4chan Boards

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Board titles[edit]

Boards sharing a letter[edit]

Several boards have used the same letter as another board at a different point in time. Usually, this occurs when a single-letter board is deleted and its letter is later re-used.

  • /g/ - Guro, Technology
  • /n/ - Trains, Nature & Wildlife, News, Transportation
  • /p/ - Photo, Photography
  • /x/ - General Photo, Paranormal

List of current 4chan boards[edit]

Shortform Topic Meta description Creation date Notes
/3/ 3DCG ...for 3D modelling and imagery. January 25, 2010 An old version of /3/ was created on January 19, 2005, but was deleted between May 12 and June 6, 2005.
/a/ Anime & Manga ...dedicated to the discussion of Japanese animation and manga. November 8, 2003 Until April 8, 2006, /a/'s topic was known as Anime.
/aco/ Adult Cartoons ...for posting western-style adult cartoon artwork. October 1, 2015
/adv/ Advice ...for giving and receiving advice. January 25, 2010
/an/ Animals & Nature ...for posting pictures of animals, pets, and nature. January 19, 2005 Initially founded as /n/ - Nature & Wildlife. On April 8, 2006, /n/'s topic was changed to News, and the existing /n/ board became /an/ - Animals & Nature.
/b/ Random ...is the birthplace of Anonymous, and where people go to discuss random topics and create memes on 4chan. October 1, 2003 4chan's first board. Initially founded with the topic "Anime/Random", which was changed to its current topic by November 8, 2003.
/bant/ International/Random ...is 4chan's international hanging out board, where you can have fun with Anonymous all over the world. May 4, 2017
/biz/ Business & Finance ...for the discussion of business and finance, and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Dogecoin. February 13, 2014
/c/ Anime/Cute ...for cute and moe anime images. October 6, 2003
/cgl/ Cosplay & EGL ...for the discussion of cosplay, elegant gothic lolita (EGL), and anime conventions. April 8, 2006
/ck/ Food & Cooking ...for food pictures and cooking recipes. April 8, 2006
/cm/ Cute/Male ...for posting pictures of cute anime males. March 30/31, 2004
/co/ Comics & Cartoons ...dedicated to the discussion of Western cartoons and comics. April 6, 2006
/d/ Hentai/Alternative ...for alternative hentai images. October 6, 2003
/diy/ Do-It-Yourself ...for DIY/do it yourself projects, home improvement, and makers. October 23, 2011
/e/ Ecchi ...for suggestive (ecchi) hentai images. January 19, 2005
/f/ Flash ...for sharing Adobe Flash files (SWFs). February 19, 2004 All files uploaded to /f/ must be an .swf file, and files can only be uploaded when making a new thread.
/fa/ Fashion ...for images and discussion relating to fashion and apparel. February 19, 2008
/fit/ Fitness ...for weightlifting, health, and fitness. February 19, 2008 Until August 11, 2013, /fit/'s topic was known as Health & Fitness.
/g/ Technology ...for discussing computer hardware and software, programming, and general technology. January 19, 2005 The shortform was originally used for the topic "Guro", created on October 9, 2003, which was deleted around March 28, 2004. By August 16, 2004, the board had apparently been resurrected, before being deleted for the final time on November 15, 2004.
/gd/ Graphic Design ...for graphic design. March 18, 2013
/gif/ Adult GIF ...dedicated to animated adult GIFs and WEBMs. February 26, 2005 Initially founded with the topic Animated GIF. Change to current topic occurred with the creation of /wsg/ (Worksafe GIF) on June 5, 2012.
/h/ Hentai ...for adult Japanese anime hentai images. October 2, 2003
/hc/ Hardcore ...for the posting of adult hardcore pornography. October 23, 2011 An old version of /hc/ was created on February 19, 2008. It was removed shortly after November 13, 2009.
/his/ History & Humanities ...for discussing and debating history. October 31, 2015
/hm/ Handsome Men ...dedicated to sharing adult images of handsome men. February 16, 2012
/hr/ High Resolution ...for the sharing of high resolution images. February 26, 2005
/i/ Oekaki ...for drawing and sharing art. April 8, 2006 An old BBS version of /i/ was created on October 6, 2003. The board was deleted on October 9, 2004 as two new boards, /ib/ (Oekaki Random) and /ip/ (Oekaki Pro) were created. The two oekaki boards were later merged back into the current /i/ board.
/ic/ Artwork/Critique ...for the discussion and critique of art. January 27, 2005
/int/ International ...for the exchange of foreign language and culture. January 25, 2010
/jp/ Otaku Culture ...for discussing Japanese otaku culture. February 20, 2008 Until February 20, 2010, /jp/'s topic was known as Japan/General.
/k/ Weapons ...for discussing all types of weaponry, from military tanks to guns and knives. September 8, 2004
/lgbt/ LGBT ...for Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer and sexuality discussion. March 18, 2013
/lit/ Literature ...for the discussion of books, authors, and literature. January 25, 2010
/m/ Mecha ...for discussing Japanese mecha robots and anime, like Gundam and Macross. before August 16, 2004
/mlp/ Pony ...dedicated to the discussion of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. February 16, 2012
/mu/ Music ...for discussing all types of music. April 8, 2006
/n/ Transportation ...for discussing modes of transportation like trains and bicycles. February 19, 2008 A related version of /n/ (Trains) was created before August 16, 2004, but deleted on October 9, 2004. /n/ (Nature & Wildlife) was created again on January 19, 2005, and became /an/ (Animals & Nature) on April 8, 2006 while a new /n/ (News) was created on the same day. Finally, the news board was replaced with the current version of /n/.
