💬 NodeBB

NodeBB offers well-known and extensible F/OSS forum software for your growing community. NodeBB is trusted by some large communities, and has extensibility built in with lots of other features for you to use.

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NodeBB is the next generation community forum platform. Built on open source software, we’ve helped hundreds of companies engage their customers.

NodeBB (code) is a very popular community forum that's easy to host and extensible. Built with NodeJS, developing for it is easy to do and it's got a permissive license (GPL3.0) that encourages experimentation.

It looks great, and is trusted by large orgs like Opera:

Opera forums powered by NodeBB (source: https://forums.opera.com/)

Along with simply looking good, NodeBB has documentation to read through along with decent intall instructions for common platforms like Ubuntu. There's also a useful demo application you can try if you want to get a feel for the product.

Along with being a great self-hostable tool, NodeBB offers professional "one click" paid hosting. It's not cheap, but it is an option for those with the budget and the community size.

Running NodeBB

NodeBB is unfortunately not so docker friendly (there is no official documentation/quick start guide on using docker) but there is an official container image at least. There's also a docker-compose.yml in the repository but it's not very prescriptive.

That said NodeBB's documentation is full of examples on how to install for various platforms:

So you can either pave your own way with docker (and piece together the configuration schemes and how to use the docker image) or use some built-in options.