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IPFire


Last Update: 2024-02-02 02:44 UTC


IPFire is a Linux distribution that focuses on easy setup, good handling and high level of security. It is operated via an intuitive web-based interface which offers many configuration options for beginning and experienced system administrators. IPFire is maintained by developers who are concerned about security and who update the product regularly to keep it secure. IPFire ships with a custom package manager called Pakfire and the system can be expanded with various add-ons.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 174 (47), 6 months: 218 (32), 3 months: 219 (29), 4 weeks: 204 (29), 1 week: 189 (29)

Average visitor rating: 8.75/10 from 8 review(s).


IPFire Summary
Distribution IPFire
Home Page https://www.ipfire.org/
Mailing Lists https://lists.ipfire.org/mailman/listinfo
User Forums https://forum.ipfire.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://wiki.ipfire.org/
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Bug Tracker --
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Reviews 2.5: LWN
Where To Donate, Buy, or Try

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2023-07-16: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.27 Core 176
 • 2023-02-27: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.27 Core 173
 • 2022-09-16: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.27 Core 170
 • 2022-06-13: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.27 Core 168
 • 2022-03-10: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.27 Core 164
 • 2021-12-21: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.27 Core 162
 • 2021-10-05: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.27 Core 160
 • 2021-08-18: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.27 Core 159
 • 2021-06-21: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.25 Core 157
 • 2021-03-03: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.25 Core 154
 • 2020-11-16: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.25 Core 152
 • 2020-09-17: Distribution Release: IPFire 2.25 Core 149
 • More IPFire releases...

  Headlines:
 • 2021-02-02 IPFire to drop 32-bit support
 • 2020-11-09 Tips for working with IPS
 • 2020-10-14 IPFire explores IP address lookups
 • 2020-08-18 IPFire publishes firewall setup tips
 • 2020-08-05 IPFire explains DNS security
 • 2020-07-22 IPFire publishes guide to security
 • 2020-03-17 IPFire signing kernel modules
 • 2020-02-18 IPFire considers WireGuard
 • 2020-02-12 IPFire improves DNS options
 • 2019-07-02 IPFire loses ability to accept donations
 • More IPFire headlines...

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Feature 2.27-core176 2.25-core158 2.23-core139 2.21-core130 2.19-core120 2.17-core99 2.15-core86 2.13-core76 2.11-core65 2.9-core52 Feature
Release Date 2023-07-11 2021-07-19 2020-01-09 2019-04-16 2018-04-30 2016-03-05 2015-01-24 2014-04-16 2012-12-19 2011-09-17 Release Date
End Of Life                     End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 300-400 300-400 200-300 190-240 170-250           Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Default Desktop
Package Management pakfire pakfire pakfire pakfire pakfire pakfire pakfire pakfire pakfire pakfire Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture armv6l, x86_64 armv5tel, i586, x86_64 armv5tel, i586, x86_64 armv5tel, i586, x86_64 armv5tel, i586, x86_64 armv5tel, i586, x86_64 armv5tel, i586 armv5tel, i586 armv5tel, i586 i586 Processor Architecture
Init Software other other other other other other other other other other Init Software
Journaled File Systems                     Journaled File Systems
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Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 2.27-core176 2.25-core158 2.23-core139 2.21-core130 2.19-core120 2.17-core99 2.15-core86 2.13-core76 2.11-core65 2.9-core52 Full Package List

