Django Forum Apps Comparison

Important: This page is obsolete since started hosting "grid" pages for comparing Django apps. Please add any information about Django forum apps on the Forums grid. Also, please migrate any missing information from this page to the grid. Fully migrated data should be removed from this page.

Background about this page: Yvan Seth's blog entry Django Forum Software from December 2007 listed a few well-known discussion forum applications for Django back then. This page continued on the same tracks and tried to gather a comparison of essential features in those applications.

Features evaluated
Feature Description
demo If the application has a public demo site, a link and login/password are given.
guest-post Visitors can post messages without registration.
notify An administrator can be notified by E-mail and/or SMS about new messages. Note that this feature should be trivial to add to most apps with signals and external code only.
pre-moderate It's possible to hide new messages until they are approved by an administrator.
post-moderate The app provides a user interface for removing messages.
comment Any Django model instance can have a message thread attached to it.
forum The app provides the concept of a forum inside which message threads are grouped.
title Individual messages can have their own titles.
modify Users can modify messages.
msg-history When message are modified, everyone can see the change history.
private Users can send private messages to other users.

Summary of major Django forum/discussion apps and their support for the above features
Application Author(s) License demo guest-post notify pre-moderate post-moderate comment forum title modify msg-history private
Askbot Evgeny Fadeev GNU GPL Support forum no yes no yes yes yes yes yes yes no
contrib.comments Django authors ? ? yes no? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
DjangoBB Alexey Afinogenov, Sergey Maranchuk BSD Forum in use no yes no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
comment-utils James Bennett BSD ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
django-threadedcomments Eric Florenzano BSD Here yes yes yes yes yes no no yes no no
django-forum Ross Poulton BSD Soon no yes no yes * no yes no no no no
counterpoint Collin Grady MIT no no no no yes no yes ? yes no no
Django Forum Jonathan Buchanan MIT no no no no yes no yes no yes no no
snapboard Bo Shi, JW Mayfield BSD Forum in use no no no yes no yes * no yes yes yes
MyghtyBoard Piotr Malinski GNU GPL Forum in use yes * yes * no yes not yet yes no yes no no
Sphene Herbert Poul BSD anonymous yes, with CAPTCHA* reg * no* kind of* no yes yes yes no no
Zyons(dead link) Ian Holsman? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
PyBB Grigoriy Petukhov BSD Forum in use no no no yes no yes no yes no no
Django-ForumBR Italo Maia Apache Forum in use no yes no yes no yes yes yes no yes
django-simpleforum James Pells GNU GPL no? no no no yes no yes yes no no no
django-mptt-comments Øyvind Saltvik BSD no yes no no no ? no yes no no no
Dinette Usware Technologies BSD, GBL The Usware Forum no ? ? ? ? yes ? ? ? ?
LBForum vicalloy BSD LBForum no no no yes * no yes yes no no no
Column headings and * symbols reveal verbose descriptions when the mouse pointer hovers over them.

This page was originally created by akaihola. There was a django-users thread about this page.


Jonathan Buchanan: django-discussion is not actively maintained or developed at this time (parts of it were extracted into Django MPTT) – django-threadedcomments looks like a more complete and feature-rich implementation of the type of functionality it provided, so I've removed discussion and put threadedcomments in its place. The link to the threadedcomments demo doesn't work

To do

Ideas for making the forum grid better:

  • add column for supported Django versions/revisions/branches
  • add "import" column, e.g.: import the existing phpBB2 forum data
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