Best Open Source Firewall

There are many Open Source firewalls to choose from. But which one is the best?


The short answer is: pfSense is the best

It’s what I use and recommend when anyone asks.

pfSense is based on FreeBSD and you can install free third-party software packages for additional functionality.

It can be installed on your own hardware (see their hardware selection guide) or you have the option to purchase a Security Gateway Appliance.

It available in Azure and AWS Marketplaces, as well as their GovClouds(US) – isolated regions.

I’ve been using the Netgate SG-1100 at home for a while and it’s been great.

Runner Ups

OPNSense – A fork of pfSense, but has been rewritten only keeping about 10% of original code. It has a new Graphic User Interface, that some may prefer.

Untangle – The NG Firewall from Untangle is another good choice. Their free edition gives you all the standard features you’d expect. Although, you probably will want to pay for their “Complete” package to get all the advanced features.

IPFire – Good choice here too. IPFire orignally started as a fork of IPCop and but has been rewritten on basis of “Linux From Scratch” since version 2.

Review Comparisons

I compared top ranking firewall reviews and created the below spreadsheet.

As you can see, pfSense ranked #1 by most reviewers.

Firewall Comparison


Geekflare – Best Open source Firewall to Protect Your Network

Cyber Security News – Top 10 Best Open Source Firewall to Protect Your Enterprise Network 2020

KnowledgeNile – List of Top 12 Open Source Firewalls in 2020

Open Source for You – Open Source Firewalls: The Best in the Business

TechRadar – Best free Linux firewalls of 2021: go beyond iptables for desktops and servers

Networks Training – 11 Best Open Source Firewalls Comparable to Commercial Solutions

FLOSS Linux – The 10 Best Open Source Firewalls for Linux

Small Business Software Reviews – Top 9 Best Free and Open Source Firewall Software for Windows and Linux


Consider using one of these top firewalls. They will give you feature sets that are usually only found in enterprise firewalls. And best yet, they all are free to use.

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