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What Forum Software should I use?

I have a working website and I need to integrate a forum into it. The problem is, I need the forum script to use usernames and passwords from a mysql table that is already created. This is why I need a forum that supports translations and has a simple code I can adjust to my databse. Any ideas on such forum scripts?

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There's Vanilla and bbPress. They're both relatively simple and have good communities.

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Also, Vanilla has a Proxy Connect addon which allows you to integrate another web application login, through a cookie: vanillaforums.org/page/singlesignon –  ghoppe Dec 13 '10 at 17:32
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phpBB

THE #1 FREE, OPEN SOURCE BULLETIN BOARD SOFTWARE. phpBB is a free flat-forum bulletin board software solution that can be used to stay in touch with a group of people or can power your entire website. No other bulletin board software offers a greater complement of features, while maintaining efficiency and ease of use. Best of all, phpBB is completely free.

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phpBB is a good solution (if you're diligent about keeping it up to date), but try not to submit answers that read like marketing copy. –  Lèse majesté Dec 12 '10 at 1:45
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like phpBB, vBulletin you can find more forum scripts on best-php-scripts. As per their rating and reviews you can decide some for your need.

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Please don't consider as marketing. This is just for a suggestion. –  articlestack Dec 12 '10 at 10:30
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I personally use Vanilla as well, and used to use phpBB before. Both are easy to use and highly customizable if you read the documentation.

Also, Wikipedia's comparison of PHP forum software has a few more suggestions and lists some common functionality.

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