MyBB Alternatives

MyBB Alternatives

MyBB is a discussion board software that runs on PHP and MySQL.. read more.
According to people there are many software similar to it, and the best alternative to MyBB is bbPress which is both free and open source. Other highly recommended applications include phpBB (Free) , NodeBB (Free,Commercial) and Vanilla (Free,Commercial).
In total people have suggested 12 alternatives to MyBB that share similarities by use case and feature set.


bbPress is forum software from the creators of WordPress. With bbPress you can quickly setup a forum for asyncronous discussion and subscriptions for your WordPress-powered site.

Free & Open Source


One of the world most popular, free, open-source and self-hosted forum software, written in PHP. With phpBB you can create communities that can be hosted with most hosting providers. The software package is built and designed from the ground up to to be extensible and provides customization option through themes and feature extensions through plugins. The extensive database of user-created extensions and styles database, easy of use, and the simple installation process has made phpBB a common choice among self-hosted forums and communities.

Free & Open Source


NodeBB is an open source forum software powered by Node.js and supports either Redis, MongoDB, or a PostgreSQL database. With NodeBB you can self-host communities with instant interactions and real-time notifications powered with the help of web sockets. Thousands of organizations have also stared their communites with NodeBB SaaS product, free from self-service and maintinance.

Free , Commercial & Open Source


Create an online community that your customers will love. Vanilla's forum software is used by top brands to engage customers, drive loyalty and reduce support costs. The software is provided free and open-source as a self-hosted solution and can be bought by businesses and enterprises as a managed and hosted solution.

Free , Commercial


Intuitive. Social. Engaging. Fast. XenForo brings a fresh outlook to forum software.


LayerBB is a small yet feature rich, free and open-source community software written in PHP. LayerBB enables you to quickly and easily start your own community while providing great flexibility and customisability.

Free & Open Source

Simple Machines Forum

Simple Machines Forum or SMF in short is a free and open-source forum software. SMF can be used to build your own online community that you self-host on a host of your choice. Simple Machines Forum comes packed with features for customization, extension and management of your community. The template engine puts you in control of the design of your community. The plugin architecture makes it easy to extend and provide further feautres though third-party built packages. 

Free & Open Source


A free and open-source modern forum software written in PHP. With Flarum you can eaisly setup your own discussion froum and host it online.

Free & Open Source

MyPHP Forum

MyPHP Forum is an advanced bulletin board system written in PHP with MySQL as backbone data storage.

Gossamer Forum

Gossamer Forum is a forum software to create an online community.

Asgaros Forum

Asgaros Forum is a forum solution for WordPress.

How Are These MyBB Alternatives Generated?

Information found on this page is crowd-sourced by the community and contains the most agreed upon MyBB alternatives. You can use this information to find similar software to MyBB for specific platforms with various pricing options and licenses. Anyone that have previously used MyBB can suggest alternatives, vote on the accuracy of other users claims, and help more people in the process of doing so.

This page was last updated on Sun 23 Jan 2022 (3 weeks, 1 day ago).