pfSense Alternatives and Similar Software

Alternatives to pfSense for Linux, Self-Hosted, Web, Windows, BSD and more. Filter by license to discover only free or Open Source alternatives. This list contains a total of 24 apps similar to pfSense.

pfSense is a free and open source firewall and router that also features unified threat management, load balancing, multi WAN, and more. If you're looking for more info about pfSense like screenshots, reviews and comments you should visit our info page about it. Below you find the best alternatives.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 7/21/2020 1:55:00 PM

Alternatives to pfSense for all platforms with any license

  • OPNsense

    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.

    • Stability is the in the center of OPNsense distribution. To achieve this goal, only a limited number of plugins are available, but they are well tested and upgraded together with the core. Guest • May 2017 • 7 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • OPNSense has the lost features in pfSense. Guest • Oct 2016 • 11 agrees and 15 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Self-Hosted

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  • MikroTik RouterOS

    The main product of MikroTik is a Linux-based operating system known as MikroTik RouterOS. Installed on a personal computer or server computer, it turns the computer into a network router, implementing features such as firewall rules, virtual private network (VPN) server and client, bandwidth shaping and quality of service, wireless access point functions and other commonly used features for routing and interconnecting networks.

    Commercial Web Self-Hosted

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  • NethServer

    NethServer is a CentOS-based Linux distribution for servers. The product's main feature is a modular design which makes it simple to turn the distribution into a mail server and filter, web server, groupware, firewall, web filter, IPS/IDS or VPN server. It also includes a comprehensive web-based user interface that simplifies common administration tasks and enables single-click installation of several pre-configured modules.

    • It's main function (server) does not match pfSense (firewall) Guest • Jun 2019 • 8 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Multi purpose server. Not just firewall. AasOct 2018 • 5 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux Self-Hosted CentOS

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  • Sophos UTM

    Sophos UTM integrates complete security software within a single appliance. Choose only the protection you need when you need it. And deploy it on the platform that best fits your business: software, hardware or virtual appliance. Each offers an identical feature set no matter if you protect 10 or 5,000 users. And our easy web-based management console enables easy, consolidated management of all your IT security.

    • Free for home use.....very complete package. Guest • Jul 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not as resource hungry when IPS enabled Guest • May 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Linux Web

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  • IPFire

    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. Along with this hardened, minimalist come lots of addons that can be installed with a simple click. That's what makes IPFire different from other firewall distributions: it is easy to configure for any task, and easy to administer once it's set up.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • ClearOS

    ClearOS is a family of operating systems for the enterprise, small business, and home. There are three editions to choose from depending on your needs and suitable to your abilities. They are: ClearOS Enterprise, ClearOS Home, and ClearOS Core. ClearOS is a powerful network and gateway server designed for small organizations and distributed environments.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • VyOS

    VyOS is a community fork of Vyatta , a Linux-based network operating system that provides software-based network routing, firewall, and VPN functionality. VyOS is an open source network operating system providing advanced IPv4 and IPv6 routing, stateful firewalling, IPSec and SSL OpenVPN and more. When you add VyOS to a standard x86 hardware system, you can create an enterprise grade network appliance that easily scales from DSL to 10Gbps.

    Commercial $ $ $ Open Source Linux

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  • Endian Firewall Community

    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. The software has been designed with "usability in mind" and is very easy to install, use and manage, without losing its flexibility.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • LibreMesh

    LibreMesh is a set of modules extending the OpenWrt router distribution to create self-configuring wireless and wired mesh networks. By default it uses ad-hoc wifi networking and batman-adv, BMX as the routing daemons. You can compile your own flavor of Libre-Mesh and choose the routing daemons and the extensions you need. In addition to batman-adv and BMX, it currently supports BGP, Babel, OLSR, OLSRv2.

    Free Linux OpenWrt LEDE - Linux Embedded Development Environment

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