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 21 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: 4/20/2019 6:04:00 AM

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 • 9 agrees and 14 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source 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 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Multi purpose server. Not just firewall. AasOct 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux Self-Hosted CentOS

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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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  • 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 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not as resource hungry when IPS enabled Guest • May 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Linux Web

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ZeroShell

    Zeroshell is a Linux distribution for servers and embedded devices aimed at providing the main network services a LAN requires. It is available in the form of Live CD or Compact Flash image and you can configure and administer it using your web browser.

    Free Open Source Linux Self-Hosted

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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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  • 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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  • Untangle

    Untangle is a platform for deploying network based applications. The platform unites these applications around a common GUI, database and reporting. Applications on the Untangle platform inspect network traffic simultaneously, which greatly reduces the resource requirements of each individual application. Untangle can act as a complete unified threat management (UTM) box, going beyond just a basic firewall or router. It's aimed at small-to-medium businesses and enthusiast home users.

    Freemium Linux

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  • OpenWISP

    OpenWISP is a software platform that can be used to implement a complete public wifi service. The suite includes applications derived from tools used to offer public wifi service in different European countries. Automatic VPN configuration, users connectivity and access points management are gathered centrally at the operative center. This permits the use of pre-existing connectivity and a centralized monitoring: cost-effectiveness at its finest.

    Free Open Source Linux Self-Hosted

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  • CacheGuard-OS

    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. Once installed on a virtual or hardware machine, CacheGuard OS turns it into a powerful Web Gateway Appliance. CacheGuard products help ensure your success in building robust and secure solutions to manage your Web traffic while you concentrate on your core business.

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

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  • IPCop

    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. IPCop offers the critical functionality of an expensive network appliance using stock, or even obsolete, hardware and OpenSource Software. OLD PC + IPCOP = Secure Internet Appliance IPCop lets you take an old PC and convert it into an appliance that will. 1. Secure your home network from the internet. 2.

    • Discontinued 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.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Smoothwall

    The SmoothWall Open Source Project was set up to develop and maintain SmoothWall Express - a Free firewall that includes its own security-hardened GNU/Linux operating system and an easy-to-use web interface.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Kerio Control

    Protect your network from viruses, malware and malicious activity with Kerio Control, the easy-to-administer yet powerful all-in-one security solution. Kerio Control brings together multiple capabilities -- including a network firewall and router, intrusion detection and prevention (IPS), gateway anti-virus, VPN and content filtering. These comprehensive capabilities and unmatched deployment flexibility make Kerio Control the ideal choice for small and mid-sized businesses.

    Commercial Linux

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  • OpenContrail

    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. It has an extensive REST API to configure and gather operational and analytics data from the system. Built for scale, OpenContrail can act as a fundamental network platform for cloud infrastructure.

    Free Open Source Linux Self-Hosted

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  • BSD Router Project:

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

    Free Open Source BSD Self-Hosted

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  • securityrouter.org

    The securityrouter.org project is a network operating system and software distribution based on OpenBSD, with the main differentiator being the single, revision-managed, clear-text configuration file with soft re-configuration (atomic commits) editable from CLI and web interface, and documented security architecture. In general, it's a routing platform with security and VPN features. It aims to be a replacement for proprietary solutions like Cisco IOS and Juniper Junos.

    Freemium Self-Hosted

  • Juniper Contrail

    Using Contrail Networking, operators can modernize their cloud networks to achieve network abstraction and segmentation with continuous connectivity, providing the following advantages: Abstraction: Allows SDN to function as a compiler by translating abstract, high-level workflows into specific rules or policies. These policies automate the provisioning of workloads and enable the service chaining of network and security services.

    Commercial Self-Hosted

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