Discourse can be used a mailing list, discussion forum, and long-form chat room. It can be self-hosted for free, or hosted at (or other providers) for a fee. It offers a clean interface and modern features, including email integration and notifications.

Discourse is a free, open-source, user-controlled alternative to discussion groups on Facebook and other social-media networks.

Use cases

Class discussion forum

How to use it

For self-hosting, explore the GitHub page and installation guide.

Replacement for

  • Comment threads on WordPress through integration
  • Facebook Groups
  • Older forum software