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PfSense 2.3-RELEASE Now Available

pfSense 2.3-RELEASE Now Available!

We are happy to announce the release of pfSense® software version 2.3!

The most significant changes in this release are a rewrite of the webGUI utilizing Bootstrap, and the underlying system, including the base system and kernel, being converted entirely to FreeBSD pkg. The pkg conversion enables us to update pieces of the system individually going forward, rather than the monolithic updates of the past.  The webGUI rewrite brings a new responsive look and feel to pfSense requiring a minimum of resizing or scrolling on  a wide range of devices from desktop to mobile phones.

For the highlights, check out the Features and Highlights video . Past blog posts have covered some of the changes, such as the performance improvements from tryforward , and thewebGUI update.

The full list of changes is on the 2.3 New Features and Changes page.

To get to a release, we’ve closed760 total tickets.  While the majority of these were related to the Bootstrap conversion,137 are fixed bugs impacting 2.2.6 and earlier releases.

Upgrade Considerations

As always, you can upgrade from any prior version directly to 2.3. TheUpgrade Guide covers everything you’ll need to know for upgrading in general.  There are a few areas where additional caution should be exercised with this upgrade.

For those upgrading from a 2.3 beta or RC version to final,please see this post.

Known Regressions

  • IGMP Proxy does not work with VLAN interfaces.Bug 6099. This is a little-used component. If you’re not sure what it is, you’re not using it.

Any significant regressions discovered post-release will be added to this post.

Clear Browser Cache

Due to the many changes in the web interface, clearing your browser cache or doing a forced reload (shift+refresh) is a good idea after upgrading. If you see any cosmetic problems in the web interface post-upgrade, a stale browser cache is the likely reason.

Packages

The list of available packages in pfSense 2.3 has been significantly trimmed.  We have removed packages that have been deprecated upstream, no longer have an active maintainer, or were never stable. A few have yet to be converted for Bootstrap and may return if converted. See the 2.3 Removed Packages list for details.

pfSense software is Open Source

For those who wish to review the source code in full detail, the changes are all publicly available in three repositories on Github. 2.3-RELEASE is built from the RELENG_2_3_0 branch of each repository.

Main repository – the web GUI, back end configuration code, and build tools.

FreeBSD source – the source code, with patches of the FreeBSD 10.3 base.

FreeBSD ports – the FreeBSD ports used.

Download

Downloads are available on the mirrors as usual.

Downloads for New Installs

Downloads to Upgrade Existing Systems – note it’s usually easier to just use the auto-update functionality, in which case you don’t need to download anything from here. Check theFirmware Updates page for details.

Supporting the Project

Our efforts are made possible by the support our customers and the community. You can support our efforts via one or more of the following.

  • pfSense Store –  official hardware, apparel and pre-loaded USB sticks direct from the source.  Our pre-installed appliances are the fast, easy way to get up and running with a fully-optimized system. All are now shipping with 2.3 release installed.
  • Gold subscription – Immediate access to pasthang out recordings as well as the latest version of the book after logging in to themembers area.
  • Commercial Support – Purchasing support from us provides you with direct access to the pfSense team.
  • Professional Services – For more involved and complex projects outside the scope of support, our most senior engineers are available under professional services.

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