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Open Source MikroTik RouterOS Alternatives

The best open source alternative to MikroTik RouterOS is DD-WRT. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to MikroTik RouterOS and 16 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to MikroTik RouterOS are pfSense, OpenWrt, OPNsense and VyOS.

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

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  1. DD-WRT icon

    DD-WRT

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    DD-WRT is a Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for a great variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems.

    Is this a good alternative?
    Yes
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    Almost everyone thinks DD-WRT is a great alternative to MikroTik RouterOS.
  2. pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall, and router.

    Is this a good alternative?
    Yes
    No
    Most users think pfSense is a great alternative to MikroTik RouterOS.


  3. OpenWrt icon

    OpenWrt

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    OpenWrt ?is a highly extensible ?GNU/?Linux ?distribution for embedded devices ?(typically wireless routers). Unlike many other distributions for these routers, OpenWrt ?is built from the ground up to be a full-featured, easily modifiable operating system for your router.

    Is this a good alternative?
    Yes
    No
  4. OPNsense icon

    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.

    Is this a good alternative?
    Yes
    No
  5. VyOS is a community fork of Vyatta , a Linux-based network operating system that provides software-based network routing, firewall, and VPN functionality.

    Is this a good alternative?
    Yes
    No


  6. Tomato by Shibby icon

    Tomato by Shibby

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Tomato

    TomatoUSB fork.

    • Torrent client integration (Transmission) with user-friendly GUI for configuration.
    • NFS server integration
    • Support for USB 3G modems (thx @LDevil)
    • Support MultiWAN.

    Discontinued

    Project Discontinued - No project activity since may 2017.

    Is this a good alternative?
    Yes
    No
  7. Freshtomato icon

    Freshtomato

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    a system based on Linux, dedicated for routers with Broadcom chipset and distributed on the GPL license. This advanced system consists of a particularly friendly interface, thanks to which even inexperienced users can easily work with it.

    Is this a good alternative?
    Yes
    No
  8. OpenWISP icon

    OpenWISP

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    OpenWISP is a software platform that can be used to implement a complete public wifi service.

    Is this a good alternative?
    Yes
    No
  9. IPFire icon

    IPFire

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    IPFire is a 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.

    Is this a good alternative?
    Yes
    No
  10. DANOS icon

    DANOS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted

    DANOS unified network operating system driving innovation across the networking stack. DANOS is based upon Vyatta and uses DPDK so it should be able to forward packets line rate (10G).

    Is this a good alternative?
    Yes
    No
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