility and developer-friendliness of Discourse. Discourse is open source, written in Rails with Ember.js on the front-end. That made me confident I could modify it to meet our exact needs. Discourse's own forum is very active which made me confident I could get help if I needed it.

    It took about a month to get Discourse up-and-running and make authentication tied to algolia.com via the SSO plugin. Adding additional plugins for moderation or look-and-feel customization was fairly straightforward, and I even created a plugin to make the forum content searchable with Algolia. To stay on top of answering questions and moderation, we used the Discourse API to publish new messages into our Slack. All-in-all I would say we were happy with Discourse - the only caveat would be that it's very helpful to have technical knowledge as well as Rails knowledge in order to get the most out of it.

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    From a StackShare Community member: “We’re about to start a chat group for our open source project (over 5K stars on GitHub) so we can let our community collaborate more closely. The obvious choice would be Slack (k8s and a ton of major projects use it), but we’ve seen Gitter (webpack uses it) for a lot of open source projects, Discord (Vue.js moved to them), and as of late I’m seeing Spectrum more and more often. Does anyone have experience with these or other alternatives? Is it even worth assessing all these options, or should we just go with Slack? Some things that are important to us: free, all the regular integrations (GitHub, Heroku, etc), mobile & desktop apps, and open source is of course a plus."

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    Slack logo

    Slack

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    Bring all your communication together in one place
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    PROS OF SLACK
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      Easy to integrate with
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      Excellent interface on multiple platforms
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      Free
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      Mobile friendly
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      People really enjoy using it
    • 331
      Great integrations
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      Flexible notification preferences
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      Unlimited users
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      Strong search and data archiving
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      Multi domain switching support
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      Easy to use
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      Beautiful
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      Hubot support
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      Unread/read control
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      Slackbot
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      Permalink for each messages
    • 17
      Text snippet with highlighting
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      Quote message easily
    • 14
      Per-room notification
    • 13
      Awesome integration support
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      IRC gateway
    • 12
      Star for each message / attached files
    • 11
      Dropbox Integration
    • 11
      Good communication within a team
    • 10
      Jira Integration
    • 10
      Slick, search is great
    • 9
      New Relic Integration
    • 8
      Combine All Services Quickly
    • 8
      Asana Integration
    • 8
      Great communication tool
    • 7
      XMPP gateway
    • 7
      Google Drive Integration
    • 7
      Awesomeness
    • 7
      This tool understands developers
    • 6
      Google Docs Integration
    • 6
      Replaces email
    • 6
      Twitter Integration
    • 6
      BitBucket integration
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      Guest and Restricted user control
    • 5
      GREAT Customer Support / Quick Response to Feedback
    • 5
      Jenkins Integration
    • 4
      Excellent multi platform internal communication tool
    • 4
      Clean UI
    • 4
      Gathers all my communications in one place
    • 4
      GitHub integration
    • 4
      Mention list view
    • 3
      Easy to add a reaction
    • 3
      Great on-boarding
    • 3
      Threaded chat
    • 3
      Easy to start working with
    • 3
      Perfect implementation of chat + integrations
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      Easy
    • 3
      Timely while non intrusive
    • 3
      Visual Studio Integration
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      Simplicity
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      Android app
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      It's basically an improved (although closed) IRC
    • 2
      Great interface
    • 2
      Eases collaboration for geographically dispersed teams
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      Message Actions
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      So much better than email
    • 2
      Great Channel Customization
    • 2
      Intuitive, easy to use, great integrations
    • 2
      Markdown
    • 1
      Integrates with just about everything
    • 1
      Great Support Team
    • 1
      Multi work-space support
    • 1
      Very customizable
    • 1
      Flexible and Accessible
    • 1
      Better User Experience
    • 1
      API
    • 1
      Travis CI integration
    • 1
      It's the coolest IM ever
    • 1
      Community
    • 1
      Great API
    • 1
      Easy remote communication
    • 1
      Get less busy
    • 1
      Targetprocess integration
    • 1
      Finally with terrible "threading"—I miss Flowdock
    • 1
      Complete with plenty of Electron BLOAT
    • 1
      I was 666 star :D
    • 1
      Dev communication Made Easy
    • 1
      Archive Importing
    • 0
      Platforms
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      Easy to useL
    CONS OF SLACK
    • 12
      Can be distracting depending on how you use it
    • 6
      Requires some management for large teams
    • 5
      Limit messages history
    • 4
      Too expensive
    • 4
      You don't really own your messages
    • 3
      Too many notifications by default

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    Lucas Litton
    Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 24 upvotes · 169.9K views

    Sentry has been essential to our development approach. Nobody likes errors or apps that crash. We use Sentry heavily during Node.js and React development. Our developers are able to see error reports, crashes, user's browsers, and more, all in one place. Sentry also seamlessly integrates with Asana, Slack, and GitHub.

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    Yonas Beshawred

    Using Screenhero via Slack was getting to be pretty horrible. Video and sound quality was often times pretty bad and worst of all the service just wasn't reliable. We all had high hopes when the acquisition went through but ultimately, the product just didn't live up to expectations. We ended up trying Zoom after I had heard about it from some friends at other companies. We noticed the video/sound quality was better, and more importantly it was super reliable. The Slack integration was awesome (just type /zoom and it starts a call)

    You can schedule recurring calls which is helpful. There's a G Suite (Google Calendar) integration which lets you add a Zoom call (w/dial in info + link to web/mobile) with the click of a button.

    Meeting recordings (video and audio) are really nice, you get recordings stored in the cloud on the higher tier plans. One of our engineers, Jerome, actually built a cool little Slack integration using the Slack API and Zoom API so that every time a recording is processed, a link gets posted to the "event-recordings" channel. The iOS app is great too!

    #WebAndVideoConferencing #videochat

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    XenForo

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    A compelling community experience
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        Threads Forum

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        A modern forum for work where focused discussions and decisions take place
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            PeerBoard

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            Embed a community into any website
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