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All the documentation on this site can be downloaded in a variety of different formats (HTML, Postscript, PDF, and more) and compression schemes (BZip2, Zip) from the FreeBSD Download site.
Archived copies of the FreeBSD documentation (articles, books, and textinfo manuals) are also available online at http://docs.FreeBSD.org/doc/.
This documentation is provided and maintained by the FreeBSD Documentation Project, and we are always looking for people to contribute new documentation and maintain existing documentation.
Papers, presentations, and videos about FreeBSD are archived and catalogued on the FreeBSD Papers website.
model for the FreeBSD project (dev-model)
A formal study of the organization of the FreeBSD project.
Frequently Asked Questions, and answers, covering all aspects of FreeBSD.
FreeBSD Handbook (handbook)
A constantly evolving, comprehensive resource for FreeBSD users.
FreeBSD Developers' Handbook (developers-handbook)
For people who want to develop software for FreeBSD (and not just people who are developing FreeBSD itself).
FreeBSD Architecture Handbook (arch-handbook)
For FreeBSD system developers. This book covers the architectural details of many important FreeBSD kernel subsystems.
Essential reading if you plan on providing a port of a third party piece of software.
Chapter 2 of 'The
Design and Implementation of the 4.4BSD Operating System'
Donated by Addison-Wesley, provides a design overview of 4.4BSD, from which FreeBSD was originally derived.
FreeBSD Documentation Project Primer for New Contributors
Everything you need to know in order to start contributing to the FreeBSD Documentation Project.
should use a BSD style license for your Open Source Project
Describes the benefits of releasing code under a BSD license.
Products with FreeBSD (building-products)
How FreeBSD can help you build a better product.
Committer’s Guide (committers-guide)
Introductory information for FreeBSD committers.
to FreeBSD (contributing)
How to contribute to the FreeBSD Project.
List of FreeBSD Contributors (contributors)
A list of organizations and individuals who have helped enhance FreeBSD.
How to setup CUPS with FreeBSD.
An answer to the question "What is BSD?"
Configuring firewalls and filtering on FreeBSD hosts acting as bridges rather than routers.
A description of the various font technologies in FreeBSD, and how to use them with different programs.
How to get the best results from
the FreeBSD-questions mailing list (freebsd-questions)
Tips and tricks to help you maximize the chances of getting useful information from the -questions mailing list.
Your Own FreeBSD Update Server (freebsd-update-server)
Using a FreeBSD Update server allows a system administrator to perform fast updates for a number of machines from a local mirror.
Writing a GEOM
A guide to GEOM internals, and writing your own class.
UFS journaling on a desktop PC (gjournal-desktop)
A guide to create UFS partitions configured with journaling for desktop use.
The all in one guide for mirroring the FreeBSD website, FTP servers, and more.
Verification of IPsec Functionality in FreeBSD (ipsec-must)
A method for experimentally verifying IPsec functionality.
A practical guide about setting up an LDAP server on FreeBSD and how to use it for authenticating users.
Support for Leap Seconds (leap-seconds)
A short description of how leap seconds are handled on FreeBSD.
emulation in FreeBSD (linux-emulation)
A technical description about the internals of the Linux emulation layer in FreeBSD.
Quickstart Guide for Linux Users (linux-users)
An introductionary guide for the users that came from Linux.
Asked Questions About The FreeBSD Mailing Lists
How to best use the mailing lists, such as how to help avoid frequently-repeated discussions.
Information about the NanoBSD tools, which can be used to create FreeBSD system images for embedded applications, suitable for use on a Compact Flash card (or other mass storage medium).
For people coming to FreeBSD and UNIX® for the first time.
Authentication Modules (pam)
A guide to the PAM system and modules under FreeBSD.
All of the OpenPGP keys for FreeBSD.
Mentor Guidelines (port-mentor-guidelines)
Guidelines for new and/or potential port mentors and mentees.
Problem Report Handling Guidelines (pr-guidelines)
Recommended practices for handling FreeBSD problem reports.
FreeBSD Problem Reports (problem-reports)
How to best formulate and submit a problem report to the FreeBSD Project.
scripting in BSD (rc-scripting)
A guide to writing new rc.d scripts and understanding those already written.
Release Engineering (freebsd-releng)
Describes the approach used by the FreeBSD release engineering team to make production quality releases of the FreeBSD Operating System. It describes the tools available for those interested in producing customized FreeBSD releases for corporate rollouts or commercial productization.
FreeBSD Release Engineering (releng)
This paper describes the approach previously used by the FreeBSD release engineering team to make production quality releases of the FreeBSD Operating System.
Installation of the FreeBSD Operating System without a Remote
Describes the remote installation of the FreeBSD operating system when the console of the remote system is unavailable.
Serial and UART
Detailed information about the use of serial ports on FreeBSD, including several multi-port serial cards.
Solid State Devices (solid-state)
The use of solid state disk devices in FreeBSD.
Volume Manager (vinum)
Using gvinum to create RAID arrays.
elements of the FreeBSD VM system (vm-design)
An easy to follow description of the design of the FreeBSD virtual memory system.
Language Servers for Development in the FreeBSD Src Tree
A guide about setting up a FreeBSD src tree with language servers performing source code indexing.
Articles on other web sites
Various independent efforts have also produced a great deal of useful information about FreeBSD.
Niels Jorgensen has authored an academic study on the dynamics of the FreeBSD development process: "Putting it All in the Trunk, Incremental Software Development in the FreeBSD Open Source Project" [Information Systems Journal (2001) 11, 321-336].
Kirk McKusick, one of the original architects of BSD at U.C. Berkeley, teaches two 4.4BSD Kernel Internals courses using FreeBSD. For those unable to attend the courses in person, a video tape series is also now available.
Appendix A from the college textbook Operating Systems Concepts by Silberschatz, Galvin and Gagne has been made available online in PDF format. The appendix is dedicated to FreeBSD and offers a good introduction to FreeBSD’s internals.
Last modified on: September 27, 2022 by Pau Amma