Discourse is the 100% open source, next-generation discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet.
Whenever you need ...
- a mailing list
- a forum to discuss something
- a chat room where you can type paragraphs
... consider Discourse.
To learn more about the philosophy and goals of the project, visit discourse.org.
If you're brand new to Ruby and Rails, please see Discourse as Your First Rails App or our Discourse Vagrant Developer Guide, which includes instructions to get up and running in a development environment using a virtual machine.
If you're familiar with how Rails works and are comfortable setting up your own environment, use our Discourse Advanced Developer Guide.
Setting up a Discourse Forum
If you want to set up a Discourse forum for production use, see our Discourse Install Guide.
If you're looking for business class hosting, see discourse.org/buy.
Discourse is built for the next 10 years of the Internet, so our requirements are high:
|Safari 5+||iPad 2+||iOS 6+|
|Google Chrome 23+||Android 4.1+||Android 4.1+|
|Internet Explorer 10+||Windows 8||Windows Phone 8|
Internet Explorer 9.0 is technically supported, but it is our absolute minimum spec browser and may not be fully functional.
- Ruby on Rails — Our back end API is a Rails app. It responds to requests RESTfully and responds in JSON.
- Ember.js — Our front end is an Ember.js app that communicates with the Rails API.
- PostgreSQL — Our main data store is in Postgres.
- Redis — We use Redis for our job queue, rate limiting, as a cache and for transient data.
Plus lots of Ruby Gems, a complete list of which is at /master/Gemfile.
Discourse is 100% free and open-source. We encourage and support an active, healthy community that accepts contributions from the public. We'd like you to be a part of that community.
Before contributing to Discourse:
- Please read the complete mission statements on discourse.org. Yes we actually believe this stuff; you should too.
- Read and sign the Electronic Discourse Forums Contribution License Agreement.
- Dig into CONTRIBUTING.MD, which covers submitting bugs, requesting new features, preparing your code for a pull request, etc.
- Not sure what to work on? We've got some ideas.
We look forward to seeing your pull requests!
The Discourse Team
The original Discourse code contributors can be found in AUTHORS.MD. For a complete list of the many individuals that contributed to the design and implementation of Discourse, please refer to the official Discourse blog and GitHub's list of contributors.
Copyright / License
Copyright 2014 Civilized Discourse Construction Kit, Inc.
Licensed under the GNU General Public License Version 2.0 (or later); you may not use this work except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License in the LICENSE file, or at:
Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.
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Discourse is built with love, Internet style.