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Last Update: 2023-01-26 15:36 UTC

OPNsense is a FreeBSD-based specialist operating system (and a fork of pfSense) designed for firewalls and routers. It is developed by Deciso B.V. in the Netherlands. Some of the features of OPNsense include forward caching proxy, traffic shaping, intrusion detection, two-factor authentication and easy OpenVPN client setup. The project's focus on security brings a number of unique features, such as the option to use LibreSSL instead of OpenSSL (selectable in the GUI). OPNsense also includes an update mechanism that delivers important security updates in a timely fashion.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 156 (62), 6 months: 165 (54), 3 months: 211 (33), 4 weeks: 199 (33), 1 week: 212 (27)

Average visitor rating: 9.43/10 from 7 review(s).

OPNsense Summary
Distribution OPNsense
Home Page https://opnsense.org/
Mailing Lists https://opnsense.org/support-overview/mailing-list/
User Forums https://forum.opnsense.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://docs.opnsense.org/
Screenshots https://opnsense.org/about/features/DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://opnsense.org/downloadDistroWatch Torrent Archive
Bug Tracker https://github.com/opnsense/core/issues
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2023-07-31: BSD Release: OPNsense 23.7
 • 2023-01-26: BSD Release: OPNsense 23.1
 • 2022-07-28: BSD Release: OPNsense 22.7
 • 2022-01-27: BSD Release: OPNsense 22.1
 • 2021-07-29: BSD Release: OPNsense 21.7
 • 2021-01-28: BSD Release: OPNsense 21.1
 • 2020-07-30: BSD Release: OPNsense 20.7
 • 2020-01-30: BSD Release: OPNsense 20.1
 • 2019-07-17: BSD Release: OPNsense 19.7
 • 2019-07-09: Development Release: OPNsense 19.7 RC1
 • 2019-01-31: BSD Release: OPNsense 19.1
 • 2018-07-31: BSD Release: OPNsense 18.7
 • More OPNsense releases...

 • 2021-04-23 OPNsense to move its base to FreeBSD
 • More OPNsense headlines...

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Version: 23.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-10-15
Votes: 2

I have used a lot of FW OS's throughout the years but these days i stick with OPNsense Its been running very well for both on dedicated hw and in VMs. Previously i was using PFsense which is just as good but slightly different, mostly in the UI/features where OPNsense is fresh/uptodate and PFsense is more minimalistic and focused on total reliability.
I switched over because OPNsense supported the newer tech which is what i needed, its not totally without issues though.. currently its undergoing some updates and its spitting quite some error logs for no reason. Everything works well though, i've not experienced any breaking changes but thats exactly why many people prefer PFsense. At the end of the day they are both great. Try either and stick with what you enjoy using.

OPNsense's biggest weakpoint is easy IDS configuration, PFsense has a great plugin which is easy to setup... but aside the IDS config .. evrything else feels more intuitive and easier to setup/manage.
OPNsense has more plugins, PFsense very few in comparison.
OPNsense has a great UI, while PFsense has menus that are a mess but its do able.
... agh just try both and see what you like

My vote goes to OPNsense

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Version: 22.1.8
Rating: 9
Date: 2022-06-22
Votes: 19

I like this Firewall/Router distro. It is very powerful. It is quick to update which is both good and bad. I've had a few updates break functions needed for my network, I always wait a week before updating because of this.

I like this is true BSD. It used to be based on HardnedBSD but not has returned back to FreeBSD, like the other BSD router software which is also very good in its own way. I feel the developers are more focused now and I see a lot of good features added and un-needed ones removed. It has also forked long enough where they are forging their own path with very little legacy code.

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Version: 22.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2022-02-02
Votes: 5

I have this running smoothly on a Dell Precision T1700 using on-board NIC and USB Ethernet adapter. The OS had no trouble detecting the hardware and installing the appropriate drivers. Rock-solid stable and full of features.

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