1.2 Release Available!

The pfSense development team is proud to bring you the 1.2 release! This brings the features and bug fixes from more than 16 months of development since the 1.0 release. Already widely tested and deployed throughout the Release Candidate phase, this release provides the finishing touches on releases already proven in a wide range of network environments. The Release Candidate versions have been downloaded more than 250,000 times.

The changes since the RC4 release follow.

  • Improve CARP input validation – GUI previously allowed incorrect configurations that caused panics. Fixed to not allow entry of such configurations, so typos and configuration errors cannot crash system.
  • Clarify text and fix typos on several screens.
  • Revert DHCP client to default timeout of 60 seconds.
  • Reload static routes when an interface IP address is changed by an administrator.
  • Fix a few areas allowing potential cross site scripting.
  • Fix a couple issues with package uninstalls.
  • Shorten firewall rule, NAT and traffic shaper description fields to prevent users from entering description names too long for the pf ruleset.
  • Fix traffic shaper queue name generation to prevent creating invalid ruleset for interface names longer than 15 characters.
  • Improve efficiency of RRD graph creation by removing duplicate commands. Graph updates now use less CPU time.

For a complete list of all source commits since the branching of the 1.2 release, see the cvstrac change log.

Upgrade Information

For those wishing to upgrade to the 1.2 release from any previous pfSense release, please see the Upgrade Guide.

New to the pfSense Project?

For those new to the project, we recommend checking out our Features page and screenshot gallery.

If you’re ready to install, a user contributed installation guide is available.


It will be as long as 24 hours before all the mirrors have the 1.2 release, but it is currently available on some of them including the NYI.net mirror.

Note if you aren’t sure which version you need, see the Versions page on the website.

New installs

Support for previous versions

1.2 is the only supported pfSense version. No previous releases will receive any bug fix updates nor any future security updates. 1.2 is significantly more stable than past release versions, and we strongly recommend everyone make plans to upgrade. There are systems out there with several years of uptime running very early alpha pfSense releases that are stable, but we advise against that.

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50 Responses to “1.2 Release Available!”

  1. Gary@Centipede Says:

    Congrats guys! I know all the blood, sweat and tears you guys have put into this version and let me be the first to say that we all appreciate it!

  2. Justin Says:

    Thanks for all the hard work put into making this release possible.

  3. Mark Slatem Says:

    Kudos to the whole team! for all the hard work that has resulted in an absolutely awesome product.

  4. Anders Dahl Says:

    Thanks to everybody who’s responsible for bringing this superior product to live. I have the deepest respect for your knowledge and effort.

  5. Sunny Says:


  6. Olle Says:

    Absolutely Brilliant!
    I’m upgrading three machines right away!

  7. dvserg Says:

    Good Job,
    Thanks !!!

  8. heiko Says:

    Thanks for all….!

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  10. paul m Says:

    great congratulation!

    each 1.2RC has gotten better and better. I know from experience that achieving this sort of quality needs a lot of work – most people can get things 95% perfect but the quality of pfSense needed some real dedication!

    and also thanks to the community for the positive no-blame helpful attitude which helps make pfSense what it is!

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  12. luma Says:

    Congratulations! I enjoy every step made by this great project!

  13. trendchiller Says:

    Have a look 🙂


    Nice, but a bit faulty

  14. rt_rex Says:

    Its here i have a mini-itx and a 19 ” enclosure waiting for it 😀 Good Job Guys.

  15. Brian Mills Says:

    I just took the plunge doing a web interface upgrade from RC4 on two machines and they both WORKED – soekris 4801 boards with additional 2nic card.

    Not that I can say it would work for anyone else!!

    Thank you pfSense Team this is a brilliant project.

  16. Jonathan Puddle Says:


  17. Leviathan Says:

    Great! Only been using pfSense a week and its great 🙂

  18. Gabriel Gunderson Says:

    Strange, I tried to apt-get it and I wasn’t able to find it.


  19. Gabriel Gunderson Says:

    I hit submit before finishing my comment.


    Anyway, congratulations to my BSD friends. I plan on downloading and giving it a spin this weekend.

  20. HansT Says:

    Every install makes 10s or maybe 1000s people happy pfSense users, even they don’t need to notice it! Great infrastructure tool, making networking real easy for those delivering the connectivity for all those users.

