PHP Social Networks and Forums

Open-source PHP projects categorized as Social Networks and Forums

Top 16 PHP Social Networks and Forum Projects

  • Flarum

    Simple forum software for building great communities.

    Project mention: First release of LemmyBB, a federated bulletin board written in Rust | | 2022-11-02
  • HumHub

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

    Project mention: Please help a girl out 😘 | | 2022-09-17
  • Cloudways

    The Cloudways Speed Up Challenge 2022. Do you have what it takes to speed up a sluggish WooCommerce store so well that it gives relentless online growth? If yes, then now's your chance to prove your optimization skills by participating in the year's biggest speed up challenge and get rewarded BIG for your efforts.

  • PixelFed

    Photo Sharing. For Everyone.

    Project mention: Instagram Is Over | | 2022-12-03

    Pixelfed is the droid you're looking for. You can find a server to join at and then support the project via Patreon for $1/month (or more).

  • Vanilla Forums

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

  • 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: ‘I am 30 years old and I miss the old internet. The beautiful people are in charge, just like everywhere else’ | | 2022-10-16

    All the old forum software is still "out there" and still being developed, like vbulletin and phpBB so in principle there's no reason why we couldn't bring them back...

  • Elgg

    A social networking engine in PHP/MySQL

    Project mention: is there a CMS that produces social networks or communities? | | 2022-10-15


  • Friendica

    Friendica Communications Platform

    Project mention: Which facebook alternative is the closest to facebook feature-wise | | 2022-11-24

    There's friendica which is decentralised but you had to host your own server or at least join some random server but if you don't mind setting up a server for it, you might like it.

  • Scout APM

    Truly a developer’s best friend. Scout APM is great for developers who want to find and fix performance issues in their applications. With Scout, we'll take care of the bugs so you can focus on building great things 🚀.

  • 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: self hosted social media for families? | | 2022-08-07

    I liked Open Source Social Network (OSSN).

  • MyBB

    MyBB is a free and open source forum software.

    Project mention: How can I create a forum using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript? | | 2022-08-09

    As u/Marble_Wraith mentioned. You will find more help and information at r/webdev. That being said, building a Forum is somewhat complex, if you're planning to do so from scratch without any prior knowledge this could be a challenging first task. If it's also an option to use a pre-build app, then is a good starting point. You can also find some information on YouTube about how to get it running.

  • Simple Machines Forum

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

  • FluxBB

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

    Project mention: Arch Linux Forms Emailing Plaintext Passwords | | 2022-02-22

    There are no passwords stored plain. The platform that powers the bbs is open source and tiny. You can check in <5 min that it's not doing anything shady here.

  • 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.

    Project mention: New theme system is incoming! Basically you can create iOS &amp; Android mobile apps or even Windows &amp; MacOS programs with.. a WordPress Theme! You can self-host your data in your server. | | 2022-12-02

    My long-term plan: Adding BuddyPress support ( ) so basically wordpress+quasar social system with groups, forums, private chats etc. Adding WooCommerce support ( ) so e-commerce..

  • cartulary

    Web-based digital archiver.

  • Zusam

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

    Project mention: Any self-hosted service for vacation/trip planning with friends and sharing photos. | | 2022-08-26
  • GNU social

    GNU social is social communication software for both public and private communications.

  • InfluxDB

    Build time-series-based applications quickly and at scale.. InfluxDB is the Time Series Data Platform where developers build real-time applications for analytics, IoT and cloud-native services in less time with less code.

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 2022-12-03.

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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 13,495
2 HumHub 5,948
3 PixelFed 4,191
4 Vanilla Forums 2,606
5 phpBB 1,586
6 Elgg 1,555
7 Friendica 1,121
8 OSSN 912
9 MyBB 889
10 Simple Machines Forum 484
11 FluxBB 476
12 Anahita 409
13 BuddyPress 197
14 cartulary 172
15 Zusam 103
16 GNU social 93
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