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Last Update: 2019-12-03 23:52 UTC

OPNsense is a HardenedBSD-based specialist operating system (and a fork of pfSense) designed for firewalls and routers. It is developed by Deciso B.V. in the Netherlands. Some of the features of OPNsense include forward caching proxy, traffic shaping, intrusion detection, two-factor authentication and easy OpenVPN client setup. The project's focus on security brings a number of unique features, such as the option to use LibreSSL instead of OpenSSL (selectable in the GUI). OPNsense also includes an update mechanism that delivers important security updates in a timely fashion.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 130 (72), 6 months: 134 (70), 3 months: 192 (38), 4 weeks: 182 (36), 1 week: 179 (36)

Average visitor rating: 8.88/10 from 26 review(s).

OPNsense Summary
Distribution OPNsense
Home Page https://opnsense.org/
Mailing Lists https://opnsense.org/support-overview/mailing-list/
User Forums https://forum.opnsense.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://docs.opnsense.org/
Screenshots https://opnsense.org/about/features/DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://opnsense.org/download
Bug Tracker https://github.com/opnsense/core/issues
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2019-07-17: BSD Release: OPNsense 19.7
 • 2019-07-09: Development Release: OPNsense 19.7 RC1
 • 2019-01-31: BSD Release: OPNsense 19.1
 • 2018-07-31: BSD Release: OPNsense 18.7
 • 2018-07-24: Development Release: OPNsense 18.7 RC1
 • 2018-01-29: BSD Release: OPNsense 18.1
 • 2018-01-11: Development Release: OPNsense 18.1 RC1
 • 2017-07-31: BSD Release: OPNsense 17.7
 • 2017-07-17: Development Release: OPNsense 17.7 RC1
 • 2017-01-31: BSD Release: OPNsense 17.1
 • 2016-12-16: Development Release: OPNsense 17.1 Beta
 • 2016-07-28: BSD Release: OPNsense 16.7
 • More OPNsense releases...

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Version: 19.7.4
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-09-19
Votes: 0

Was using pfsense on netgate sg-1100. The netgate hardware failed after 3 months. While waiting for the replacement I put opnsense on a pc engines APU2 board and am very happy with it so far.

The GUI is easier on the eyes and the options are laid out better, IMHO.

Don't think I will be going back to pfsense on netgate.

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Version: 19.1.10
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-07-13
Votes: 18

pfSense convert here -

Left pfSense initially because web GUI stopped working and I got fed up. Haven't looked back since switching.

More closely follows FreeBSD source tree than pfSense, starting with hardened version and then building on top of it as little as necessary. So basically Hardened FreeBSD with a web GUI and different repos+packages, rather than a re-invention of the wheel.

As a result, updates come more quickly and are less buggy (IMO). Also, GUI looks nicer and has a bit more logical layout/workflow. OPN community not as large but it's easy enough to get help - not generally necessary since it's so easy to use.

Lastly, runs good in ESXi 6.7U1 w/ open-vm-tools-nox11 + dedicated WAN NIC passthrough (for security reasons). Have been virtualizing on Supermicro X9SPU-F MB w/ 2x integrated 82574LM PHYs since Dec 2018 without issue. Very, very happy.

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Version: 19.1.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-03-07
Votes: 79

Switched and been using OPNsense for 1 year now. Starting to switch clients over too.

What is great so far:
Many advance firewall features
APIs based access, WebGUI isolation, and HardenBSD (ASLR, PIE, SEGVGUARD, etc.) make it one of the more securely designed opensource firewalls.
Early support for Wireguard VPN.
Fast development and responsiveness to issues.
Devs and forums much more open to conversations and helping users with non-official hardware

Also check out Sensei add-on for layer 7 filtering and TLS inspection features! Amazing this is available in opensource solution.

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