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Alternatives to Flarum

Discourse, BuddyPress, XenForo, Threads Forum, and PeerBoard are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Flarum.
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What is Flarum and what are its top alternatives?

Flarum is the next-generation forum software that makes online discussion fun. It's simple, fast, and free.
Flarum is a tool in the Forums category of a tech stack.
Flarum is an open source tool with 13.3K GitHub stars and 1.4K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Flarum's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Flarum

  • Discourse
    Discourse

    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. ...

  • BuddyPress
    BuddyPress

    It is a software that helps you build any kind of community website using WordPress, with member profiles, activity streams, user groups, messaging, and more. ...

  • 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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Discourse

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The 100% open source, next-generation discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet.
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PROS OF DISCOURSE
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    Open source
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    Fast
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    Email digests
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    Better than a stereotypical forum
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    Perfect for communities of any size
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    It's perfect to build real communities
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    Made by same folks from stackoverflow
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    Built with Ember.js
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    Great customer support
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    Made by consolidated team with a working business
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    Translated into a lot of Languages
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    Configurations
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    Easy flag resolution
CONS OF DISCOURSE
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    Heavy on server
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    Difficult to extend
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    Notifications aren't great on mobile due to being a PWA

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Josh Dzielak
Co-Founder & CTO at Orbit · | 19 upvotes · 396.2K 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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BuddyPress

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Fun & flexible software for online communities, teams, and groups
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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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