Introduction

The pfSense project is a free open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router entirely managed by an easy-to-use web interface. This web interface is known as the web-based GUI configurator, or WebGUI for short. No FreeBSD knowledge is required to deploy and use pfSense. In fact, the majority of users have never used FreeBSD outside of pfSense. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform, pfSense includes a long list of related features. The pfSense package system allows further expandability without adding bloat and potential security vulnerabilities to the base distribution. pfSense is a popular project with millions of downloads since its inception and hundreds of thousands of active installations. It has been proven successful in countless installations ranging from single computer protection in small home networks to thousands of network devices in large corporations, universities and other organizations.

To download the latest version, see previous versions, or to upgrade follow the guides located on the pfSense downloads page.

Project Inception

This project was founded in 2004 by Chris Buechler and Scott Ullrich. Chris contributed to m0n0wall for some time prior and found it to be a great solution. Although thrilled with the project, many users longed for more capabilities than those accommodated by a project strictly focused towards embedded devices with their limited hardware resources. Enter pfSense. In 2004, there were numerous embedded solutions with 64 MB RAM that couldn’t accommodate the desired feature set of pfSense, thus pfSense expanded to work on more capable PC and server type hardware.