Full Package List:   IPFire 2.15-core86
  Number of packages: 438 (download as TXT)
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  •  acl-2.2.47
  •  acpid-2.0.16
  •  alsa-lib-1.0.27.1
  •  amavisd-new-2.5.2
  •  apcupsd-3.14.10
  •  Archive-Tar-1.29
  •  Archive-Zip-1.16
  •  arm-1.4.5.0
  •  arping-2.05
  •  asterisk-1.8.19.0
  •  attr-2.4.43
  •  autoconf-2.69
  •  automake-1.12.4
  •  avahi-0.6.31
  •  backup-ipfire
  •  bacula-5.2.13
  •  bash-4.3
  •  batctl-2014.3.0
  •  bc-1.06
  •  beep-1.3
  •  BerkeleyDB-0.27
  •  bind-9.9.5
  •  binutils-2.22
  •  bison-2.5.1
  •  bitstream-1.0
  •  bluez-libs-3.36
  •  boost_1_55_0
  •  br2684ctl
  •  bridge-utils-1.5
  •  bwm-ng-0.6
  •  bzip2-1.0.6
  •  cacti-0.8.8b
  •  cairo-1.10.2
  •  calamaris-2.59
  •  capi4k-utils-2005-07-18
  •  Carp-Clan-6.04
  •  check_mk_agent-1.2.4p5
  •  cifs-utils-5.9
  •  clamav-0.98.4
  •  client175_0.7
  •  ClientForm-0.2.9
  •  cmake-2.6.4
  •  collectd-4.10.7
  •  Compress-Zlib-1.35
  •  conntrack-tools-1.2.2
  •  Convert-TNEF-0.17
  •  Convert-UUlib-1.06
  •  coreutils-5.96
  •  cpio-2.11
  •  cpufrequtils-008
  •  crda-1.1.3
  •  cryptodev-linux-1.4-kmod-3.10.44-ipfire
  •  cryptodev-linux-1.4-kmod-3.10.44-ipfire-pae
  •  Crypt-PasswdMD5-1.3
  •  cups-1.7.0
  •  curl-7.31.0
  •  cyrus-imapd-2.2.12
  •  cyrus-sasl-2.1.21
  •  daq-2.0.2
  •  Date-Calc-6.3
  •  Date-Manip-6.40
  •  db-4.4.20
  •  DBD-mysql-4.010
  •  DBD-SQLite-1.40
  •  DBI-1.631
  •  dbus-1.0.3
  •  ddns-004
  •  ddrescue-1.12
  •  dejavu-fonts-ttf-2.33
  •  Device-Modem-1.56
  •  Device-SerialPort-1.000002
  •  DFB++-1.0.0
  •  dhcp-4.2.2
  •  dhcpcd-5.2.9
  •  diffutils-2.8.1
  •  Digest-1.08
  •  Digest-HMAC-1.01
  •  Digest-SHA1-2.10
  •  DirectFB-1.1.1
  •  dnsmasq-2.72
  •  dosfstools-3.0.9
  •  dpfhack-0.12devel
  •  dracut-006
  •  dvb-firmwares-20110802
  •  dvdrtools-0.2.1
  •  e1000e-3.0.4-kmod-3.10.44-ipfire
  •  e1000e-3.0.4-kmod-3.10.44-ipfire-pae
  •  e2fsprogs-1.42.6
  •  ebtables-v2.0.10-4
  •  ed-0.2
  •  elinks-0.12pre6
  •  espgs-8.15.1
  •  etherwake-1.09
  •  ethtool-3.0
  •  expat-2.0.0
  •  ez-ipupdate-3.0.11b8
  •  faad2-2.7
  •  fbset-2.1
  •  fcron-3.0.4
  •  feedparser-4.1
  •  fetchmail-6.3.26
  •  ffmpeg-export-2008-04-13
  •  file-5.11
  •  File-ReadBackwards-1.05
  •  File-Tail-0.99.3
  •  findutils-4.4.2
  •  fireinfo-v2.1.10
  •  flac-1.2.1
  •  flex-2.5.35
  •  fontconfig-2.5.91
  •  foomatic-4.0.9
  •  fping-3.4
  •  freefont-20060126
  •  freetype-2.1.10
  •  fuse-2.8.3
  •  fwhits
  •  gawk-3.1.5
  •  gcc-4.4.7
  •  gd-2.0.33
  •  GD-2.35
  •  gdbm-1.8.3
  •  GDGraph-1.4308
  •  GDTextUtil-0.86
  •  Geo-IP-PurePerl-1.17
  •  gettext-0.18.1.1
  •  git-1.8.5.2
  •  glib-2.32.3
  •  glibc-2.12-2-gc4ccff1
  •  gmp-4.3.2
  •  gmp-6.0.0
  •  gnump3d-3.0
  •  gnupg-1.4.12