/news/ Current News ...for current news. November 14, 2015
/o/ Auto ...for discussing cars and motorcycles. September 8, 2004
/out/ Outdoors ...for discussing survivalist skills and outdoor activities such as hiking. March 18, 2013
/p/ Photography ...for sharing and critiquing photos. January 27, 2005 An old version of /p/ existed from around February 28, 2004 to January 27, 2005. The current version replaced the old version as it included new features such as EXIF data.
/po/ Papercraft & Origami ...for posting papercraft and origami templates and instructions. April 6, 2006
/pol/ Politically Incorrect ...for discussing and debating politics and current events. October 23, 2011 A previous version of /pol/ existed as /new/ (News), created on January 25, 2010 and deleted on January 17, 2011.
/pw/ Professional Wrestling ...for the discussion of professional wrestling. February 12, 2021 Was renamed "/pw/ - مصارعة محترفة" on January 11, 2023 when the WWE was rumored to be sold to Saudi Arabia. The name was changed back following the August 5, 2023 downtime.
/qst/ Quests ...for grinding XP. April 27, 2016
/r/ Adult Requests ...dedicated to fulfilling all types of user requests. January 8, 2004 Until approximately December 20, 2015, when /wsr/ was created, /r/'s topic was known as Request. A previous version of /r/ (Trains) was created on November 10, 2003, to test thread archiving. It was deleted on November 22, 2003.
/r9k/ ROBOT9001 ...for hanging out and posting greentext stories. October 23, 2011 Uses a script known as Robot9000, originally found on an xkcd IRC channel, which punishes unoriginal posts by muting users, with repeated infractions leading to an exponential increase in muting time (starts at two seconds). An old version of /r9k/ (ROBOT9000) was created on February 20, 2008, but was deleted on January 17, 2011.
/s/ Sexy Beautiful Women ...dedicated to sharing images of softcore pornography. October 9, 2003
/s4s/ Sh*t 4chan Says ...for posting dank memes :^) April 1, 2013 Initially an April Fools' Day gag added by moot, created as a satirical jab at the Shit Reddit Says subreddit. moot decided to make the board permanent as he liked the community that stayed after the day ended. Stylized as "[s4s]" as the board was originally given its own section on the board list (e.g. boards for artwork are listed as [i / ic]), but the syntax has since been changed.
/sci/ Science & Math ...for the discussion of science and math. January 25, 2010
/soc/ Cams & Meetups ...for camwhores and meetups. January 9, 2011 Until August 11, 2013, /soc/'s topic was known as Social.
/sp/ Sports ...for sports discussion. February 19, 2008 An old version of /sp/ was created on April 6, 2006, but was deleted on December 9, 2006.
/t/ Torrents ...for posting links and descriptions to torrents. December 16, 2003 Originally created with a torrent tracker. On January 25, 2004, the board and the tracker were taken down as the tracker strained the server. The board returned on February 19, 2004 with no tracker.
/tg/ Traditional Games ...for discussing traditional gaming, such as board games and tabletop RPGs. February 15, 2007
/toy/ Toys ...for talking about all kinds of toys! February 19, 2008
/trash/ Off-Topic ...4chan's imageboard jail for off-topic threads. November 7, 2015 /trash/ is the only active unlisted board. It was initially created as a dump for moderators to move off-topic threads out of other boards. The board has since become a hub for most other off-topic content, such as furry porn, My Little Pony porn, roleplaying, and Hunger Games threads.
/trv/ Travel ...dedicated to travel and the countries of the world. February 19, 2008
/tv/ Television & Film ...dedicated to the discussion of television and film. April 8, 2006
/u/ Yuri ...for yuri hentai images. before February 28, 2004
/v/ Video Games ...dedicated to the discussion of PC and console video games. October 9, 2004
/vg/ Video Game Generals ...dedicated to the discussion of PC and console video games. February 16, 2012 Despite the identical meta description with /v/, /vg/ is for discussing video games in generals so that the board is not flooded with discussion of one game.
/vip/ Very Important Posts ...for Pass users. October 1, 2015 Only users with a 4chan Pass can post on the board.
/vm/ Video Games/Multiplayer ...dedicated to the discussion of multiplayer video games. August 21, 2020
/vmg/ Video Games/Mobile ...dedicated to the discussion of video games on mobile devices. August 7, 2020
/vp/ Pokemon ...dedicated to discussing the Pokemon series of video games and shows. July 14, 2010
/vr/ Retro Games ...for discussing retro console video games and classic arcade games. March 18, 2013
/vrpg/ Video Games/RPG ...dedicated to the discussion of role-playing video games. July 31, 2020
/vst/ Video Games/Strategy ...dedicated to the discussion of strategy video games. August 14, 2020
/vt/ Virtual YouTubers ...for discussing virtual YouTubers. January 29, 2021
/w/ Anime/Wallpapers ...for posting Japanese anime wallpapers. October 6, 2003
/wg/ Wallpapers/General ...for posting general wallpapers. February 26, 2005
/wsg/ Worksafe GIF ...dedicated to sharing worksafe animated GIFs and WEBMs. June 5, 2012
/wsr/ Worksafe Requests ...dedicated to fulfilling non-NSFW requests. December 20, 2015
/x/ Paranormal ...for the discussion of paranormal, spooky pictures and conspiracy theories. February 15, 2007 A version of /x/ was created on January 27, 2005, with the topic of General Photo, but it was deleted on February 26, 2005.
/xs/ Extreme Sports ...dedicated to the discussion of extreme sports. February 19, 2021
/y/ Yaoi ...for posting adult yaoi hentai images. October 6, 2003

