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OPNsense

Last Update: 2018-12-13 12:05 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) and a custom build based on HardenedBSD. OPNsense also includes an update mechanism that delivers important security updates in a timely fashion.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 120 (78), 6 months: 127 (69), 3 months: 179 (40), 4 weeks: 165 (41), 1 week: 160 (40)

Average visitor rating: 8.7/10 from 20 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
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://opnsense.org/download
Bug Tracker https://github.com/opnsense/core/issues
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-07-31: BSD Release: OPNsense 18.7
 • 2018-07-24: Development Release: OPNsense 18.7 RC1
 • 2018-01-29: BSD Release: OPNsense 18.1
 • 2018-01-11: Development Release: OPNsense 18.1 RC1
 • 2017-07-31: BSD Release: OPNsense 17.7
 • 2017-07-17: Development Release: OPNsense 17.7 RC1
 • 2017-01-31: BSD Release: OPNsense 17.1
 • 2016-12-16: Development Release: OPNsense 17.1 Beta
 • 2016-07-28: BSD Release: OPNsense 16.7
 • 2016-07-04: Development Release: OPNsense 16.7 RC1
 • 2016-01-28: BSD Release: OPNsense 16.1
 • More OPNsense releases...

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Feature 18.7.9 17.7.12 16.7.14 15.7.18
Release Date 2018-12-13 2018-01-18 2017-01-25 2015-11-09
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Version: 18.7.8
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-11-26
Votes: 1


OPNSense is one of the best firewalls I have seen out there. It even supports virtualization which is great for virtual network security layering. My company uses XCP-ng which is another fine product however back to the point, OPNSense plays very nicely with it virtually. There is one glitch I have found that can crash some hardware setups. Sometimes you must turn off the TOS engine in it for networking to flow well. I love the interface compared to PFSense. I used to be a PFSense user until they cut support for nanobsd devices. As a network administrator I can tell you it is much easier to manage. I had to overcome the challenges of updating with PFSense, with every update something would go wrong and part of the firewall would no longer function (plugins wise). Things like pfblocker and snort would stop working and need to be MANUALLY uninstalled, reinstalled, and then reconfigured. Imagine doing that with 50 firewalls. NOT FUN!! Imagine those firewalls guarding emails and websites......EVEN MORE....NOT FUN!!

These guys have done a wonderful job and forum support is easy to find as well as their documentation.

I would very highly recommend this firewall even to a beginner but it has the advanced features a seasoned administrator would love to have with a simple easy to use interface for either case.


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Version: 18.1.12
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-07-19
Votes: 8


I tested five or six different firewall distributions (each of them for about week or so), till I found the one that fits my needs the best: OPNsense. As this is not the place to do direct comparison, I'll try to focus on what I do (+) or not (-) like on OPNsense:

+ HardenedBSD: call me paranoid, but that is one big extra point for OPNsense.
+ OpenSSL/LibreSSL: switching ssl-library, now ain't that beautiful?
+ sshd/webinterface port: easy to modify/change (unlike some other fws)

- interface: looks good on wide-screens, but not so good on 4:3 screens
- BSD network stack: single-cpu, not able to route full 1gbit but linux can (apu4b4)
- installation: hard-coded ip 192.168.1.1 and root password: why can't I change this?

Overall I'm very satisfied. Sure there are many other solutions, but for me OPNsense is the best...


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Version: 18.1.11
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-07-03
Votes: 2


I was floundering around after M0nowall stopped being actively supported and I tried out many different open source firewall solutions including Smoothwall, pfsense untangle, ipcop and Opnsense and I have to say for me Opnsense was always the better of them all.
Less complicated to get running. More actively up to date, far better support ,the one time I reported an upgrade issue it was fixed in hours, instead of weeks of dead air.
the active community and growing set of plugin's is great too. I never had any unexpected slowdown like other talks about Iperf throughput puts it squarely where I would expect a non-hardware accelerated firewall to be placed.


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