The BBS Corner - Active BBS Software List

The following is a list of known active BBS software websites. Active BBS Software means that the software is either being actively being updated by the author, or a website exists where you can either download the software and/or you can get support from the author.

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List of Active BBS Software Websites

The following is a listing of active BBS software websites. Active BBS software means that the software is either still being developed and/or supported - or the BBS software is still in wide use even though there is currently no direct author support.

BBBS Official Page

Operating System: Linux, DOS, OS/2, Windows
Type: Shareware
In Production: Yes

BBBS is a very powerful BBS system written by two Finnish programmers (Kim Heino & Tapani Salmi). BBBS has been developed since 1990 and still has a continous developement. BBBS is a fullfledged BBS system which incorporates all of your needs for setting up your own BBS. BBBS contains full Internet and Fidonet support. Fidonet messages and Internet news and email are embedded together with a versatile WWW-based, offline and online message reading system. BBBS is easy to customize to suit every need imaginable. It is configurable also from the user's point of view. There are hundreds of 3rd party utilities available, mostly coded with BBBS's C-alike script language.

Citadel

Operating System: DOS, OS/2, Windows, Linux, Etc.
Type: Shareware
In Production: Yes (2009)

Citadel is a Bulletin Board System (BBS) that allows users to read and post messages in topic related areas called "rooms" or "forums". Sometimes these are also broken up into "floors" to group similar topics together. The best way described is this: Think of a house, it has floors, walls, hallways, and different rooms. In each room you can talk about a different topic.

CNet Amiga Pro

Operating System: Amiga
Type: Commercialware
In Production: Dormant

CNet/PRO was originally developed by Ken Pletzer (Perspective Software) and it was sold to Todd Knight in March 1996. Development was resumed by ZenMetal Software approximately that time, and continued until some point in late 1998 or early 1999 under the ZenMetal Software label. It is now owned by Storm's Edge Technologies.

EleBBS

Operating System: DOS, OS/2, Windows, Linux
Type: Open Source/Freeware
In Production: No (2003)

EleBBS was a RemoteAccess BBS clone developed by Maarten Bekers of the Netherlands. It has a built-in Telnet server (Win & OS/2 versions). It is compatible with many RA third-party add-on programs. A web-based version was also developed. Production ceased in April 2003. Files are still available and the souce code has been opened to the public.

Ezycom BBS

Operating System: DOS
Type: Commericalware
In Production: Yes (2010)

Ezycom Bulletin System, has been developed for several years. One of its main advantages is its ease of use, but yet retaining that power and flexibility for the more advanced bulletin board operators. The 4 node version is now free. There are also 10, 20 node non-commercial versions, plus a 255 node commercial version available. 

GAP BBS

Operating System: DOS
Type: Freeware
In Production: No (1999)

Once a commercialware BBS developed by GAP Development Company, the company declared GAP BBS freeware in September 1999. They no longer support nor maintain Gap BBS, but offer it for download for free from their website.

GT-Power BBS

Operating System: DOS
Type: Freeware
In Production: Yes (expected 2010 release)

Recently purchased by Tom Watt. Updates to allow telnet access are pending (sometime in 2010?).

Hermes II BBS

Operating System: Macintosh (Power PC pre OSX)
Type: Freeware
In Production: Dormant (2006)

Hermes II is freeware BBS software system for the Apple Macintosh. Work continues on this software to improve its connectivity to the Internet including a Telnet server.

Impulse BBS

Operating System: DOS
Type: Freeware
In Production: No

Not much is known about Impulse. Currently not in production but you can still download the files from the website.

Infusion

Operating System: DOS
Type: Freeware
In Production: No

Infusion board software was the most advanced and configurable software to date. Fully configurable local interfaces (ie, waiting for caller screens, init screens, etc) and of course EVERYTHING the user sees is configurable. Never before has a sysop been able to give their system its own look on their side, as well as the users. Fastest communications rotuines to ever be released, ports 0-127 supported (most support 0-4 or 0-8), multinode (up to 255 nodes), full online AND offline configuration, extended door system (fully automated door creation), internal irc mode (infuIRC), full lightbar script support (create a lightbar selection WITHOUT a seperate fully pulldown flagged menu), and much, much more. Basically, if you are a sysop who cares about speed, power, configurability, support, and having a great looking and operating system, Infusion is for you. Support a TRUE scene bbsware, and download infusion today!

