Compare JavaBB vs PhpBB 3 vs YaBB

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Version 0.9 3.0.11 2.5 -
Last Release April 10, 2009 August 25, 2012 July 05th, 2010 -
GPL License GPL License Custom License -
Price Free Free Free -
Resources -
Easy to Use Perfection Easy to Use -
Installation Long & Difficult Fast & Simple Classical -
Administration Classical Categories Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast -
Community Size Medium Community Huge Community Medium Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
5.5/10 (32 votes)
8.4/10 (806 votes)
8.4/10 (134 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements JavaBB PhpBB 3 YaBB
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
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  • Apache Tomcat
  • JBoss
  • JoNas
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
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  • Java 1.4 - J2EE
  • Java 6 - JEE
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • Perl
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  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • Plain Text File
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Browsers & Clients
Requirements
Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox
Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer
Google ChromeGoogle Chrome
OperaOpera
Apple SafariApple Safari
KonquerorKonqueror
Mozilla SeaMonkeyMozilla SeaMonkey
Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox
Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer
Google ChromeGoogle Chrome
OperaOpera
Apple SafariApple Safari
KonquerorKonqueror
Mozilla SeaMonkeyMozilla SeaMonkey
Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox
Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer
Google ChromeGoogle Chrome
OperaOpera
Apple SafariApple Safari
KonquerorKonqueror
Mozilla SeaMonkeyMozilla SeaMonkey
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  • HTML
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • CSS
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Yes Yes Yes -
Languages
Supported Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Spanish
English (British)
English (American)
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
Albanian
Basque
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Belarusian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Danish
Estonian
Spanish
Finnish
French
Galician
Greek
Croatian
Hungarian
Indonesian
Hebrew
Persian
Italian
Japanese
Kurdish
Lithuanian
Dutch
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Swedish
Slovene
Sindhi
Slovak
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
English (British)
English (American)
Vietnamese
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
German
Danish
Spanish
Finnish
Polish
Russian
English (American)
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Compatibility with
Smartphones
No.
  • AndroidAndroid
  • iPhoneiPhone
  • BlackBerryBlackBerry
  • Windows Phone 7Windows Phone 7
  • Symbian Phones <em>(Nokia)</em>Symbian Phones (Nokia)
  • HP WebOS <em>(ex-Palm)</em>HP WebOS (ex-Palm)
No. -
Distribution No.
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
No. -
Threads / Topics JavaBB PhpBB 3 YaBB
Flat Flat Flat -
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
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- Plugin No -
Yes Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
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No Plugin No -
No No No -
Yes Yes Yes -
- Yes Yes -
Forum Posts JavaBB PhpBB 3 YaBB
  • Plain Text
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
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  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • BBCode
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- Plugin Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Plugin Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
No Plugin Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Image Attachment No.
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
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Embedded Videos No. No. No. -
Forum Features JavaBB PhpBB 3 YaBB
No Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
No Yes No -
No No No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Technical Features JavaBB PhpBB 3 YaBB
Bundled Software No. No. No. -
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
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Yes Yes Yes -
No. No. No. -
Cache System No Yes No -
  • Velocity
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email - No No -
User Profiles &
Options
JavaBB PhpBB 3 YaBB
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Signatures Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes Yes -
User Selectable
Themes
- Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
No Yes No -
Payment
Subscriptions
- No No -
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
- No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
User Blacklist No Yes Yes -
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes -
Customization JavaBB PhpBB 3 YaBB
No Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes
~735 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation -
Yes Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes
~262 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes No Yes Plugin -
Custom Emoticons - Yes Yes -
Custom
Thread Icons
No Yes No -
Custom
Profile Fields
No Yes Yes -
Third Applications &
Websites
No. No. -
No.
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
No. -
No.
No. -
Content Aggregation No. No. No. -
Moderation &
Threads Management
JavaBB PhpBB 3 YaBB
Moderation No.
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
No Yes Yes -
Global Moderator No Yes Yes -
Move Threads No Yes Yes -
Shadow Topics No Yes Yes -
Close/Lock Threads No Yes Yes -
Users
Management
User Groups Yes Yes Yes -
User Registration No.
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
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- Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes -
Send Warnings
to Users
No Yes No -
Access Control List Yes Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing No Yes Yes -
Installation &
Upgrading
JavaBB PhpBB 3 YaBB
Installation Method Manual Installation Installation Wizard Installation Wizard -
Upgrade Method Manual Upgrading Upgrade Wizard Manual Upgrading -
Update
Notifications
No Yes Yes -
Forum Migration - Yes No -
Database
Management
Backup Database No Yes Yes -
Prune Database No Yes Yes -
Restore Database No Yes Yes -
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes Yes -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
No Yes Yes -
Tasks Scheduler No Yes No -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • HTML 4.0
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
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  • CSS 1
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
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  • A
  • AA
  • AA
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No Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
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