Discourse (software)

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Developer(s) Civilized Discourse Construction Kit, Inc.
Initial release 2013 (4 years ago) (2013)
Stable release
1.7.10[1] / May 22, 2017 (28 days ago) (2017-05-22)
Repository github.com/discourse/discourse
Development status Active
Written in Ruby, JavaScript
Operating system Linux
Available in Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Telugu, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese
License GNU GPL version 2
Website www.discourse.org

Discourse is an open source Internet forum and mailing list management software application founded in 2013 by Jeff Atwood, Robin Ward, and Sam Saffron.[2] Discourse received funding from First Round Capital and Greylock Partners.[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 uses the Ember.js framework.[6] PostgreSQL serves as its back-end database management system. The sourcecode is distributed under the GNU General Public License version 2.

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

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