Discourse vs Flarum


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Discourse vs Flarum: What are the differences?

Developers describe Discourse as "The 100% open source, next-generation discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet". 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. On the other hand, Flarum is detailed as "Delightfully simple open-source forum software". Flarum is the next-generation forum software that makes online discussion fun. It's simple, fast, and free.

Discourse and Flarum can be primarily classified as "Forums" tools.

Some of the features offered by Discourse are:

  • Remembers your place
  • Log in with … anything
  • Paste to share images

On the other hand, Flarum provides the following key features:

  • Two-Pane Interface
  • Infinite Scrolling
  • Floating Composer

"Open source" is the top reason why over 20 developers like Discourse, while over 2 developers mention "Elegant" as the leading cause for choosing Flarum.

Discourse and Flarum are both open source tools. It seems that Discourse with 28.6K GitHub stars and 6.47K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Flarum with 9.04K GitHub stars and 994 GitHub forks.

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