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pfSense RSS Feed DistroWatch.com: pfSense


Last Update: 2018-03-29 23:57 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: 131 (70), 6 months: 145 (56), 3 months: 162 (43), 4 weeks: 161 (42), 1 week: 162 (42)

Average visitor rating: 9.09/10 from 11 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
Documentation http://www.pfsense.org/index.php
Screenshots http://www.pfsense.org/screenshots/DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors http://www.pfsense.org/mirror.php?section=downloads
Bug Tracker http://redmine.pfsense.org/
Related Websites Wikipedia
Reviews 1.2: Linuxoid (Russian)
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-03-30: BSD Release: pfSense 2.4.3
 • 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
 • More pfSense releases...

 •2018-09-21 pfSense 2.3 nearing end of life
 •2018-07-17 pfSense Gold services becoming free
 •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 2.4.3 2.3.5 2.2.6 2.1.4 2.0.3 1.2.3 1.0.1 Feature
Release Date 2018-03-29 2017-10-31 2015-12-22 2014-06-25 2013-04-15 2009-12-11 2006-10-29 Release Date
End Of Life               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 300-310 295-315           Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Default Desktop
Package Management -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Package Management
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
Init Software RC RC RC RC RC RC RC Init Software
Journaled File Systems               Journaled File Systems
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List               Full Package List

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Version: 2.4.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-31
Votes: 13

In a nutsehll: I've installed and ran: Sophos, ClearOS, Untangle, Simplewall, Smoothwall, IPFire & others (in addition to HW-based Cisco, Juniper, Fortinet, Sonicwall, etc.) firewalls (and that's just this week).

pfSense is BY FAR the:

fastest to get operational
easiest to install
simplest to configure
highest network-traffic throughput

and features an obvious & intuitive configuration interface. It leads the others by an immeasurably wide margin. I'm using it now, > 10-minutes after booting & installing to HDD from CD.

I guess I should be happy I implemented pfSense last. Now I don't have to waste any more of my time with the competition.

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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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