PHP Social Networks and Forums

Open-source PHP projects categorized as Social Networks and Forums

Top 15 PHP Social Networks and Forum Projects

  • Flarum

    Simple forum software for building great communities.

    Project mention: Posthog is closing their Slack community in favor of forum | | 2024-01-13
  • HumHub

    HumHub is an Open Source Enterprise Social Network. Easy to install, intuitive to use and extendable with countless freely available modules.

    Project mention: List of your reverse proxied services | /r/selfhosted | 2023-12-05

    Humhub for local Facebook.

  • InfluxDB

    Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale. Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.

  • PixelFed

    Photo Sharing. For Everyone.

    Project mention: Ask HN: Who wants to be hired? (January 2024) | | 2024-01-02

    Currently contributing to Pixelfed project to gain experience:

  • Vanilla Forums

    Vanilla is a powerfully simple discussion forum you can easily customize to make as unique as your community.

    Project mention: Ask HN: What forum software do you recommend? | | 2023-07-23
  • phpBB

    phpBB Development: phpBB is a popular open-source bulletin board written in PHP. This repository also contains the history of version 2.

    Project mention: InVision design collaboration services shutdown | | 2024-01-04
  • Elgg

    A social networking engine in PHP/MySQL

    Project mention: What is the most useful project you've ever worked on? | | 2024-04-06

    It's this:

    It's pretty long in the tooth now - it's pretty old! But there's an amazing community and new core team that still keeps it up to date.

  • Friendica

    Friendica Communications Platform

    Project mention: Facebook Groups alternatives? | /r/selfhosted | 2023-12-07

    You might want to look into some of the Facebook-like open-source social networking programs like Friendica, Hubzilla, Libervia, or GNU Social

  • WorkOS

    The modern identity platform for B2B SaaS. The APIs are flexible and easy-to-use, supporting authentication, user identity, and complex enterprise features like SSO and SCIM provisioning.

  • MyBB

    MyBB is a free and open source forum software.

    Project mention: Best way to host a small forum? | /r/webhosting | 2023-12-08

    Excellent! Glad we could get you sorted! Hosting can be scary and it's okay to be afraid to touch things or not understand certain settings or terms. Especially if you're new. The key is to read the documentation. For your forum needs, this can be found at and

  • OSSN

    Open Source Social Network (OSSN) is a social networking software written in PHP. It allows you to make a social networking website and helps your members build social relationships, with people who share similar professional or personal interests. It is available in 17 international languages.

    Project mention: OSSN as an alternative? | /r/Wordpress | 2023-08-22
  • Simple Machines Forum

    Simple Machines Forum — SMF in short — is free and open-source community forum software, delivering professional grade features in a package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes! (by SimpleMachines)

    Project mention: InVision design collaboration services shutdown | | 2024-01-04
  • FluxBB

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

  • Anahita

    Anahita is a platform and framework for developing open science and knowledge sharing applications on a social networking foundation.

  • BuddyPress

    BuddyPress DEVELOPMENT repo. This repository is just a mirror of the development SVN at Please include a link to a pre-existing ticket on with every pull request.

  • cartulary

    Web-based digital archiver.

  • Zusam

    Private groups to share messages, photos, videos, links with friends and family.

    Project mention: Substitute for Google Keep | /r/selfhosted | 2023-05-17
  • SaaSHub

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NOTE: The open source projects on this list are ordered by number of github stars. The number of mentions indicates repo mentiontions in the last 12 Months or since we started tracking (Dec 2020). The latest post mention was on 2024-04-06.

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What are some of the best open-source Social Networks and Forum projects in PHP? This list will help you:

Project Stars
1 Flarum 14,850
2 HumHub 6,214
3 PixelFed 5,396
4 Vanilla Forums 2,814
5 phpBB 1,774
6 Elgg 1,621
7 Friendica 1,369
8 MyBB 1,027
9 OSSN 1,027
10 Simple Machines Forum 574
11 FluxBB 503
12 Anahita 431
13 BuddyPress 223
14 cartulary 179
15 Zusam 169
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