Compare PhpBB 3 vs vBulletin 4 vs XenForo

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Version 3.1.2 4.1.1 1.3.4 -
Last Release November, 25 2014 December 26, 2010 July 15th, 2014 -
GPL License Proprietary License Proprietary License -
Price Free $195 for Forum, $285 for Publishing Suite $140 for a Standard License, $250 for Brand Removal -
Resources -
Perfection Perfection Perfection -
Installation Fast & Simple Fast & Simple Easy to Do -
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Really Intuitive -
Community Size Huge Community Huge Community Huge Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
8.4/10 (832 votes)
4.3/10 (464 votes)
7.9/10 (349 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4 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
  • 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
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
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  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 5
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  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • MySQL
  • 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
Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox
Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer
Google ChromeGoogle Chrome
OperaOpera
Apple SafariApple Safari
KonquerorKonqueror
Mozilla SeaMonkeyMozilla SeaMonkey
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  • AJAX
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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Yes Yes Yes -
Languages
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:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Danish
French
Greek
Italian
Dutch
Portuguese
Romanian
Swedish
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)
  • 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
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Web Application
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Threads / Topics PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4 XenForo
Flat Flat/Threaded Flat -
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Tags
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
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Plugin Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Plugin -
- Yes Yes -
Plugin Yes No -
No Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Posts PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4 XenForo
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
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  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • BBCode
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Plugin No No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
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Embedded Videos No.
  • YouTube
No. -
Forum Features PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4 XenForo
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Plugin -
No Yes Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Technical Features PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4 XenForo
Bundled Software No.
  • Website Home Page
  • CMS
  • Blog
  • Bug Tracker
  • Projet Manager
  • Pictures Album Manager
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  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
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Yes Yes Yes -
No. No. No. -
Cache System Yes Yes Yes -
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email No No No -
User Profiles &
Options
PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4 XenForo
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Signatures Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes Yes -
User Selectable
Themes
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
Yes Yes No -
Payment
Subscriptions
No Yes Yes -
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No No -
Yes Yes Yes -
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes -
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes -
Customization PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4 XenForo
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes Yes
~175 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Normal [++[ Very Easy -
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes Yes
~80 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Yes Yes Yes -
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes Yes -
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Yes Plugin -
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Yes Yes -
Third Applications &
Websites
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  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
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Content Aggregation No. No. No. -
Moderation &
Threads Management
PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4 XenForo
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
Yes Yes Yes -
Global Moderator Yes Yes Yes -
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Shadow Topics Yes Yes Yes -
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Users
Management
User Groups Yes Yes Yes -
User Registration
  • 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
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • 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
Yes Yes Yes -
Access Control List Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing Yes Yes Yes -
Installation &
Upgrading
PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4 XenForo
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard -
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard -
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Migration Yes Yes Yes -
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes No -
Prune Database Yes Yes No -
Restore Database Yes Yes No -
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes Yes -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes Yes Yes -
Tasks Scheduler Yes Yes Yes -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • HTML 5
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  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
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  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
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Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
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