  •  gperf-3.0.4
  •  gpgme-1.3.2
  •  grep-2.14
  •  groff-1.21
  •  grub-0.97
  •  guardian-ipfire
  •  gutenprint-5.2.9
  •  gzip-1.3.5
  •  hdparm-9.42
  •  hostapd-2.2
  •  hostname_3.15
  •  hplip-3.12.6
  •  HTML-Parser-3.45
  •  HTML-Tagset-3.04
  •  HTML-Template-2.94
  •  htop-1.0.2
  •  httpd-2.2.27
  •  hwdata
  •  iana-etc-2.10
  •  icecast-2.3.2
  •  icegenerator-0.5.5-pre2
  •  icinga-1.11.4
  •  iftop-0.17
  •  igb-5.1.2-kmod-3.10.44-ipfire
  •  igb-5.1.2-kmod-3.10.44-ipfire-pae
  •  igmpproxy-0.1
  •  imspector-20101008
  •  intltool-0.40.5
  •  IO-Socket-SSL-1.78
  •  IO-stringy-2.110
  •  iotop-0.6
  •  ipaddr-1.2
  •  iperf-2.0.5
  •  ipfire-netboot-v1.0
  •  iproute2-3.5.1
  •  iptables-1.4.21
  •  iptraf-ng-1.1.4
  •  iputils-ss020927
  •  ipvsadm-1.26
  •  iw-3.10
  •  joe-3.7
  •  jquery-1.10.2
  •  jwhois-4.0
  •  kbd-1.12
  •  keepalived-1.2.7
  •  kmod-13
  •  krb5-1.12.1
  •  l7-protocols-2009-05-10
  •  lame-3.97
  •  lcd4linux-0.11.0-svn1200-dpf
  •  lcdproc-0.5.6
  •  lcr-20121008
  •  less-443
  •  libart_lgpl-2.3.17
  •  libassuan-2.0.3
  •  libcap-2.19
  •  libdaemon-0.14
  •  libdnet-1.11
  •  libdvbpsi5-0.1.6
  •  libevent-1.4.14b-stable
  •  libevent-2.0.13-stable
  •  libexif-0.6.21
  •  libffi-3.0.11
  •  libgcrypt-1.6.1
  •  libgpg-error-1.13
  •  libid3tag-0.15.1b
  •  libidn-0.6.14
  •  libjpeg-turbo-1.3.0
  •  libmad-0.15.1b
  •  libmnl-1.0.3
  •  libmpdclient-2.5
  •  libnet-1.1.2.1
  •  libnl-1.1.4
  •  libnl-3.2.25
  •  libogg-1.3.0
  •  liboping-1.3.4
  •  libpcap-1.4.0
  •  libpng-1.2.46
  •  libpri-1.4.10.2
  •  libshout-2.2.2
  •  libsolv-0.0.0-c02d759
  •  libstatgrab-0.17
  •  libtool-2.4.2
  •  libupnp-1.6.18
  •  libusb-0.1.12
  •  libusbx-1.0.11
  •  libvorbis-1.3.3
  •  libwww-perl-5.803
  •  libxml2-2.6.32
  •  libxslt-1.1.17
  •  linux-3.10.44-ipfire
  •  linux-3.10.44-ipfire-headers
  •  linux-3.10.44-ipfire-pae
  •  linux-atm-2.4.1
  •  linux-firmware-52d77db
  •  Linux-PAM-0.99.10.0
  •  lm_sensors-3.3.4
  •  Locale-Codes-2.07
  •  logrotate-3.7.1
  •  logwatch-7.3.6
  •  lsof-4.78
  •  lynis-1.2.9
  •  lzo-2.06
  •  M2Crypto-0.21.1
  •  m4-1.4.16
  •  Mail-SpamAssassin-3.1.3
  •  MailTools-2.07
  •  make-3.81
  •  man-db-2.4.3
  •  man-pages-2.34
  •  mc-4.8.12
  •  mdadm-3.2.1
  •  mechanize-0.1.8
  •  mediatomb-0.12.1
  •  memtest86+-5.01
  •  miau-0.6.5
  •  MIME-tools-5.502
  •  minicom-2.4
  •  minidlna-1.1.3
  •  miniupnpd-1.8
  •  misc-progs
  •  mISDNuser-20121008
  •  mktemp-1.5
  •  motion-3.2.12
  •  mpage-2.5.6
  •  mpc-0.21
  •  mpd-0.16.5
  •  mpeg2dec-0.4.0b
  •  mpfire-ipfire
  •  mpfr-3.1.2
  •  mtools-3.9.10
  •  mtr-0.82
  •  multicat-2.0
  •  mysql-5.0.96
  •  nagios-3.0.6
  •  nagiosql-303
  •  nano-2.2.6
  •  nasm-2.10.03
  •  ncftp-3.2.1-src
  •  ncurses-5.9
  •  netcat-0.7.1
