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IPFire Alternatives

IPFire is described as 'server distribution with intended to use as a firewall. It focuses on flexibility, and scales from small to middle sized business networks and home networks' and is a Firewall in the security & privacy category. There are more than 10 alternatives to IPFire for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Self-Hosted solutions, Windows, BSD and VirtualBox. The best alternative is pfSense, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like IPFire are OPNsense, MikroTik RouterOS, Endian Firewall Community and VyOS.

IPFire alternatives are mainly Firewalls but may also be VPN Services or Operating Systems. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of IPFire.
This page was last updated Feb 10, 2022
  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux

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  1. pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall, and router.

  2. OPNsense

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted

    OPNsense includes most of the features available in expensive commercial firewalls, and more in many cases. It brings the rich feature set of commercial offerings with the benefits of open and verifiable sources.

  3. MikroTik RouterOS

    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    The main product of MikroTik is a Linux-based operating system known as MikroTik RouterOS.

  4. Endian Firewall Community (EFW) is a "turn-key" linux security distribution that turns every system into a full featured security appliance with Unified Threat Management (UTM) functionality.

  5. VyOS is a community fork of Vyatta , a Linux-based network operating system that provides software-based network routing, firewall, and VPN functionality.

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    Because it's also a router OS.

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  6. CacheGuard-OS

    • Windows
    • VirtualBox
    • VMware vSphere Hypervisor
    • Microsoft Hyper-V Server
    • Proxmox Virtual Environment

    All CacheGuard products and services are focused on delivering secured and optimized Web contents to our clients. To achieve that goal we made CacheGuard OS which is our core product.

  7. BSD Router Project:

    • FreeOpen Source
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted

    BSD Router Project (BSDRP) is an embedded free and open source software router distribution based on FreeBSD with FRRouting (Quagga fork) and Bird.

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  8. OpenContrail is an Apache 2.0-licensed project that is built using standards-based protocols and provides all the necessary components for network virtualization–SDN controller, virtual router, analytics engine, and published northbound APIs.

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  9. macOS Server

    • Mac

    Just like that, your Mac is a powerful server.

  10. IPCop

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    IPCop Firewall is a Linux firewall distribution geared towards home and SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) users. The IPCop interface is very user-friendly and task-based.


    The project seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 2.1.9, released in February 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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