Flarum Platform Details & Review

Flarum is an open source discussion platform built using PHP and a JavaScript framework. It's easy to install, manage, and customize for any community.


Flarum is a simple discussion platform for your website. It's free, and easy to use, with all the features you need to run a community. It's also extremely extensible, allowing for ultimate customizability.


  • Responsive design.
  • A straightforward forum organizational structure.
  • Support for multiple languages.


  • Open-source and completely free to download & run on your preferred VPS hosting provider.
  • It is accessible.
  • Extremely fast and user-friendly.


  • Limited core feature set.
  • lack of support options.
  • Better-suited to community-builders with development knowledge.

Flarum Reviews

“Extremely complicated to install”

It's extremely hard to install Flarum, especially using anything that is hosted by Amazon. Good luck with a simple install for Amazon.

Review on Slant.

“Flarum is very basic”

Flarum looks very basic compared to Discourse. I’ve said it a million times before, making a forum platform is easy - making a good one is much more difficult and time consuming.

Review on Discourse.

“Easy installation”

As long as you have access to composer, installation is a breeze. This also makes extension management install/removal very easy as the two processes are one and the same.

Review on Slant.

Disclaimer: To curate the pros, cons and reviews - we mine the internet for customer references regarding the said software. Some of our sources include Reddit, Product Hunt, Twitter & Quora (and sites like G2 & Capterra).

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Curated under the supervision of Sid Ramesh

Sid is a master community builder with 10 years of experience. Having started his journey working with Harvard University’s CS50x at age 17, Sid has catalysed growth for communities across domains - Travel and Hospitality, Coding, Finance, Marketing, Music, and Entrepreneurship to name a few. Currently, he leads Community at Build on Scenes.

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