FluxBB is fast, light, user-friendly forum software for your website.

FluxBB is designed as a lighter, faster alternative to some of the traditional feature heavy forum applications. It is easy to use and has a proven track record of stability and security making it an ideal choice of forum for your website.

Features

  • Supports PHP4 & PHP5
  • Easy installation and setup
  • Open-source (GNU General Public Licence)
  • Clean admin interface
  • Flexible permission system
  • Lots of community modifications

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The current stable release is FluxBB v1.5.8.

It is time for an update on the status of FluxBB 2.0. Development has been progressing, albeit very slowly. This is, in part, caused by time constraints, but there are many other things that could be better: I decided to develop the forum using components from the Laravel framework, a tool I am very comfortable with, but which none of the other developers have used before. I could have done better in making it clear which tasks can be taken up by volunteers, where I need help, from things that are easy to pick up to complex architectural decisions. Communication, basically. Things have to get better.

Therefore, I am delighted to announce that FluxBB 2.0 will from now on be part of the Flarum project. Flarum is being developed by Toby Zerner, the creator of the esoTalk forum software.

What is this Flarum thing?

The vision for Flarum is very similar to the one we have for FluxBB 2.0: provide a very basic forum software that brings all the essential features a forum needs, and nothing else. Users should be able to customize their forums to their liking, using extensions that are easy to install and can modify and extend the forum core. Toby outlined his ideas for Flarum in a post on his blog. Flarum is currently at a point in its development that's very similar to that of FluxBB 2.0. Its backend is built on the same foundation (the Laravel framework), so we can truly merge some of our code.

What does this mean for FluxBB?

First of all, nothing should change for you. We will continue to support the 1.5 branch, providing regular maintenance releases as we used to. When Flarum hits beta, we will start providing an upgrade path for users of older FluxBB versions. But don't worry, we won't leave you alone with your FluxBB forums. As long as a significant fraction of users still run FluxBB, we will continue to support the latest version, at least with security fixes.

We believe that this decision is for the very best of the FluxBB community. To be honest: seeing the previous pace of development, FluxBB 2.0 would have still been a long time away. With Toby taking time off college to develop Flarum and determined to implement his roadmap, you will likely be able to test-drive a new forum soon. Also, our skill sets are quite complementary: Toby will work his frontend magic to deliver a pleasant user experience, while I will focus on developing the backend and making that as fast as possible.

I encourage you to check out a very early demo of Flarum to see what it's all about.

If you're interested in contributing (code or wise thoughts) to the development of Flarum, head over to the development forum and post away.

Please let us know any feedback you have - we want to hear your comments, questions and concerns.