  •  Net-DNS-0.47
  •  Net-IPv4Addr-0.10
  •  netkit-telnet-0.17
  •  netpbm-10.26.46
  •  Net-Server-0.97
  •  net-snmp-5.4.2.1
  •  Net-SSLeay-1.55
  •  Net-Telnet-3.03
  •  nettle-3.0
  •  net-tools-1.60
  •  newt-0.51.6
  •  nfs-utils-1.2.7
  •  nginx-1.4.4
  •  nmap-6.01
  •  noip_updater_v1.6
  •  nrpe-2.12
  •  ntfs-3g-2011.1.15
  •  ntp-4.2.6p5
  •  nut-2.7.2
  •  oinkmaster-2.0
  •  openldap-2.3.20
  •  openmailadmin-1.0.0
  •  openssh-6.6p1
  •  openssl-0.9.8zd
  •  openssl-1.0.1k
  •  open-vm-tools-8.4.2-261024
  •  openvpn-2.3.6
  •  owncloud-7.0.0
  •  p7zip_4.65
  •  pakfire-0.9.25
  •  pam_mysql-0.7RC1
  •  pango-1.30.1
  •  parted-3.1
  •  patch-2.5.4
  •  paxctl-0.7
  •  pciutils-3.1.10
  •  pcmciautils-014
  •  pcre-7.7
  •  pcre-8.31
  •  PDF-API2-2.020
  •  perl-5.12.3
  •  perl-gettext-1.05
  •  php-5.3.27
  •  phpSANE-0.3.3
  •  pixman-0.26.0
  •  pkg-config-0.20
  •  popt-1.10.4
  •  portmap_6.0
  •  postfix-2.10.0
  •  Pound-2.7c
  •  powertop-1.13
  •  ppp-2.4.7
  •  pptp-1.7.2
  •  procps-3.2.6
  •  progressbar-2.2
  •  psmisc-22.2
  •  pycurl-7.19.0
  •  pygpgme-0.3
  •  pyliblzma-0.5.3
  •  Python-2.7.3
  •  python-distutils-extra-2.25
  •  pyxattr-0.5.0
  •  qemu-kvm-0.15.0
  •  readline-5.2
  •  readline-6.3
  •  reiserfsprogs-3.6.21
  •  rng-tools-5
  •  rrdtool-1.4.7
  •  rssdler-0.4.0a
  •  rsync-3.1.1
  •  samba-3.6.24
  •  sane-1.0.24
  •  sarg-2.3.3
  •  screen-4.0.3
  •  SDL-1.2.11
  •  sdparm-1.07
  •  sed-4.2.1
  •  sendEmail-v1.56
  •  setserial-2.17
  •  setuptools-0.6c11
  •  shadow-4.0.15
  •  slang-1.4.9
  •  smartmontools-6.1
  •  snort-2.9.6.1
  •  Sort-Naturally-1.03
  •  sox-12.18.1
  •  spandsp-0.0.6pre12
  •  sqlite-autoconf-3070603
  •  squid-3.4.8
  •  squid-accounting-1.0.1
  •  squidclamav-5.11
  •  squidGuard-1.4.1
  •  sshfs-fuse-2.2
  •  sslh-1.7a
  •  sslscan-1.10.2
  •  strace-4.7
  •  streamripper-1.63.5
  •  stress-1.0.4
  •  strongswan-5.2.1
  •  stunnel-5.01
  •  sudo-1.8.10p3
  •  swatch-3.2.3
  •  swig-2.0.1
  •  sysbench-0.4.12
  •  sysfsutils-1.3.0
  •  sysklogd-1.5
  •  syslinux-4.06
  •  sysstat-6.0.2
  •  sysvinit-2.88dsf
  •  taglib-1.5
  •  tar-1.22
  •  tcl8.4.13
  •  tcpdump-4.4.0
  •  tcpick-0.2.1
  •  tcp_wrappers_7.6
  •  teamspeak-2.0.24.1
  •  texinfo-4.13a
  •  Text-Tabs+Wrap-2005.0824
  •  tftp-hpa-0.48
  •  tiff-3.9.4
  •  TimeDate-1.20
  •  tor-0.2.4.23
  •  traceroute-2.0.18
  •  transmission-2.84
  •  tripwire-2.4.1.2
  •  tunctl
  •  tzdata-2014a
  •  udev-208
  •  Unix-Syslog-0.100
  •  unzip552
  •  URI-1.35
  •  urlgrabber-3.9.1
  •  usb-modeswitch-2.1.1
  •  usb-modeswitch-data-20140327
  •  usbutils-007
  •  util-linux-2.24
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Version: 2.27-core173
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-03-21
Votes: 9