List of former 4chan boards[edit]

Shortform Topic Creation date Deletion/closure date Notes
/3/ 3DCG (old) January 19, 2005 between May 12 and June 6, 2005
/amh/ Anime-Manga-Hentai February 21, 2004 Unknown Text board hosted on 0ch.
/anime/ Anime before August 16, 2004 Unknown Text board hosted on software made by Shii.
/ascii/ ASCII Art before August 16, 2004 Unknown Text board hosted on software made by Shii.
/asp/ Alternative Sports & Wrestling March 18, 2013 February 12, 2021 Until November 12, 2015, /asp/'s topic was known as Alternative Sports. The board was closed and split into two new boards: /pw/ (Professional Wrestling) and /xs/ (Extreme Sports).
/bbs/ 4chan Discussion February 21, 2004 Unknown Text board hosted on 0ch.
/can/ Animals/Cute April 1, 2017 April 1, 2017 Merger of /an/ and /c/ for 2017 April Fools' Day.
/cock/ Comics & Cartoons & Cooking April 1, 2017 April 1, 2017 Merger of /ck/ and /co/ for 2017 April Fools' Day.
/con/ Conventions September 29, 2013 October 8, 2013 Created for the 10th Anniversary 4chan panel at AWA.
/dis/ Discussion April 30, 2004 February 2-18, 2006 Text board hosted on software made by Shii.
/fap/ Fashion & Photography April 1, 2017 April 1, 2017 Merger of /fa/ and /p/ for 2017 April Fools' Day.
/film/ Film & Movies April 27, 2016 April 27, 2016 An attempt to split /tv/ into two boards. It got shitposted hard with about 1300 posts and was removed hours later. /qst/ was made in its place.
/fitlit/ Well-Rounded Citizens April 1, 2017 April 1, 2017 Merger of /fit/ and /lit/ for 2017 April Fools' Day.
/fk/ For Kids! around December 23, 2009 May, 2014 A hidden joke board with one post (probably made by moot) about a 6th grader's grievances in school.
/fur/ Furry April 1, 2005 April 3, 2005 Honeypot board created for April Fools' Day 2005 to attract furries. Upon the board's deletion, every single user that had ever posted there was banned for three months.
/g/ Guro October 9, 2003 November 13, 2004 Temporarily closed around March 28, 2004, later revived during the year, then deleted permanently. The current topic for /g/ is Technology.
/game/ Games before August 16, 2004 Unknown Text board hosted on software made by Shii.
/hc/ Hardcore (old) February 19, 2008 after November 13, 2009
/htmlnew/ Testing April 18, 2014 April 19, 2014 A locked board for mods and admins to test changes to the CSS and HTML. Following the deletion of the board, the changes were added.
/i/ Oekaki (BBS) October 6, 2003 October 9, 2004 An old version of /i/ on a BBS board. It was deleted and split into two new boards: /ib/ (Oekaki Random) and /ip/ (Oekaki Pro).
/ib/ Oekaki Random October 9, 2004 April 8, 2006 Merged with /ip/ (Oekaki Pro) to create /i/ (Oekaki).
/ip/ Oekaki Pro October 9, 2004 April 8, 2006 Merged with /ib/ (Oekaki Random) to create /i/ (Oekaki).
/l/ Lolikon November 8, 2003 October 31, 2004 On December 29, 2003, /l/ was flooded with CP and had to be closed until January 8, 2004. Eventually deleted and moved to not4chan.org, which is now gone.
