vichan - A lightweight and full featured PHP imageboard.
vichan is a free light-weight, fast, highly configurable and user-friendly imageboard software package. It is written in PHP and has few dependencies.
In November 2017, Marcin Łabanowski (@czaks) retired as maintainer for personal reasons. His retirement may be temporary, but in his absence, Fredrick Brennan (@ctrlcctrlv), co-maintainer since 2013, and #3 in terms of number of commits, took his place as interim sole maintianer and point of contact. (See issue #266)
Security problems can be reported to Fredrick Brennan at his email: COPYPASTE <AT> KITTENS <DOT> PH.
Vichan is still accepting patches, but there is at the moment no active development besides fixing security problems and other serious bugs as they emerge. Given the lack of active development, we strongly urge you to consider other imageboard packages. It is the opinion of the vichan development team that no new vichan imageboards should be deployed, and other imageboard packages, such as lynxchan, used instead.
vichan is a fork of (now defunc'd) Tinyboard, a great imageboard package, actively building on it and adding a lot of features and other improvements.
Support and announcements: https://engine.vichan.net/
- PHP >= 5.4 (we still try to keep compatibility with php 5.3 as much as possible) PHP 7.0 is explicitly supported. PHP 7.2 works as well, but may cause as yet unreported bugs.
- MySQL/MariaDB server
- PHP GD
- PHP PDO
We try to make sure vichan is compatible with all major web servers and
operating systems. vichan does not include an Apache
.htaccess file nor does
it need one.
- MySQL/MariaDB server >= 5.5.3
- ImageMagick (command-line ImageMagick or GraphicsMagick preferred).
- APC (Alternative PHP Cache), XCache or Memcached
You can contribute to vichan by:
- Developing patches/improvements/translations and using GitHub to submit pull requests
- Providing feedback and suggestions
- Writing/editing documentation
If you need help developing a patch, please join our IRC channel.
Download and extract vichan to your web directory or get the latest development version with:
git clone git://github.com/vichan-devel/vichan.git
install.phpin your web browser and follow the prompts.
vichan should now be installed. Log in to
mod.phpwith the default username and password combination: admin / password.
Please remember to change the administrator account password.
See also: Configuration Basics.
To upgrade from any version of Tinyboard or vichan:
git pull to update your files, if you used git, or
inc/instance-config.php, replace all your files in place
(don't remove boards etc.), then put
inc/instance-config.php back and
To migrate from a Kusaba X board, use http://github.com/vichan-devel/Tinyboard-Migration
vichan is still beta software -- there are bound to be bugs. If you find a bug, please report it.
If you need assistance with installing, configuring, or using vichan, you may find support from a variety of sources:
- If you're unsure about how to enable or configure certain features, make
sure you have read the comments in
- Check out an official vichan board.
- You can join vichan's IRC channel for support irc.6irc.net #vichan-devel
vichan is based on a Tinyboard, so both engines have very much in common. These links may be helpful for you as well:
- Tinyboard documentation can be found here.
There are a few command line interface tools, based on Tinyboard-Tools. These need
to be launched from a Unix shell account (SSH, or something). They are located in a
You actually don't need these tools for your imageboard functioning, they are aimed at the power users. You won't be able to run these from shared hosting accounts (i.e. all free web servers).
Wanting to have vichan in your language? You can contribute your translations at this URL:
vichan makes use of wPaint for oekaki. After you pull the repository, however, you will need to download wPaint separately using git's
submodule feature. Use the following commands:
git submodule init git submodule update
To enable oekaki, add all the scripts listed in
js/wpaint.js to your
inc/lib/webm/README.md for information about enabling webm.
vichan provides by default a 4chan-compatible JSON API. For documentation on this, see: https://github.com/vichan-devel/vichan-API/ .