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.
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
- We've reimagined traditional forums for mass-appeal.
- Our theming flexibility is second-to-none.
- Impossibly good integration options with single sign-ons and embedding.
- The best tools available for community management.
- Curated features with great plugin options, not the kitchen sink.
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.
- Local Development - Environment, Configuration & Debugging & Build Tools.
- Running Unit tests.
- Coding Standard - PHP, Typescript, Database Naming
- Writing Pull Requests
- Contributing Guidelines
- Contributing to Translations
- Troubleshooting upgrades & installs
- Official documentation
- Vanilla community forums
- Official cloud hosting with professional support & migration services
- File a detailed bug report
- Plan out a new feature
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.
Releases & Branches
master branch is considered a stable branch capable of being released at any time. Reviewed, stable changes land against
master via pull-request.
Our open source release branches are named by version number, e.g.
release/3.3. All open source releases (included pre-releases) are tagged.
release/VERSION+BUILD branches are production-ready branches for our cloud product but are not yet vetted for open source release (alternate platforms & configurations).
|Initial Release||28 October 2019|
|Last Updated||28 October 2019|
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 © 2009-2019 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