Forums have come a long way from the simple ability to post text.

Emoji and smilies

Users can make full use of emoji in their messages, even on devices that don't fully support them, and community-specific emoticons can be added through our custom smilie system.


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While XenForo is able to host the richest online discussion format available anywhere, it is not limited to simple lists of discussion threads.

An entire forum can be designated as an article repository with a masonry-style layout, previewing rich XenForo articles, the commenting system for which gains all of the capabilities of regular discussion threads.

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News, announcements, how-tos, reviews... the uses for articles go on and on.

XenForo articles are like super threads whose first post gains additional capabilities and limits to allow rich content to be laid out however best fits your needs.

Articles include specific markup to distinguish them from discussion threads to search engines, giving them a higher weighting against lower-quality user-generated-content.


Users can tag other members in their messages using a well-known syntax, which will notify the tagged member so they can quickly give the message their attention.

Link unfurling

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When visitors post URLs, they are automatically unfurled to give a preview of the linked content.

Media embedding

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When users post links to content on popular media sites, the media itself will be automatically embedded right in the message - no need to go and fetch some clunky embed-HTML from the source.

Better still, you can define your own media site handlers if we don't offer your platform of choice out of the box.


Text-based content can be formatted using either Markdown or BB code, with the ability to define custom BB code tags for your own community's needs, while a full-fledged WYSIWYG editor makes formatting a breeze.


Your visitors will love our complete Giphy integration, allowing them to add topical animations to their posts.


Several content types in XenForo, including questions, suggestions and reviews, support up and down voting, rewarding the people who posted the content and allowing the best quality content to be highlighted.

Syntax highlighting

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Technical communities can benefit from code snippets being automatically beautified according to the specified language of the posted code.


Users may attach images, videos, audio, documents and other files to their messages with a simple drag-and-drop interface.

Embedded images can be aligned, resized and reflowed at will.

Community administrators can control the permitted file types, file sizes, image dimensions and other parameters users may upload.

Lightbox viewer

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When clicked, attached images and videos are displayed in a lightbox-style overlay so that they can be seen at their best.

Information about the media being displayed can be reviewed in a side panel.

Media Gallery

Extend your customers' media sharing abilities with XenForo Media Gallery, allowing users to curate their own albums and upload videos, giving your community a true media hub.

Resource Manager

The XenForo Resource Manager allows your community to organize downloads, tutorials, guides, and more.

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