Vanilla is a powerfully simple discussion forum you can easily customize to make as unique as your community.
Vanilla was born out of the desire to create flexible, customizable, and downright entertaining community solutions. Vanilla has been used to power tens of thousands of community forums around the world and we couldn't be happier if you've decided to use Vanilla to grow yours.
Forum Rich Editor Dashboard
Every community is unique. Vanilla is a finely-crafted platform on which designers and developers can build a custom-tailored environment that meets your community's particular needs.
5 reasons Vanilla is the sweetest forum
The current version of Vanilla requires PHP 7.2+ and MySQL 5.7+. The following PHP extensions are also required: cURL, DOM, Fileinfo, GD, intl, JSON, libxml, PDO
Upgrading from an earlier version of Vanilla? See our upgrade notes.
Changes to Fulltext Indexing
Full-text index support has been disabled by default as of Vanilla 4. To enable full-text index support, add a
FullTextIndexing key under the
Database section of your site config and set its value to
true. Failure to add this config value will result in full-text indexes being removed from Vanilla's database tables.
Reporting Security Issues
We'll work on releasing an updated version as quickly as possible. Please do not email non-security issues; use the issue tracker instead.
Vanilla releases are built using Phing to create a pre-built deploy-ready copies of Vanilla. To build these run the following in the root of the repository.
The following dependenies are all required for building a release.
License & Legal Stuff
Vanilla is free, open source software distributed under the license
We accept and encourage contributions from our community and sometimes give hugs in return.
Copyright © 2009-2022 Vanilla Forums Inc.
Vanilla Forums is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
Vanilla Forums is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with Vanilla Forums.
If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/. Contact Vanilla Forums Inc. at support [at] vanillaforums [dot] com
Twice a month we will interview people behind open source businesses. We will talk about how they are building a business on top of open source projects.
We'll never share your email with anyone else.