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Last Update: 2018-12-06 04:04 UTC

FreeNAS is a tiny FreeBSD-based operating system which provides free Network-Attached Storage (NAS) services (CIFS, FTP and NFS).

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 111 (93), 6 months: 104 (120), 3 months: 139 (72), 4 weeks: 142 (49), 1 week: 131 (48)

Average visitor rating: 8.6/10 from 10 review(s).

FreeNAS Summary
Distribution FreeNAS
Home Page http://www.freenas.org/
Mailing Lists http://lists.freenas.org/mailman/listinfo
User Forums http://forums.freenas.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://doc.freenas.org/
Screenshots http://www.freenas.org/about/screenshot.html
Download Mirrors https://www.freenas.org/download-freenas-release/
Bug Tracker http://support.freenas.org/
Related Websites Learn FreeNASWikipedia
Reviews 11.x: DistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-12-06: BSD Release: FreeNAS 11.2
 • 2018-11-20: Development Release: FreeNAS 11.2-RC2
 • 2018-07-18: Development release: FreeNAS 11.2-BETA1
 • 2017-12-14: BSD Release: FreeNAS 11.1
 • 2017-06-14: BSD Release: FreeNAS 11.0
 • 2017-05-05: Development Release: FreeNAS 11.0-RC
 • 2017-03-15: BSD Release: FreeNAS Corral
 • 2016-11-24: Development Release: FreeNAS 10-BETA2
 • 2016-09-02: Development Release: FreeNAS 10-BETA
 • 2016-03-22: BSD Release: FreeNAS 9.10
 • 2015-10-09: Development Release: FreeNAS 10.2-ALPHA
 • 2014-12-09: BSD Release: FreeNAS 9.3
 • More FreeNAS releases...

 •2017-04-13 FreeNAS changes plans for Corral
 •2016-04-15 FreeNAS updates Samba
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Feature 11.2 9.10 8.3.1 0.7.2 0.69.2 0.686.4
Release Date 2018-12-06 2016-03-22 2013-03-20 2010-11-06 2009-06-11 2008-05-23
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Version: 11.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-03-07
Votes: 0

I've been using FreeNAS for years, since version 9. It has worked very well for me even through upgrades from 9.3 to 11.2. My server sits in the basement and quietly serves up data. A little work to setup but worth it.

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Version: 11.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-12-11
Votes: 1

Easy installation and easy maintenance.

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Version: 11.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-08-29
Votes: 6

Been using FreeNAS for over a year. Started on 11.1 train and have been pleased with most functionality. Recently I attempted to run the 11.2beta2, but that ran into complications with temperature monitoring support.

The use of jails was something foreign to me, but BSD has me convinced they are a superior way to run processes on a server. No jail can cause interference with the others and permissions aren't a problem between jails with mounting. Restarting a jail is quick and easy if a process hangs.

One complaint I have is that 9.10 to 11.1 to 11.2 is a strange transition. 9.10 users will be on warden jails, but 11.2 users will be on iocage. 11.1 users like myself are supposed to start using iocage, but the UI doesn't support it and the developers are themselves critical of building jails outside the webui. So at the moment my iocage and warden mixture involved hoping between UI's and CLI's.

Performance with jails has been stellar. VM performance is nice too, but be warned that newer linux kernels still do not play nice with FreeNAS 11.1. It supposedly will be corrected in 11.2 from my understanding.

SMBv1 still hung around in FreeNAS SMB sharing longer than it did in Windows 10, so that caused some temporary complications, but 11.1U6 addresses this by removing SMBv1.

Overall I can't see myself ever using a different operating system for NAS. I'm a ZFS believer now.

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