Compare MyBB vs XenForo

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Version 1.6.12 1.3.4 --
Last Release December 16, 2013 July 15th, 2014 --
GPL License Proprietary License --
Price Free $140 for a Standard License, $250 for Brand Removal --
Resources --
Easy to Use Perfection --
Installation Easy to Do Easy to Do --
Administration Efficient & Fast Really Intuitive --
Community Size Big Community Huge Community --
Our Opinion --
User Reviews
9.2/10 (1992 votes)
7.9/10 (349 votes)
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Demonstration --
Server Requirements MyBB XenForo
  • 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 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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  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 5
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  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • MySQL
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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
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  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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Yes Yes --
Languages
Supported Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Estonian
Spanish
French
Greek
Hungarian
Persian
Dutch
Urdu
Polish
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Turkish
English (British)
English (American)
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
Albanian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Spanish
French
Hungarian
Indonesian
Icelandic
Italian
Dutch
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Swedish
Turkish
Ukrainian
English (British)
English (American)
Afrikaans
Chinese (Traditional)
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Compatibility with
Smartphones
  • 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)
  • AndroidAndroid
  • iPhoneiPhone
  • BlackBerryBlackBerry
  • Windows Phone 7Windows Phone 7
  • Symbian Phones <em>(Nokia)</em>Symbian Phones (Nokia)
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Distribution
  • Web Application
  • Web Application
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Threads / Topics MyBB XenForo
Flat/Threaded Flat --
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
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Plugin No --
Yes Yes --
Yes Plugin --
Yes Yes --
No No --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Forum Posts MyBB XenForo
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
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  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • BBCode
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Plugin No --
Yes Yes --
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes --
Plugin Plugin --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
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Embedded Videos No. No. --
Forum Features MyBB XenForo
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Plugin --
Yes Plugin --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Technical Features MyBB XenForo
Bundled Software
  • Portal
  • Wiki
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
No. --
  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
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Yes Yes --
No. No. --
Cache System Yes Yes --
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email Plugin No --
User Profiles &
Options
MyBB XenForo
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Signatures Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes --
User Selectable
Themes
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Export
Private Messages
Yes No --
Payment
Subscriptions
Plugin Yes --
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes --
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Normal --
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No --
Yes Yes --
User Blacklist Yes Yes --
IP Blocking Yes Yes --
Customization MyBB XenForo
Yes
~495 Available Plugins.
Yes
~175 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Easy [++[ Very Easy --
Yes
~270 Available Themes.
Yes
~80 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Yes Yes --
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes --
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Plugin --
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Yes --
Third Applications &
Websites
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No.
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
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No.
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Content Aggregation No. No. --
Moderation &
Threads Management
MyBB XenForo
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
Yes Yes --
Global Moderator Yes Yes --
Move Threads Yes Yes --
Shadow Topics Yes Yes --
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes --
Users
Management
User Groups Yes Yes --
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
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Plugin - --
Yes Yes --
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes --
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes Yes --
Access Control List Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Mass Mailing Yes Yes --
Installation &
Upgrading
MyBB XenForo
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard --
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard --
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes --
Forum Migration Yes Yes --
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes No --
Prune Database Yes No --
Restore Database Yes No --
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes --
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes Yes --
Tasks Scheduler Yes Yes --
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • HTML 5
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  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
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  • AA
  • AA
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Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
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