phpBB - Open Source Discussion Forum Software

phpBB Free Forum Software

Reliable, Secure and Free Internet Bulletin Board Software

Widely used and proven open source community discussion forum software with best in class security system to deliver adequate social communication experience.


phpBB is free and open source flat-style discussion forum software that is most widely used and time tested since last two decades. Its comfy forum structure and broad hierarchy phpBB gives flat message structure instead of threaded one, which is considerably easier for the users. It has meticulous security system that let you ban users by username, name and IP address. Its advance search feature let you easily apply full-text search and other advance search operations.

phpBB has strong community support, wide range of plugins and themes are available to customize or extend functionality as per your business needs. It is supports integration with popular CMS e.g. Wordpress, Joomla, Durpal. It also offers social networks integration extensions to connect your forum Facebook and Twitter. phpBB supports various types of attachment options and wide range languages. It incorporates all the features you hope to discover in the present best in class forum software.

System Requirements

phpBB is PHP based online community builder software that support various databases. It requires following software.

  • PHP 7.1.3+
  • Any of following Database
    • MySQL 4.1.3+
    • MariaDB 5.1+
    • MS SQL Server 2000+
    • Oracle
    • PostgreSQL 8.3+
    • SQLite 3.6.15+
  • Nigix / IIS


phpBB is the world’s driving Open Source flat style community discussion board software. It incorporates all the modern features that you anticipate from top discussion forum software. Key features include

  • Users
  • Moderators
  • Usergroups
  • Private Messaging
  • Security
  • Anti-spam
  • Data Management
  • Caching
  • Styles
  • Permissions
  • Attachments
  • Forums
  • Administration
  • Search System
  • Plugins
  • Notifications


Installation using Github

Make sure you have installed PHP, Supported Database and Nigix / IIS before installing the phpBB.

Create a document root directory where NodeBB should locate in:

Clone the latest phpBB repository into document root folder:

git clone

Navigate to phpBB directory

cd phpBB

Run the following commands to install phpBB’s dependencies

php ../composer.phar install

After running this command, you should be able to access phpBB Web Installer in your browser. Now follow the web installer steps and you have installed the phpBB.