Simple Machines Forum is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes.
Bitnami Virtual Machines contain a minimal Linux operating system with Simple Machines Forum installed and configured. This enables you to run the application without actually installing it on your computer. It's completely isolated from other software installed on your machine and makes an ideal sandbox for your project.
Using the Bitnami Virtual Machine image requires hypervisor software such as VMware Player or VirtualBox. Both of these hypervisors are available free of charge. After installing your preferred hypervisor, download and extract the Bitnami Virtual Machine by following the instructions in our getting started guide for VMware or VirtualBox.
Why use the Bitnami Simple Machines Forum Stack?
Bitnami makes it easy to run Simple Machines Forum in the cloud, locally or virtually. The Bitnami Simple Machines Forum Stack is:
We track every release of Simple Machines Forum and update our stack shortly after it's released.
If serious security issues are discovered, we provide new versions of Simple Machines Forum as soon as possible, often within hours of the availability of a fix.
With Bitnami, you get the same software stack and configuration regardless of where you are deploying Simple Machines Forum or other Bitnami Applications. This makes it easy to migrate between different platforms.
With the Bitnami Simple Machines Forum Stack stack compiling, configuring and all of its dependencies are taken care of, so it works out-of-the-box.
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