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Last Update: 2024-07-04 21:40 UTC

XigmaNAS (formerly NAS4Free) is an embedded open-source NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution based on FreeBSD. XigmaNAS supports sharing across multiple operating systems, including Windows, Apple and UNIX-like systems. XigmaNAS is easy to set up in most home and enterprise environments and will allow to manage and share large amounts of data easily across a network. XigmaNAS also incorporates many different streaming features for sharing multimedia with other devices on the network. XigmaNAS includes ZFS v28 (RAIDZ, RAIDZ2 and RAIDZ3) Software RAID (0,1,5), Disk Encryption, S.M.A.R.T / Email Reports, and it supports the following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI (initiator and target), HAST, CARP, Bridge, UPnP, and BitTorrent. All are highly configurable by using a web interface.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 165 (49), 6 months: 204 (37), 3 months: 169 (43), 4 weeks: 222 (26), 1 week: 216 (27)

Average visitor rating: 9.4/10 from 5 review(s).

XigmaNAS Summary
Distribution XigmaNAS (formerly NAS4Free)
Home Page https://www.xigmanas.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://www.xigmanas.com/forums/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://www.xigmanas.com/wiki/
Screenshots https://www.xigmanas.com/index.php?id=4
Download Mirrors https://xigmanas.com/xnaswp/download/DistroWatch Torrent Archive
Bug Tracker https://sourceforge.net/p/xigmanas/_list/tickets
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2023-08-04: BSD Release: XigmaNAS
 • 2021-01-24: BSD Release: XigmaNAS
 • 2019-11-08: BSD Release: XigmaNAS
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 • 2018-08-06 NAS4Free becomes XigmaNAS
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Rating: 8
Date: 2022-10-31
Votes: 3

I'm using wouldn't install but it not that big a problem. Overall I would recommend this for a file server. I tried to install Mint and just do a simple samba file share but despite reading over a dozen tutorials I could not get it configured and connected to my Windows machines. I looked at a few of the pure NAS OS's and tried a few without successful installation. I was able to get Xigmanas installed on an HP microserver and it worked well despite having only 4GB of RAM. It is just a simple file sharing server so nothing too taxing. I'm configuring another server with 32GB of RAM. My biggest complaint is that the GUI is not at all intuitive for someone without formal computer training. I have no computer training at all so I have to figure things out for myself. The online documentation is poor at best. If you are a computer person then I'm sure it all makes sense but for someone with none it's confusing. There are so many options and I have no idea what most of them mean. There should be some explanation of the multiple options available available through the WebGUI. There are some basic tutorials online but they are sparsely documented. I haven't been able to get a ZFS configured drive connected. I took 2 points off because of this and the documentation issue.

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Rating: 9
Date: 2022-07-17
Votes: 17

I tried XigmaNAS after the Web-UI of Open Vault Media turned out to be buggy as hell. And I have to say it's excellent! It was the first time I installed a BSD, but it was a breeze. The system and the Web-UI are pleasant to work with, simple and efficient yet powerful. The only critic I have is that some parts of the UI are not that intuitive (at least for me), like when you activate services or create/add new devices/arrays etc. - but overall the UI is well arranged and informative. And most important: your browser doesn't blow up because of "modern UI" JS crap.

The documentation is also pretty good, although sometimes outdated. But for the most parted the user get's a good guide how to work with the system and do stuff.

Another thing: the (idle) power consumption of the machine was significantly lower with XigmaNAS compared to Linux Distributions! Cool bonus. With additional advantages like native ZFS support XigmaNAS is a good choice for a NAS system.

Conclusion: Recommended!

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Rating: 10
Date: 2022-04-02
Votes: 70

I needed three NFS servers deployed as soon as possible for Linux infrastructure. I already had experience in similar servers setup and configurations but did this in traditional way: installed OS (Linus, FreeBSD or Solaris depending on used hardware) and manually installed/configured NFS or CIFS services. Sometimes I had to rebuild the servers again because there were compatibility issues with customers’ hardware. This time I needed to deploy multiple servers (all three were different brands) quickly and had no time to experiment with different OSes. After quick research about existing NAS distros I decided to try XigmaNAS and was happy with my choice. I was able to build servers on time with no issues. I love this distro. It worked well and I hadn’t noticed any issues so far.
- Not very intuitive interface for inexperienced person. However when you learn and understand the way to configure drives, storage pools and services you will be surprised how easy to setup the server
- No accounts configuration option during the setup therefore you would need to remember to change passwords for root and admin accounts after the installation
- Easy to install and configure if you are already familiar with the web interface and all available options
- Great hardware compatibility
- Great ZFS implementation

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