Free Social Network Software

Create your own social network/media website


Free Social Network / Media Software

If you have ever fancied creating a social network website, either for your own group of friends (eg at school or in a company), or because you want to compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter, the software/scripts listed on this page let you do it without having to write your own program from scratch. Such scripts vary in the features supported (just as the features of the different social media sites vary too), but they generally allow for some sort of user-initiated posts and interaction around those posts.

Note that if you merely want a discussion forum for your website, and don't want the additional features listed below, you may also want to take a look at the list of free PHP forum scripts and free Perl forum scripts. If you only want users to comments on posts you write, you are probably looking for blogging software instead, in which case you should read How to Create a Blog for a quick way to get started.

Alternatively, if all you want is a means for your visitors to rate articles or photos (or whatever) on your website, take a look at the Free PHP Rating Scripts page. You don't need a full-blown social media software to do simple things like that.

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Open Source Social Network

The Open Source Social Network, or OSSN, features groups (including group cover photos), photo galleries, news feed, wall posts, live chat, support for advertisements, "likes", friend requests and invitations, search, user block and poke systems, etc. This program requires PHP and MySQL on an Apache web server.

HumHub (Community Edition)

HumHub lets your users post, follow others, "like" stuff, share files and content, search for people and discussions, etc. You can also organize your users in groups. The software requires PHP and MySQL. You may have to disable their style sheets in your web browser if you have difficulty reading their website. (At the time I write this, the legibility of the text on their site is very low, with faint, light grey text on a white background and the occassional white text on a light background.) For example, in Firefox, you can temporarily use the "No style" setting in the "View, Page Style" menu so that you can comfortably read what they say.

thenewboston Social Network

This social network software allows your users to view posts, images and videos from their friends, communicate with others via private messaging or real-time chat, create and manage their own pages, search (eg for friends, pages, forum posts), participate in forum discussions, etc. It also includes some Bitcoin-related tools where your users can buy or sell items with Bitcoin, and where advertisers and publishers can buy and sell advertisements, etc. The program is in PHP. The last update to the code appears to have been in 2015, so I'm not sure if it's being updated any more.

Reddit

This was the source code for Reddit in 2016 and earlier. It was frozen in 2017, and the developers no longer plan to update the version available here to reflect the actual code used on the "live" Reddit. It depends on you having numerous things installed or available, including PostgreSQL, Cassandra (another database), Python, RabbitMQ (a message broker software implementing the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol, or AMQP), HAProxy (load balancer), stunnel (for HTTPS) and many more. You will also gcc (the GNU C/C++ compiler) to compile some Python modules. Based on the requirements given, I suspect that you will need a dedicated server to run this rather than just a normal shared web hosting account.

Slash

This was the source code for Slashdot in 2009 and earlier. The developers no longer update the version here with the actual code used for the "live" Slashdot. The software essentially lets you create a sort of user-moderated forum oriented around news that users post. The code is written in Perl and uses a MySQL database. It requires an Apache web server with mod_perl installed (although you may have to rebuild mod_perl from scratch to configure it to work with the Slash code, which may mean that you will need a dedicated server for this instead of a normal web hosting account) and lots of Perl modules. There are probably also other dependencies.

Rehash

Rehash is the source code for SoylentNews. It is derived from the original Slash code (see elsewhere on this page), and has been partially rewritten (to quote from their site) "to increase functionality [and] improve usability", and to make it work with modern versions of the software it depends on (namely, Apache, Perl and mod_perl). Like the original code, it requires MySQL.

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