pfSense Alternatives for Linux

pfSense is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The most popular Linux alternative is Small NethServer iconNethServer, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked 24 alternatives to pfSense and 15 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to pfSense are Small Sophos UTM iconSophos UTM (Paid), Small IPFire iconIPFire (Free, Open Source), Small ClearOS iconClearOS (Free, Open Source) and Small VyOS iconVyOS (Paid, Open Source).

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 Linux with any license

  • 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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  • 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.

    • low priced home user support option - still get an enterprise grade firewall that a home user can discern and use readily. Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree

    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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