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The Skinny


  • Features
  • Requirements
  • License (GPL)
  • Privacy
  • The Story
  • Get Involved
  • Example Sites
  • bbPress Domains

Lead Developers

Contributing Developers

  • Stephen Edgar
  • Sergey Biryukov


  • Ben Dunkle

Documentation and Support

  • Robin Wilson
  • Roebuck

Developer Emeriti

  • Gautam Gupta
  • Michael Adams
  • Sam Bauers


  • Automattic and JJJ for their long-term support
  • MyBB and phpBB for ideas and inspiration
  • Matt Mullenweg for frequent endorsements & support

bbPress is forum software, made by the WordPress community.

Have you ever been frustrated with forum or bulletin board software that was slow, or full of features you don’t need? bbPress is focused on simplicity, flexibility, a deep integration with WordPress, web standards, and speed.

We’re keeping things as small and light as possible while still allowing for great add-on features through WordPress’s extensive plugin system. What does all that mean? bbPress is lean, mean, and ready to take on any job you throw at it.


  1. GPL, Open Source, always and forever
  2. Less (code) is more
  3. Code is poetry
  4. Simplicity is a feature
  5. Speed & security are paramount to a great user experience

Every line of code is written with these principles in mind, and if that sounds good to you get involved!

The Team

bbPress is a GPL licensed open-source project made possible by thousands of contributors and believers around the world. Patches and RFC’s are helpful and encouraged, and props are given and gathered for each contribution.

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