/mlpol/ My Little Politics April 1, 2017 April 1, 2017 Merger of /mlp/ and /pol/ for 2017 April Fools' Day.
/mo/ Mecha & Auto April 1, 2017 April 1, 2017 Merger of /m/ and /o/ for 2017 April Fools' Day.
/mtv/ Video Killed The Radio Star April 1, 2017 April 1, 2017 Merger of /mu/ and /tv/ for 2017 April Fools' Day.
/n/ Nature & Wildlife January 19, 2005 April 8, 2006 Replaced by /n/ (News) while the topic itself was given to /an/ (Animals & Nature).
/n/ News April 8, 2006 February 19, 2008 Replaced by /n/ (Transportation).
/n/ Trains before August 16, 2004 October 9, 2004
/outsoc/ Outdoor Socialization April 1, 2017 April 1, 2017 Merger of /out/ and /soc/ for 2017 April Fools' Day.
/p/ Photo before February 28, 2004 January 27, 2005 Was replaced by /p/ (Photography) which had more advanced features.
/q/ 4chan Feedback August 8, 2012 September 18, 2013 Until August 11, 2013, /q/'s topic was known as 4chan Discussion.
/q/ Questions March 1, 2004 March 2-8, 2004 Listed on the board list as /q/ - EMERGENCY DISCUSSION, likely due to moot asking for emergency donations to pay the server bill.
/qa/ Question & Answer January 22, 2015 November 3, 2021 Mods would often move meta threads here. Outside that, the board had essentially turned into a SFW random board, and was closed in response to soyjak spam and cross-board raiding.
/qb/ Quebec April 1, 2021 April 2, 2021 Joke board created for the Rakening on April Fools' Day 2021. Users with rakes attached to their posts are banned to /qb/ for the day.
/r/ Trains November 10, 2003 November 22, 2003 Created as a test run for thread archiving.
/r9k/ ROBOT9000 (old) February 20, 2008 January 17, 2011
/rs/ Rapidshare September 5, 2007 after April 7, 2014
/sm/ Shota/Male September 8, 2004 October 31, 2004 Moved to not4chan.org on November 5, 2004.
/sp/ Sports (old) April 8, 2006 December 9, 2006
/spa/ Tanoshii Sports April 1, 2017 April 1, 2017 Merger of /a/ and /sp/ for 2017 April Fools' Day.
/ss/ Straight/Shota April 8, 2006 Unknown Hosted on not4chan.org.
/sug/ Suggestion April 30, 2004 February 2-18, 2006 Text board hosted on software made by Shii.
/tl/ Torrents/Loli before December 1, 2004 February 20 - March 22, 2005 Likely hosted on not4chan.org.
/vint/ International Vidya April 1, 2017 April 1, 2017 Merger of /int/ and /v/ for 2017 April Fools' Day.
/x/ General Photo January 27, 2005 February 26, 2005 The current topic for /x/ is Paranormal.
/yg/ Yogurt April 8, 2006 Unknown Hosted on not4chan.org.
/z/ ZOMG NONE!!1 around September 29, 2004 around November 3, 2004 A user-moderated board based on SomethingAwful's FYAD, allowing users to vote on its mods. After deletion, it was replaced with "OH NO THE BOARD IS GONE" and the legendary Beedick image. It was eventually completely removed on June 10, 2015.

Secret boards[edit]

There were two secret boards I knew of. The first was /5/, which was for posting pictures of 5. The second was /z/, an exile board detailed at Everything Shii Knows.

Further information[edit]

Everything Shii Knows has an article on 4chan.

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