Civilized Discussion. On the Internet.

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Conversations, not pages

Why break conversations into awkward and arbitrary pages, where you have to constantly find the Next Page button?

We've replaced all that with the power of just-in-time loading. Want to read more? Keep scrolling down.

Dynamic notifications

It’s difficult to have a conversation when you can't hear anyone.

When someone quotes your post, we’ll notify you. When someone mentions your @name, we’ll notify you. When someone replies to your post… well, you get the idea. And if you're not around, we'll email you, too.

Simple, but with context

Discourse is a simple, flat forum, where replies flow down the page in a line.

Expandable replies are attached to the bottom and top of each post, so you can discover the fuller context of the conversation – without breaking your flow.

Born mobile, born to touch

Discourse was designed from day one for high resolution touch devices, and has a built in mobile layout.

Move back and forth freely between your laptop, your tablet, and your smartphone without constantly being told this site has an app, do you want it?


Links automatically expand

Want to share a cool link you found? Just paste it in on a single line and we’ll make it awesome.

Links to Wikipedia, YouTube, Amazon, GitHub, Twitter, Flickr and dozens of other popular web sites automatically expand to provide additional context and information.

Reply while you read

Type your reply while you continue to read, altering your reply and adding new quotes from others as you explore the topic! You can even jump around to other topics.

We’ll save your spot – and your response – even if you finish on a different computer.

Reply as a linked topic

You don’t want to interrupt this conversation, but a post just reminded you of a related topic you'd like to share.

No problem! Use "Reply as new topic" to start a related conversation – and both topics will be visibly connected together.


Simple metrics

The goal of every link is to be clicked – so every link posted in Discourse shows a live click count.

We also track incoming links, so if a post you made becomes super popular, you'll know why.


Real time updates

If a topic changes while you are reading or responding to it, or new replies arrive, it will update automatically.

As new topics arrive, they also appear at the top of the list.

Remembers your place

Topics that you read for a while, replied to, or created will be automatically highlighted. And don't worry about reading an entire topic in one sitting – we’ll always save your place for you.

Log in with … anything

Use your Twitter, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or GitHub credentials to log in. Or set up single sign-on with your existing website.

Paste to share images

Want to share an image? Just copy and paste it in. Or drag and drop it in! Posting LOLCats has never been this easy.

Search that actually works

Search on any page: just start typing and get results instantly as you type. The results will be automatically scoped to where you currently are.

Community moderation

As users regularly participate by reading and posting, they gain trust. With that trust, they gain powerful abilities to help maintain the community and push out trolls and spammers.

Bring your friends

Once you’re trusted, you can click a button to invite your friends via email and they can reply to your topic with a single click. Staff can easily invite an entire group of people by uploading email addresses.


Your data belongs to you

Our default discussion license is Creative Commons, but you can choose to maximize rights for the site owner or your users. Import or export all your data, right from your browser, any time.

Comprehensive API

Discourse has an excellent API. How do we know? Because our JavaScript application is built on top of it. Our large open source community provides plugins, samples, and examples.