Screenshot of a typical FUDforum message board.
|Developer(s)||Community (Advanced Internet Designs Inc.)|
|Stable release||3.0.4 / July 4, 2012|
|Available in||Multilingual (English and 50+ other languages)|
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FUDforum is a free and open source Internet forum software, originally produced by Advanced Internet Designs Inc., that is now maintained by the user community. The name "FUDforum" is an abbreviation of Fast Uncompromising Discussion forum. It is comparable to other forum software. FUDforum is customizable and has a large feature set relative to other forum packages.
FUDforum runs on a number of operating systems that are able to support the PHP programming language, including Unix, Linux and Windows systems. To store its data, FUDforum relies on either IBM DB2, Firebird, MS-SQL, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL or SQLite. The interface is based on HTML5 with CSS, jQuery and AJAX to provide a more flexible user interface.
The code is released under the GNU General Public License and Internet sites can use the software royalty-free.
FUDforum was originally developed by Ilia Alshanetsky. The first version of FUDforum was released in 2001. Versions 2.8.0 and above are developed and supported by the community.
The 10 year anniversary release, FUDforum 3.0.3, was released on 10 September 2011.
FUDforum requires the following components to function:
- A web server that will run PHP like the Apache Web Server or Microsoft's Internet Information Services;
- PHP versions 5 (5.2 or higher);
- A database like IBM DB2, Firebird, MS-SQL, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL or SQLite. SQLite is supported via PHP's PDO driver.
Preconfigured versions 
Two special pre-configured versions of FUDforum are available (doesn't require manual installation):
- FUDforum2Go, a small-footprint version of FUDforum for Microsoft Windows that can run from a USB stick, CD-Rom or from any folder on a PC's hard disk. FUDforum2Go is based on Server2Go.
- Turnkey FUDforum is a virtual appliance based on the TurnKey Linux Virtual Appliance Library, that can be deployed in the cloud or on a virtual machine infrastructure like VMWare, Xen or VirtualBox.
Some of FUDforum's features include:
- The software supports an unlimited number of members, forums, posts, threads and attachments.
- Ability to load USENET and E-mail list messages and sync forum replies back to these groups and lists.
- Customizable theme system based on templates.
- Translated into over 50 languages on translatewiki.net (including German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and several other languages).
- Search engine friendly URLs
- Flood control and Captcha spam protection.
- Blacklisting of users and IP blocking.
- Messages can be stored within the database or on filesystem for extra performance.
- Topics can be listed in flat or threaded mode.
- User Avatars.
- Private messaging system.
- Poll creation.
- Built-in search engine.
- RSS-feed syndication.
- Message and Quick Reply editors that support BBCode, HTML, plain text and Smilies.
- User, Moderator and Admin Control Panels.
- A permission based user/group management system.
- A plugin system that can be used to extend the forum's functionality.
- A forum calendar.
- Custom profile fields.
Custom integration of third party tools can be achieved via FUDforum's provided API, called FUDAPI.
Conversion scripts 
Several conversion scripts are provided to convert other bulletin board and forum software to FUDforum. They include:
- Invision Board;
- WoltLab Bulletin Board;
- Yabb and Yabb DC.
See also 
- Comparison of forums written in other languages
- Integrated Content Management Systems: Drupal, MediaWiki and eGroupWare.
Further reading 
- Nicholas Petreley (April 22, 2002) No FUD about FUDForum, SYS-CON Belgium
- Nicholas Petreley (October 23, 2002) Stop your BBS shopping & try FUDforum, SYS-CON Belgium
- Peter B. Macintyre, "Discussion Forums Made Easy: FUDforum 2.7.1", September 2005 (PDF) issue of php|architect, pages 59–62.