    Thanks, HansT.

  21. Jeff R Says:

    Cool, I check here and M0n0wall often to see whats new.
    Its kind of exciting to see a new webpage or the news and updates to either of these excellent firewalls!

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  23. robert Says:

    Fantastic News. This is really a jewel in the crown of open-source software. [M0nowall is too]
    The best $20,000 firewall you didn’t buy 🙂

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  25. Adam Says:

    I have installed at least 10 different Linux firewalls in the past few months… They sucked and so I’m still using PFsense. Thanks for something great that just makes sense. Keep it up and I look forward to watching for more great updates in the future!

  26. Devinder Says:

    Great Web Site and Thanks for Version 1.2.

  27. Scott Says:

    Rock on! The only unfortunate part of this release is resetting my 120 days 23 hours 43 minutes uptime. Sigh…

    Thanks for all the hard work!

  28. Luke Says:

    This is such a great product. PFSense is so easy to use, my Windows friends can even learn to configure it. I want to thank everyone who has helped to make Version 1.2.

  29. bagwani Says:

    Great job. Have pfsense 1.2 up and running on my WRAP firewall. Works like a charm.

  30. Jonathan Puddle Says:

    New site looks hawt. I upgraded both my machines to 1.2 this morning, went flawlessly. Great work.

  31. undeground.(ms) Says:

    pfsense in Version 1.2…

    Seit langem habe ich darauf gewartet und endlich ist Sie da. Version 1.2 einer der besten (im sinne des PReis/Leistungsverhältnisses) Firewalls.
    Ich kann Sie nur weiterempfehlen: pfsense.org

  32. nihua Says:

    Good Job,
    Thanks !!!

  33. Tim Says:

    I am proud to see this new release of pfSense. The quality and attention that the developers put into this project is absolutely stunning. Thank you for the amazing software. Keep up the good work!!!

  34. ugur Says:

    thanks for this great free product for pf team.

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  36. Fong Says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for such a great software.

  37. Dany Says:

    About a year ago I switched from M0n0wall to pfsense because of the added features. I can no longer live without the remote SSH access. Good to see that 1.2 goes live. I’m heading to my Paypal account for a donation. Congratulations for the new 1.2 baby.

  38. john w howard Says:

    what is the system requirement to run this distro??

    I have great difficulty in finding the spec ont hhis log only site, and what about some documentation ?

  39. Chris Buechler Says:

    John: There are hardware requirements, sizing guidance and more available on the website under the Hardware drop down at the top.

    Documentation page has also been briefly updated, it’ll get a better update as soon as I have time, this weekend at latest.

  40. 3nd3ff3kt Says:

    Thanks for this release! Pfense is the good one!!!!!

  41. Fred Larsen Says:

    Thanks! Super! I have been using pfSense for about half a year now, and the uptime is only limited by my installing new versions for the fun of it. I have been using different hardware routers that all proved unstable with a lot of torrenting and other traffic. pfSense has NO problems.

  42. Prakash Says:

    Great Job from Great set of People…. Excited to see the improved version…Congrats for all the efforts….

  43. Stepan Tarasov Says:

    Thanks! Spasibo!
    its great! you are supermans!
    I have been using pfSense for about one year, i guess pfSense is one of the best software products.

  44. Pete89 Says:

    This is great! I am trying my hardest to get this product in the doors of my customers. The developement cycle lets people know you are moving forward and the slick new website also helps. Keep going!

    Congradulations on a job well done.

    Granada Spain

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  47. Klaus from Denmark Says:

    Fantastic. This just gets better and better. Keep up the good work, its faboulous, for doing proper QoS.

  48. The Old Code Toad Says:

    This project shows all of us what real development should be – very smart people including active users building a thing of excellence for the joy of it.

    I’ve been with you from the beginning. It’s not a field that I know well, yet pfSense always makes me feel like a pro then I work with it, which is darned infrequently. Started the upgrade this morning on one of two devices and finished before the coffee was ready.

    Thanks for reminding me why I became a developer! -d.

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  50. Franck Horlaville Says:

    Congratulations to all the team !!!! Kudos from Morocco you guys Rock !!!
    Now where can we post suggestions for 1.3 ? 😉

    thanks again, you save my day at each network outage we have and they’re frequent

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