Flarum is a delightfully simple discussion platform for your website. It’s fast and easy to use, with all the features you need to run a successful community. It is designed to be:
- Beautiful and responsive. This is forum software for humans. Flarum is carefully designed to be consistent and intuitive across platforms, out-of-the-box.
- Powerful and extensible. Customize, extend, and integrate Flarum to suit your community. Flarum’s architecture is amazingly flexible, with a powerful Extension API.
Best Project Using Flarum
- Discuss.Flarum.org (Official Website)
- WebDeveloper.com (English Forum)
- Board.Phpbuilder.com (English Forum)
- FAQ.ma (Arabic Forum)
- Kater.me (Chinese Forum)
- Forum.Fibra.click (Italian Forum)
- Forum.Osticket.com (English Forum)
- Forum.batocera.org (English Forum)
- Forum.aapanel.com (English Forum)
- Indieclub.one (Chinese Forum)
You must have SSH access to a server with PHP 7.2+ and MySQL 5.6+, and install Composer.
composer create-project flarum/flarum . --stability=beta
Thank you for considering contributing to Flarum! Please read the Contributing guide to learn how you can help.
This repository only holds the Flarum skeleton application. Most development happens in flarum/core.
If you discover a security vulnerability within Flarum, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. All security vulnerabilities will be promptly addressed.
1 – Elegant UI
Flarum looks and feels great out of the box. The user interface is streamlined so you can spend less time clicking and more time talking.
Quickly work your way through unread discussions, without having to go back to the discussion list or open dozens of tabs. Bring your mouse to the left side of the screen and the discussion list will conveniently appear.
Keep on scrolling, without having to wait for the next page of posts to load. Flarum lets you scrub anywhere in a discussion quickly and easily. It remembers your position if you come back after navigating away.
Read while you write. Flarum’s reply form slides up from the bottom of the page, so you can scroll up to read posts – and even visit other discussions – while you draft your reply.
2 – Touch-Optimized
Flarum is fully responsive by default, and not just as an afterthought.
The interface has been optimized for touch, with big buttons, smooth animations, and gestures aplenty.
Swipe a discussion to the right to mark it as read. Swipe it to the left to bring up more controls. This webpage is on steroids.
Animations take advantage of hardware acceleration, so they’re silky smooth and won’t slow you down.
Optimized, Inside and Out
The desktop and mobile versions of Flarum use exactly the same templates. That means less work for developers, and a more consistent interface for users, no matter what size your device.
3 – Fast & Lightweight
Fast to Load
Not everyone has access to a speedy Internet connection. We’ve made sure Flarum’s assets are as small as possible, so your users won’t turn away because a page is taking too long to load.
Performance You Can Trust
Flarum is built by the developers of esoTalk and FluxBB, two of the fastest and lightest forum platforms around. We have a track record of taking performance seriously.
4 – Easy Installation
You shouldn’t have to be a sysadmin to set up a forum.
Flarum takes 30 seconds to install, and anyone can do it.
Upload & Run
Flarum is a simple PHP/MySQL application that runs great on any low-end shared host or VPS. Just upload the script and visit it in your web browser. That’s it.
Import Your Data
Once Flarum is stable, we plan to build importers so you can easily migrate your data from older forum software such as EsoTalk, FluxBB, and more.
5 – Extensible Architecture
From day one, Flarum was made to be highly extensible. Make your forum work for you – not the other way around.
Comprehensive and well-documented APIs let you quickly and easily develop new functionality. Once stable, we’ll follow SemVer, so you won’t have to worry about your extensions breaking without warning. READ THE DOCS
6 – Themeable
Make Flarum your own. Customise how your forum looks and feels without breaking a sweat.
Easily change the color scheme and upload a logo (coming soon). If you like darkness, there’s a switch for that.
Built with Less
Want to do more? Flarum’s stylesheets are written in Less, a CSS preprocessor. You can override variables to change many aspects of your forum’s skin at once.
7 – Notifications
Never miss a post. Or a Like. Or a Mention. Flarum has first-class notifications out of the box.
Notifications are grouped by discussion and post to make them easier to process. They can be marked as read individually or all at once.
Pick and choose what you want to receive notifications for. You can opt-in to receive email alerts too.
Receive daily or weekly digest emails with the best content you’ve missed. Subscribe to users and tags.
8 – Tags
Organizing discussions has never been simpler. In Flarum, the flexibility of tags meets the structure of categories and sub-forums.
Most forums have the main hierarchy of categories, forums, and sub-forums – with tags tacked on the top. Flarum does away with all this complexity, and just has tags. They can have colors, positions, and hierarchy.
Receive notifications for new discussions in a tag. Style tags with background images.
Flarum puts the tag list front-and-centre when you’re starting a discussion, so you can focus on picking the right tags. Just choose all the relevant topics, and you’re done.
9 – Replies & Mentions
Mention users and reply to specific posts to make the discussion flow. The linear discussion just got an added dimension.
Quickly reply to a specific post by typing the @ character. Flarum will list the most recent users and posts in the discussion.
Quote a post without cluttering up your reply. The username you’re replying to will be displayed in your reply, and hovering over it will show a preview of the post’s content.
Posts keep track of how many people have replied to them. You can see an overview of all the replies to a post without going anywhere.
10 – Powerful Permissions
Take control of your forum with fine-grained permissions.
Assign permissions per-tag for extra flexibility.
Flarum’s intuitive grid view makes setting up permissions a breeze. You can see and change everything in one place.
Make certain tags only visible to select groups. Control how long users can edit their discussions and posts.
11 – More features
Search for discussions, posts, and users all in one place. More powerful search criteria coming soon.
Enable Pusher integration to have new posts and discussions appear as they happen. Self-hosted push coming soon.
Search Engine Optimization
Flarum’s interface is fully translatable. We’re working to ensure that every language gets first-class treatment with plurals, genderization, and more.
Stick discussions to the top of the list for users who haven’t read them yet. Lock discussions so only moderators can post. Suspend misbehaving users.
Markdown, BBCode, and Emoji are supported out of the box, with a live preview. The formatting system is extensible too.