LoraBBS

Operating System: DOS, OS/2, Windows
Type: Freeware
In Production: Dormant

LoraBBS is a multiplatform Bulletin Board System which features what is arguably the most extensive support for different BBS message base formats including JAM, Hudson, Squish, FIDO, and AdeptX. It can support an unlimited number of nodes and has several Internet client capabilities including one of the fastest and most stable telnet pass-thru functions around and the ability to use Internet usenet newsgroups natively as message bases. Originally a DOS based BBS system, it is now a Win 95/98 BBS system.

Maximus

Operating System: DOS, OS/2, Windows
Type: Open Source
In Production: No

Maximus was a flexible bulletin board system (BBS) for the DOS, OS/2 Windows operating systems. Maximus allows remote users to connect to the system by modem, read and write messages, participate in public conference areas, send and receive files, and much more.

Mystic BBS

Operating System: DOS, Windows, Linux
Type: Freeware
In Production: No (last release in 2001)

Freeware Multinode BBS software. Native DOS, Windows, Linux versions. Extemely flexible and configurable. Unlimited configurable menuing system. Powerful language/theme/string editor. Pascal-like programming language. JAM/Squish message bases and QWK system. Full screen editor with quote window. Lightbar and standard file/msg listings. 99-line file description & FILE_ID.DIZ. Internet Zmodem, archive viewing, testing. Many DOS DOOR formats and 32-bit DOOR32. BBS list, Voting booth, Time bank, 1Liners Quote of the day, Rumors, Split Chat, MORE! Long file names and telnet servers in most 32-bit versions.

RemoteAccess Pro

Operating System: DOS
Type: Shareware
In Production: No (2001)

Completely configurable, provides total control over system layout and appearance. Supports most networks and multitaskers. Fully multilingual, for true international use. Extensive security system, featuring over 65,000 access levels to protect your data. Files and messages are catalogued using a fast indexed database system. Supports all popular file transfer protocols including XModem, YModem and ZModem. Compatible with optional add-on modules, including games, offline mail doors. File system supports single and multi-disk CD-ROM players. Built in support for many file types including ZIP, ARC, ARJ, ZOO, LZH and GIF. Includes a full-screen message editor. Ability to connect to worldwide networks such as FidoNet and the Internet. Support for many modems, with the ability to receive incoming FAX calls. Automated user subscription and cost accounting system. Interfaces with virus scanning products for maximum system security.

Renegade BBS

Operating System: DOS
Type: Freeware
In Production: Yes (October 2009)

Renegade BBS Software is a freeware package designed to operate on DOS, Win32, and
OS/2 operating systems.  The current website is the most current place to find downloads
to new applications and as well as current and dated releases.

Sauron BBS

Operating System: Linux, DOS
Type: Freeware
In Production: Yes (Linux)

Sauron is a multi-user, script file driven BBS and the software and code is free to all. The DOS version is no longer being developed but the Linux version is currently being developed.

Spitfire BBS

Operating System: DOS
Type: Freeware
In Production: No (1999)

A DOS based multi-node, bulletin board software package named SPITFIRE. SPITFIRE was a known and literally operated around the world. While SPITFIRE is a DOS program, it operates just fine in the Microsoft Windows environment. SPITFIRE is still supported by Buffalo Creek Software and the software is still being used. In recent years it has been dormant, but a new Y2K compliant version was released in August 1999.

