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Getting FreeBSD

Release Information

Detailed descriptions of past, present, and future releases. Look here first to determine what the latest version of FreeBSD is.

Install FreeBSD

There are many options for installing FreeBSD, including installation from CD-ROM, DVD, USB stick or even directly using anonymous FTP, HTTP, or NFS. Depending on the FreeBSD version you want to install, please read through the FreeBSD9.X/10.X installation guide or the FreeBSD8.X installation guide before downloading the entire FreeBSD distribution.

Download FreeBSD

If you plan on getting FreeBSD via FTP or HTTP, please check the listing of mirror sites in the handbook to see if there is a site closer to you.

Version & Platform Distribution ISO Release
Notes
Hardware
Notes
Installation
Notes
Errata
FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE [View] [View] [View] [View]
amd64
(x86-64, x64)
[Distribution] [ISO]
i386 [Distribution] [ISO]
ia64 [Distribution] [ISO]
powerpc [Distribution] [ISO]
powerpc64 [Distribution] [ISO]
sparc64 [Distribution] [ISO]
FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE [View] [View] [View] [View]
amd64
(x86-64, x64)
[Distribution] [ISO]
i386 [Distribution] [ISO]
ia64 [Distribution] [ISO]
powerpc [Distribution] [ISO]
powerpc64 [Distribution] [ISO]
sparc64 [Distribution] [ISO]
FreeBSD 8.4-RELEASE [View] [View] [View] [View]
amd64
(x86-64, x64)
[Distribution] [ISO]
i386 [Distribution] [ISO]
pc98 [Distribution] [ISO]

Note: If you are in doubt of which platform / architecture to get, you probably need i386 if you have an older computer, and amd64 if you have a newer computer.

Help With The Next FreeBSD Release

Our developers and release engineers are working on the the next release of FreeBSD; if you wish to help with testing, please download the latest build. Please note that these images are, by their very nature, intended for testing and should not be used in production environments.

Version & Platform Distribution ISO
FreeBSD 10.1-STABLE
amd64
(x86-64, x64)
[Distribution] [ISO]
i386 [Distribution] [ISO]
ia64 [Distribution] [ISO]
powerpc [Distribution] [ISO]
powerpc64 [Distribution] [ISO]
sparc64 [Distribution] [ISO]

If you are interested in a purely experimental snapshot release of FreeBSD-CURRENT (AKA 11.0-CURRENT), aimed at developers and bleeding-edge testers only, then please see the FreeBSD Snapshot Releases page. For more information about past, present and future releases in general, please visit the release information page.

Purchase FreeBSD Media

FreeBSD can be acquired on CD-ROM or DVD from FreeBSD Mall, or one of the other CD-ROM and DVD Publishers.

Past Releases

For downloading past releases, please visit the FTP archive.

FreeBSD-derived Operating System Distributions

FreeBSD is widely used as a building block for other commercial and open-source operating systems. The projects below are widely used and of particular interest to FreeBSD users.

  • FreeNAS is an open source storage platform based on FreeBSD and supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems.

  • PC-BSD is a FreeBSD derivative with a graphical installer and impressive desktop tools aimed at ease of use for the casual computer user.

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

Applications and Utility Software

The Ports Collection

The FreeBSD Ports Collection is a diverse collection of utility and application software that has been ported to FreeBSD.

For information about how you can contribute your favorite piece of software to the Ports Collection, have a look at The Porter's Handbook and the article Contributing to FreeBSD.