A Modern approach to discussion forums.

Discourse is a fully open-source modern approach to discussion forums. It offers everything your community, group or collective needs to create their communication platform, both public and private. It also gives possibility for individuals to create topics on subjects of their interest and find others to discuss it with, or simply join already existing community. Discourse is the 100% open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. It works as:

  • a mailing list
  • a discussion forum
  • a long-form chat room


Project Homepage: http://discourse.org

Source code

Feature highlights:

Mailing list and forum in one

Apart from forum, Discourse can be also used as a mailing-list. This solves the eternal fight between advocates of either option in your community and let's everyone enjoy communicating with each other in the way they think is best. You can start new topics and reply by sending an email, or use the web interface.

Mobile friendly interface

Discourse was designed for high resolution touch devices, with a built in mobile layout. No need for an external apps. You will always run the latest version of discourse since you do not need to manually update it yourself.

Public vs. private groups

You can start public or private forum groups that are self moderated. As a group administrator you will be able to manage who will participate in your forum group.

User Interface:

Discourse UI is not only beautiful but also practical:

  • Dynamic notifications will give you heads up whenever someone replies to your post, quotes you or mentiones your name, and if you aren't online, you'll get a notification via email.
  • No more discussions that are split into pages, the thread reveals while you scroll down.
  • Reply while you still read. With split screen you can still read other replies or threads, and dynamically add quotes, links and references.
  • Real time updates. If a topic changes while you are reading or responding to it, or new replies arrive, it will update automatically.

Search that actually works

Search from any page – just start typing and get results instantly as you type. Advanced search options for power users, too.