Synchronet

Operating System: Windows, Linux, DOS, OS/2
Type: Freeware
In Production: Windows and Linux versions updated regularly

Synchronet is a BBS system developed by Rob Swindell. Originally for DOS and OS/2 platforms, Rob has now made versions for Windows (32-bit) as well as Linux and FreeBSD with built in Telnet support, Internet E-mail support, NNTP (Usenet) and FTP support. Current version is 3.15, released in 2009. Synchronet started out as shareware, but was made freeware (with source code) in 1997. Rob came out of retirement and started work on the current 3.xx versions of Synchronet starting in October 1999.

tcRemoteAccess32

Operating System: Windows
Type: Shareware
In Production: No (1999)

tcRemoteAccess 32 was originally developed by Niels Schoot to be a Windows clone of RemoteAccess. Production ceased in 1999 but files can still be downloaded from PCMicro.

Telefinder

Operating System: Macintosh
Type: Shareware
In Production: No

TeleFinder Server is a package that gives you everything you need to set up a complete Internet site for your business, school or organization. Use TeleFinder to keep in touch with off-site colleagues, clients, and friends. TeleFinder's Mail and Public Message areas provide quick and easy communication. Quick file transfers let you share and distribute important data quickly. Each TeleFinder package includes all the software you need to set up and maintain your BBS, mail, and Web site. Every TeleFinder Server includes graphical client software for Macintosh and Windows that you can freely distribute to all the users of your BBS.

Telegard BBS

Operating System: DOS
Type: Freeware
In Production: No (1999)

Telegard is a freeware BBS system that has its origins from WWIV BBS software back in its Pascal days. Telegard BBS Software is a full featured bulletin board system software for beginners and experts! Features include a full message section with JAM and Squish formats, a full file section w/file tagging & CDROM support, multinode & multilingual support, powerful menus, scripts, and door support! Tim Strike, the author, disappeared in 1999 and has not been heard from since. The whereabouts of the source code are unknown.

There is a project underway called the OpenTelegard BBS Project - an open-source project to recreate the Telegard BBS from scratch into a modern, internet ready, and standardized system. This is still in development.

TriBBS

Operating System: DOS
Type: Shareware
In Production: Dormant (Mar. 2003)

TriBBS is a shareware DOS based BBS program. TriBBS was sold Gary Price of Freejack's Software in 1997, and was sold again to Frank Prue of PTC Software in October 2000. TriBBS supports both ANSI and RIP graphics, is multi-node ready and supports Fidonet (external tosser required). Even though it is a DOS based application, it runs well in Windows 95/98 (complete steps to set up are on the website).

Wildcat Winserver

Operating System: Windows (current versions), DOS (older versions)
Type: Commercialware
In Production: Yes (Feb. 2009)

Wildcat Win Server is hybrid online communications system - providing both the traditional ANSI/RIP based BBS system to Dial-Up and Telnet users, as well as being a web-based BBS system. Originally developed by Mustang Software, Wildcat was sold to Santronics in December 1998.

Worldgroup/MajorBBS

Operating System: Windows (Worldgroup), DOS (MajorBBS)
Type: Commercialware
In Production: Updates are pending

Originally called The Major BBS, Worldgroup is probably the most successfully made and commercially sold BBS software. Its maker, Galacticomm, was sold in 1998 to Netvillage. Netvillage had stopped selling and supporting Worldgroup a couple of years later. Worldgroup is again available (and supported) for the Sysop community at Worldgroupware. Worldgroup is an ANSI/RIP based Dial-Up and Telnettable BBS, a Web Server, and an Internet Service Provider all in one package. Worldgroup is probably the most popular pay-based BBS and is one of the most common among Telnettable BBSes. Dial-up users can access with standard ANSI/RIP software or a free Windows based GUI client. Originally designed as a multi-threaded MS-DOS system, Worldgroup now runs on Windows platforms. Web based users can use a browser plug-in to get enhanced graphics. Worldgroup is meant to be used as a professional system and carries with it a professional price tag.

WWIV BBS

Operating System: DOS, Windows, Linux
Type: Open Source
In Production: Dormant (Jan. 2006)

Originally developed by Wayne Bell, Dean Nash is now the primary author of WWIV. A new version of WWIV has been released after along beta testing period with many changes over previous versions of WWIV. WWIV now supports multiple nodes and Fidonet message echos. WWIV is now Telnet capable and is available as an open source application on Sourceforge.