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esoTalk is a free, open-source forum software package built with PHP and MySQL. It is designed to be:

  • Fast. esoTalk's code was architectured to have little overhead and to be as efficient as possible.
  • Simple. All of esoTalk's interfaces are designed around simplicity, ease-of-use, and speed.
  • Powerful. Despite its simplicity, a large array of plugins and skins are available to extend the functionality of esoTalk.

esoTalk is developed by Toby Zerner in memory of his brother, Simon.


I've put many hundreds of hours and a lot of love into developing and maintaining esoTalk. If you have benefitted from it, why not consider donating some schrapnel? #feedtoby

API Reference

In addition to this documentation, the full esoTalk API Reference is available online.