Free ASP Forum Scripts

Message Boards, BBS and Discussion Forums

Free ASP Forum Scripts (Message Boards, BBS and Discussion Forums)

The free ASP software on this page enable you to put a discussion forum (a.k.a. message board, BBS, bulletin board or simply "forum") on your website. The scripts require you to have ASP support on your server (obviously), which probably means that your website is hosted on a Windows server running the ISS web server. The forum scripts typically store the posts in a database, either a Microsoft Access database or a MySQL one. Most of the scripts allow you to configure the forum from a web administrative interface, and do things like moderate posts, create categories to logically partition your forums into different sections, assign certain topics as "sticky" (which means that those threads will always stay at the top of the page for each forum/category), search the forum for a particular string of text, etc. Please read the individual descriptions and reviews of each forum for the specific feature set of that forum.

Note that if you do not specifically require your forum to be an ASP script, you will have a wider selection of forum scripts to choose from by looking at the Free PHP Forum Scripts and Free Perl Message Board Scripts as well.

For those who don't have a website, but are thinking of making one, please start by reading the How to Make / Create a Website: The Beginner's A-Z Guide. You'll have a clearer idea of things if you start at the beginning.

Update: Since ASP is made obsolete by Microsoft's move to ASP.NET, many of the software previously listed here are no longer available. Sorry, I can only list programs that actually exist. In addition, I doubt many people are going to be writing new forum scripts in ASP, given that it is no longer supported in newer Microsoft systems.

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Snitz Forums 2000: Free ASP-based Internet Discussion Forum Software

The Snitz Forums 2000 features unlimited number of forums and moderators; locking, unlocking and deleting of categories, forums, topics and members by moderators and admins; user registration and email validation; web-based administration and customization; flood control; private forums; active topics listing; sticky topics; grouping of categories; bad words filtering; search topics or entire forum; the ability to enable/disable forum and HTML code; topic sorting; personal profiles for users; built-in AOL, MSN, ICQ and Yahoo web-based messaging; etc. This program is released under the GNU General Public License. It requires an IIS 4, IIS 5, PWS (Personal Web Server) on a Windows system, or an ASP-enabled web server on a Unix system. Database servers supported include Microsoft Access 97, 2000 and 2002, SQL Server 6.5, 7.0 or 2000, or MySQL 3.22 or 3.23.


This is an ASP forum that features a tree-style discussion format. It is meant for small to medium sized communities. It requires a Microsoft Access database and is released under the GNU General Public License.

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