BBCode to HTML converter

What is BBCode and how do I use it

BBCode stands for Bulletin Board code. It is a lightweight markup language used to format posts in forums and message boards in a safer and easier way. It offers greater control over what and how something is displayed. 

BB code is a set of tags based on the HTML language. It allows you to add formatting to your messages in the same way as HTML does, but have a simpler syntax and will never break the layout of the web page you are viewing. 

There are two main reasons for switching from HTML to BBCode, i.e. security and simplicity. Allowing users to write HTML can cause severe security risks because harmful codes can disrupt the page’s layout. Some risks associated with HTML input are the installation of malware, redirection to hostile websites and stealing of cookie and session information.

Secondly, it's easy to learn and use BBCode because it has a simple syntax. On the other hand, HTML is quite complex. Dealing with HTML code can be daunting to users, especially inexperienced ones. BBCode is newbie-friendly. HTML can take weeks or even months to learn. Whereas BBCode can be easily learned in just a single day.

When was BBCode created?

Coalson LLC introduced BBCode in 1998. It can be used for things such as coloured text, underlined, bold and italic text, pictures, email, font size, quotes, abbreviations and links.

It is a special implementation of HTML and uses tags to format text, images, and other content. Similar to HTML, BBCode tags work with opening and closing, i.e. [tag] text [/tag]. 

BBCode syntax

In BBCode, tags are indicated by rectangular brackets surrounding a keyword, which is, in turn, transformed into HTML before being delivered to a web browser. These tags are directly associated with the desired formatting.

Popular BBCode tags

Examples of some popular BBCode tags are:

  • [b] bold text will go here [/b]
  • [i] italic text will go here [/i]
  • [u] underline text will go here [/u]
  • [color=red] Change text colour by using color tag [/color]
  • [url] [/url]
  • [quote] This is an anonymous quote [/quote]
  • [email] [/email]
  • [abbr="Cascading Style Sheets"] CSS [/abbr]

You can also combine 2 or multiple tags, i.e. 

[size=200][color=red][b] Hello World! [/b][/color][/size]

Use a list tag to create a list, i.e.






What is a BBCode to HTML converter tool

Don't have much knowledge about HTML?

BBCode to HTML Converter tool online can help you to convert BB code to HTML. You may have written texts in a forum and want to convert them to HTML, then the BBCode to HTML is just the right program for you. It provides an in-built editor to simplify the conversion process.

Convert BBCode to HTML using Free Nerd Tools

In today's article, we are using Freenerdtools' BBCode to HTML to convert BBCode to HTML flawlessly. It's interface is simple and self-explanatory. Simply copy and paste the BBCode in the text area and hit the submit button to generate its equivalent HTML form. Have a look at the example below.

BBCode input:

[b] BBCode to HTML Converter [/b]

[i] by Freenerdtools [/i]

[u] You can use this tool free of cost [/u]

[url] [/url]

HTML output:

BBCode to HTML Converter

by Freenerdtools

You can use this tool free of cost


[url] is the BBCode tag for creating links. There are two ways to add links, i.e. with a title or without a title. A link without text will only show a link. Whereas, a link with a text will show a text with a hyperlink.

Link syntax with no title: 

[url] [/url]

Link Syntax with a title or site name:

[url=] BBCode to HTML [/url]

BBCode video

The [video] tag allows you to embed videos from various video services within your posts. The formats it supports are YouTube, mp4, Vimeo and many more. The video will not start playing until the user clicks the play button.

[video] [/video]

For HD resolution video:

[video type="youtube" res="hd"] [/video]

How to add BBCode support in WordPress

WordPress has no built-in BBCode support. To support BBCode there, install and activate the BBCode plugin by bOingball. Go to the plugins section and click on add new plugin. Install the plugin and press activate to use it. Some other plugins for BBCode support are bbPress2 BBCode, BBCode Deluxe, WP BBCode and azurecurve BBCode.

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