N00b review, home user. Background is owning a Linux-based VDSL2 modem/router/wifi box which is no longer receiving updates.

My goal was to dumb/split down that thingy into two separate entities, namely a dumb DSL modem for IPfire RED side (aka public interwebs), and a simple ethernet+wifi switch which talks to IPfire on the GREEN side, what with ipfire keeping pub and private separate.

Lo and behold, ipfire pretty much worked out of the box, and compared to the firewall in my older combo box, the interface felt friggin' user *friendly*!

Samba add-on made it easy enough to turn ipfire into a poor man's home NAS. Enabled SSH server, went rogue in the CLI and now the damn thing is a full bitcoin node as well.

Long story short, this is what I tried to do with barebones Debian but did not know how... so much stuff in this distro which just manages to demystify swamp monster... er, interwebs... a little, for a n00b.

I love that this is an independent distro with some specific goals, with carefully chosen options (PAKfire) afaict. Me likee!


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Version: 2.27-core173
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-03-04
Votes: 1


This is a very nice system for building your own firewall. I got a new ISP and they shipped an awful locked-down Amazon unit that needed a bluetooth-enabled smartphone to talk to it so I wanted something else. Commercial stuff is expensive, and you want to be sure to get security updates. I tried OpnSense but the lack of decent wireless support on BSD was no good for me, I don't want to have a separate access point.

This is easy to install and configure, I used an old SFF office computer I rescued from the trash, with a second NIC installed. A decent WiFi dongle allows it to run as an AP as well, but make sure the device you choose supports AP mode. The forum and Wiki are great, and the developers respond promptly to questions. IPFire uses few system resources and has some excellent features such as the Intrusion Prevention system. There are also lots of logging options to see what's happening. My system has been running for over a year now, only rebooted for system updates.


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Version: 2.27-core163
Rating: 9
Date: 2022-02-27
Votes: 18


I am a former Freesco user and when it became hard to source hardware, I switched. I tried pfSense, and whilst I was impressed with what you can do, it really doesn't play nice with some hardware. Based on FreeBSD, it is less in tune with some consumer grade stuff. IpFire was next and being a Linux based firewall, it handles consumer stuff much better, yielding more reliability in my situation.

Overall config is easy, forum support is good, helpful, feature set from a security perspective very impressive. I managed to hook up my UPS easily, configure RED to the right VLAN, and get SSH setup securely. Recently I've moved the hardware to a simple appliance, and that combo works so well, I have literally all the services up and running. I like the ease of setting your own DNS servers, avoiding those the ISP provides and switching to secure DNS. OpenVPN is easy to set up and get going, and the DynamicDNS feature works well, it automatically maintains the assigned IP for you, allowing you easily connect from the outside.

Reporting is good, lots of info. I handle around 30-50TB every day, and it is rock solid. I have it reboot occasionally to clear the cache, but it's not really needed. Updates are frequent and useful, and have been for years. I've made several donations over the years to support the effort.

Probably it's biggest weakness is something pfSense and OPNSense can do, the routing part. There is some VLAN support, but if your ISP uses multiple RED's (or external networks in non IPFire speak), IpFire can't handle it, there is also not much in IPv6 support. Supposedly there is rewrite on the way supporting IPv6, but this is not a wealthy community, so progress is slow.

So for most SOHO scenarios, IpFire is great, but it might not be enough for your needs. It is true open source, well maintained by a group that knows what they are doing. The other Linux based offerings seem more the fremium model, even though they blab open source, their power has to be unlocked through payments. I would never go that route, so if IpFire can't do it for me, I'd go to pfSense, or OPNSense. So in my mind, IpFire is the best Linux based open source firewall distro out there. And that's quite something.


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