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DistroWatch.com: pfSense

pfSense

Last Update: 2017-11-21 18:07 UTC


pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD specifically tailored for use as a firewall and router that is entirely managed via web interface. In addition to being a routing platform, pfSense includes a long list of related features and a package system which allows further expandability.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 116 (83), 6 months: 106 (91), 3 months: 93 (123), 4 weeks: 96 (124), 1 week: 108 (96)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 10 review(s).


pfSense Summary
Distribution pfSense
Home Page http://www.pfsense.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.pfsense.org/index.php
User Forums http://forum.pfsense.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.pfsense.org/index.php
Screenshots http://www.pfsense.org/screenshots/DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.pfsense.org/mirror.php?section=downloads
Bug Tracker http://redmine.pfsense.org/
Related Websites Wikipedia
Reviews 1.2: Linuxoid (Russian)
Where To Buy OSDisc.com (sponsored link)

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-10-12: BSD Release: pfSense 2.4.0
 • 2017-05-05: BSD Release: pfSense 2.3.4
 • 2017-02-21: BSD Release: pfSense 2.3.3
 • 2016-07-26: BSD Release: pfSense 2.3.2
 • 2016-05-19: BSD Release: pfSense 2.3.1
 • 2016-04-13: BSD Release: pfSense 2.3
 • 2016-04-01: Development Release: pfSense 2.3 RC
 • 2015-12-22: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.6
 • 2015-11-06: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.5
 • 2015-07-27: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.4
 • 2015-06-25: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.3
 • 2015-04-16: BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.2
 • More pfSense releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-06-19 Netgate offers support for pfSense
 •2017-05-01 pfSense publishes roadmap
 •2016-11-02 pfSense customer support
 •2016-07-16 pfSense changes license
 •2016-07-07 pfSense status report
 • More pfSense headlines...

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Feature 2.4.2 2.3.5 2.2.6 2.1.4 2.0.3 1.2.3 1.0.1 Feature
Release Date 2017-11-21 2017-10-31 2015-12-22 2014-06-25 2013-04-15 2009-12-11 2006-10-29 Release Date
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Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
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Journaled File Systems               Journaled File Systems
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Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List               Full Package List

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.0
from 10 review(s)



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Version: 2.3.5
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-11-09
Votes: 0


Been using Pfsense since 2008 and love it.Use it for work for around 200 people in separate businesses so I needed a way to keep the 80+ businesses as a separate network.

It has been rock solid, set and forget. I get excited when a new release comes out to see what has improved or been added.

It is only a small installation, around 100 vlans, several openvpn connections for remote voip handsets. Dual Wan, traffic shaping.

In the past 10 years I have had one failure and it was a bad ssd hdd, failed on reboot. And now the snmp service keeps stopping in the past two weeks. I cant complain. Going to upgrade to 2.4 tonight.

Keep up the good work.




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Version: 2.4.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-10-24
Votes: 0


Best of its best in open source code! Running it since almost day 1. No complains no reason to not trust. Keeps my network safe and reliable. Great firewall of all!


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Version: 2.3.4
Rating: 6
Date: 2017-10-16
Votes: 7


Decent FW for SOHO use. It seems stable, but suffers from a lack of maturity seen with paid options. The standard feature set is extensive and even includes clustering out of the box. Unfortunately, this functionality is basically a requirement for business use as the updates frequently fail and require manual intervention to bring the FW back online. Worse, the dev team has a real attitude and has recently been pushing to lock pfSense to Netgate hardware. While once a great project, it has begun to lose its shine; it may soon be time to look elsewhere for a good, free SOHO FW distro.


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