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Choosing an Architecture

Most users of FreeBSD will have hardware for either the amd64 or aarch64 architectures, which are well supported.

Modern PCs use the amd64 architecture, including those with Intel® branded processors. Embedded devices and single-board computers (SBCs) such as the Raspberry Pi 3 and 4, ESPRESSObin, as well as many Allwinner and Rockchip boards, use the aarch64 SD card image.

All other users should reference the complete list of supported FreeBSD platforms.

Choosing an Image

The FreeBSD installer can be downloaded in a number of different formats including CD (disc1), DVD (dvd1), and Network Install (bootonly) sized ISO Disc Images, as well as regular and mini USB memory stick images. Recent versions of FreeBSD are also offered as prebuilt expandable Virtual Machine images, and as SD Card images for embedded platforms.

FreeBSD Deployment Statistics

While FreeBSD does not gather deployment statistics, having statistical information available is essential. Please consider installing the sysutils/bsdstats package, which collects hardware and software statistics, helping developers understand how to best focus their efforts. The information collected is available at the website.

Development Snapshots

If you are interested in a purely experimental snapshot release of FreeBSD-CURRENT (AKA 14.0-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.



Installer Images Virtual Machine Images SD Card Images Documentation

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

Install FreeBSD

There are many options for installing FreeBSD, including installation from CD-ROM, DVD, USB Memory Stick or even directly using anonymous FTP, HTTP, or NFS. Please read through the FreeBSD installation guide before downloading the entire FreeBSD distribution.

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.

  • GhostBSD is derived from FreeBSD, GhostBSD uses the GTK environment to provide a beautiful look and a comfortable experience on the modern BSD platform offering a natural and native &unix; work environment.

  • MidnightBSD is a BSD-derived operating system developed with desktop users in mind. It includes all the software you’d expect for your daily tasks: mail, web browsing, word processing, gaming, and much more.

  • NomadBSD is a persistent live system for USB flash drives, based on FreeBSD. Together with automatic hardware detection and setup, it is configured to be used as a desktop system that works out of the box, but can also be used for data recovery, for educational purposes, or to test FreeBSD’s hardware compatibility.

  • pfSense is a FreeBSD based customized distribution 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.