Alternatives to Shorewall for all platforms with any license



Web / Online

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  • Firewall Builder icon

    Firewall Builder

    Firewall Builder is Open Source multi-platform firewall management software that supports Linux iptables, FreeBSD ipfilter and ipfw, OpenBSD pf, CIsco PIX and Cisco IOS Access Lists.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Advanced Policy Firewall

    Server-based firewall. Reacts to attacks with intelligent abilities to detect malicious attempts to enter and reacting by blocking the IP temporarily. Repeated hits will ban the IP completely.

    Open Source Linux

  • HeatShield icon


    HeatShield is a network firewall management service and SSH brute force blocker for Linux servers.

    Freemium Linux Web / Cloud

  • ferm

    ferm is a tool to maintain complex firewalls, without having the trouble to rewrite the complex rules over and over again. ferm allows the entire firewall rule set to be stored in a separate file, and to be loaded with one command....

    Open Source Linux

  • iptablesbuild

    iptablesbuild is effectively a configuration manager for iptables. It is intended to manage iptables configurations in a centralized location for multiple systems.

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued The last update was on October 28th, 2013.

Shorewall Comments

Nice firewall design

Positive Comment by alevesely
about Shorewall Sep 2013

When I was new to iptables, shorewall scripts got me started easily. Configuration implies answering basic question on the local network. The output is rather readable, providing an example of how to use iptables effectively. Reading the output brings a working knowledge of iptables as a side effect. I uninstalled shorewall on the next day, but kept on customizing its firewall design ever after.