Discourse (software)

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Developer(s) Civilized Discourse Construction Kit, Inc.
Initial release 2013
Stable release 1.1.3[1] / December 12, 2014; 4 months ago (2014-12-12)
Development status Active
Written in Ruby, JavaScript
Operating system Linux
Available in Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian
Type Forum software
License GNU GPL version 2
Website www.discourse.org

Discourse is an open source Internet forum software application founded in 2013 by Jeff Atwood, Robin Ward, and Sam Saffron.[2] Discourse received funding from First Round Capital and Greylock.[3]

From a usability perspective, Discourse breaks with existing forum software by including features recently popularized by large social networks, such as infinite scrolling, live updates, oneboxing, expanding links, and drag and drop attachments.[4] However, the stated goals of the project are social rather than technical, to improve online discussion quality through improved forum software.

The application is written in JavaScript and Ruby on Rails,[5] and is released under the GNU General Public License version 2. PostgreSQL is the supported database management system. It also uses Ember.js.[6]

Server requirements[edit]

The following software is required on a server to run Discourse:[7]

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