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Ulf Dittmer

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It's been a while since the last release, and we've been busy adding features and fixing bugs to make JForum even better than it already is. A servlet container that supports Servlet API 3.1 is now required, for example Tomcat 8. Some of the new and improved features are:

  • The Trash Can lets you designate one forum as trash can - meaning topics that get deleted are moved to it, rather than actually getting deleted from the database. If the forum is set up to be accessible by admins only, you keep deleted topics for future reference without them being publicly visible (which comes in handy on moderated forums frequently)
  • Banners can be shown on assorted pages, up to 3 at the top and up to 3 at the bottom, either as plain text or with HTML, including links. That could be used for announcements, or ads.
  • Added lots of missing translations to various languages
  • Many improvements for the mobile view: some pages were entirely missing before, and a new dropdown menu for navigation makes it easier to get around
  • Eight new smilies, some of them animated, like ROFL
  • Numerous bug fixes


  • A full list of new features is at https://sourceforge.net/p/jforum2/wiki2/NewFeatures270/, upgrade instructions are at https://sourceforge.net/p/jforum2/wiki2/UpgradingFrom25and26to270/ and you can download it from https://sourceforge.net/projects/jforum2/files/. The documentation is at https://sourceforge.net/p/jforum2/wiki2/Documentation/

    All feedback is welcome.
    1 month ago
    That's great, Stephan. The email was supposed to be in the image in the post, but apparently that only works for me. The email in my profile here is public - that's the right one.
    3 months ago
    As the JForum team prepares a new release, we want to improve a number of the localizations that have fallen behind. There are about 70 language entries that haven't been translated to Dutch yet, most of them fairly short. Is there anybody here interested in helping us out? If so, please get in touch with me via email.



    We could also use help for a number of other languages, namely Turkish, Japanese, Norwegian and Portuguese. Those are even further behind, so would need more work. But even a partial translation of the outstanding entries would be great.
    3 months ago

    that refers a dependency of maven


    No, it does not. That's Maven telling you a compilation error occurred.

    Have you followed up on the advice about the Unicode character?
    3 months ago
    It's been a while since the last release, and we've been busy adding features and fixing bugs to make JForum even better than it already is. While the next version is not quite ready for release, it is stable enough to distribute it more widely and let everyone test it. No additional features are planned before the release, and we know of no bugs, so it should be quite safe to install. A servlet container that supports Servlet API 3.1 is now required, for example Tomcat 8. Some of the features are:

  • The Trash Can lets you designate one forum as trash can - meaning topics that get deleted are moved to it, rather than actually getting deleted from the database. If the forum is set up to be accessible by admins only, that way you keep deleted topics for future reference without them being publicly visible (which comes in handy on moderated forums frequently)
  • Banners can be shown on assorted pages, up to 3 at the top and up to 3 at the bottom, either as plain text or with HTML, including links. That could be used for announcements or ads.
  • More love for the mobile view
  • Eight new smilies, some of them animated, like ROFL
  • Numerous bug fixes


  • A full list of new features is at https://sourceforge.net/p/jforum2/wiki2/NewFeatures270/, upgrade instructions are at https://sourceforge.net/p/jforum2/wiki2/UpgradingFrom25and26to270/ and you can download it from https://sourceforge.net/projects/jforum2/files/.

    Once the release is final, an upgrade from this beta to the final version should be quite painless, so you can use this version without having to fear another upgrade later on. All feedback is welcome.
    3 months ago
    JForum 2.6.2 has been released, which addresses two issues:

  • It installs and runs on the HSQLDB database.
  • Fixes a bug that prevents the window showing all smilies to pop up when writing a post.


  • All users can safely upgrade, but if you aren't using HSQLDB, or haven't run into the bug, it may not be worth the effort.
    1 year ago
    JForum 2.6.1 has been released, which addresses two issues:

  • It installs and runs on the Jetty servlet container.
  • It fixes a bug where deleting posts would cause the corresponding entry in the Moderation Log to be illegible, and break the page layout.


  • All users can safely upgrade, but if you aren't using Jetty, or haven't run into the moderation log issue, it may not be worth the effort.
    1 year ago
    The JForum team has just released JForum 2.6.0, which has a number of new improvements as well as 15 months worth of security and bug fixes. The gist of what's new can be found below, and the full list is at https://sourceforge.net/p/jforum2/wiki2/NewFeatures260/. The download is here. We welcome questions and suggestions at http://jforum.andowson.com/ (naturally hosted on JForum :-)

  • A Java 8 JVM is now required instead of a Java 7 JVM
  • The mobile version has seen lots of love
  • Various localizations have been improved, particularly English, German, Italian and Spanish
  • A number of XSS vulnerabilities have been addressed
  • Relative timestamps like on GitHub or Facebook are optionally available
  • Sharing of pages got improved so it no longer uses an external service
  • ... lots more
  • 1 year ago
    The JForum2 software has been localized for a number of languages, but unfortunately some of those localizations are rather out of date - new features have been added, and for those only a few translations are available. Some languages are in good shape, but the others are in need of volunteers that can look through what's missing and help us out with translations. For more information, please head over to the JForum2 support forums. Thanks!
    1 year ago
    Since this thread is getting a bunch of extra attention, maybe I should say a bit about what JForum is. It's an open source Java web app for hosting public (or private) discussion forums. It works with the common SQL databases, and has a number of advanced features such as fine-grained permission and access control, thread bookmarks and thread and forum watching, powerful search, and numerous configurations for fine-tuning its behavior. In my opinion (biased, as I'm one of the committers to JForum) it's the best Java-based discussion software.
    2 years ago
    The JForum team has just released JForum 2.5.0, which has a number of new features (including mobile-friendly views of a number of pages) and numerous other improvements and bug fixes. A full list of what's changed can be found at https://sourceforge.net/p/jforum2/wiki2/NewFeatures250/, and the download is at https://sourceforge.net/projects/jforum2/files/. We welcome questions and suggestions at http://jforum.andowson.com/ (naturally hosted on JForum :-)
    2 years ago
    As a follow-up: the newly released JForum 2.5.0 has mobile-friendly views of a number of pages. Not exactly responsive, but better than nothing :-)
    2 years ago
    I have just checked in a fix for this, so it's available to anyone building JForum from source, and it will be part of the next regular release.

    I think this topic can remain, if for no other reason than to remind people that the 2.1.9 version is not safe, and that they should switch to 2.4.1 at the least.
    3 years ago
    Please send me a "Purple Mooseage" (a.k.a. a private message) with the details and preferably your email - I'm one of the committers of JForum2.
    3 years ago
    Thanks for trying to debug the registration process, Tim. I'm not sure what's going on, maybe the captcha was acting up - did that get displayed for you, Mike?

    Mike, I've sent you a message with contact information for the two principal developers (one of which would be me).

    3 years ago