pfSense: The Definitive Guide – book status update

I mentioned back in July that a book on pfSense will be coming soon. At the time I had hoped it would be published and available for purchase by now, but other things have taken priority much more than I had hoped and anticipated. Now that some things are out of the way, I hope to make significant progress over the next several weeks, making it available for purchase by the end of the year.

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44 Responses to “pfSense: The Definitive Guide – book status update”

  1. Kamus Says:


    i hope a open version of the book 🙂

  2. Cory Says:

    Great. Looking forward to it.

  3. Chris Buechler Says:

    Parts of it will be open, enough to get up and running with a two interface configuration. For more than that, you’ll have to buy it either in a printed or electronic format. Nobody was willing to put in the very significant effort required to write this for free. It’s very important for the long term success of the project for us to be able to make money on efforts like this.

  4. Hacktivist Says:

    I hope it will be available soon. I’ll definitely have a copy! Looking forward to it!

  5. c0urier Says:

    Couldn’t agree more with Hacktivist, hopefully it will be out within a few month’s – Since it would definitely be worth reading.

  6. Chris Buechler Says:

    Made some progress today, hopefully I’ll have the time to keep this up over the next few weeks. Appreciate the encouragement. 🙂

  7. Belthazar Says:

    Aaaah great news Chris!

    I’m more than willing to pay for a copy of this long awaited book!



  8. lucac81 Says:

    Being a newbie that has started to deploy pfsense two weeks ago scratching my head on DMZ setup, I find this news great!!!
    I’ll definitely buy a copy, I don’t mind about an open version (except maybe for the possibility to eventually download errata, and contributes) this is an effort worth money.

  9. John Says:

    I will definitely be buying this book..

    Will it cover “new” feature that will be in version 1.3 ?

  10. John Says:

    I really look forward to getting a copy for the office.

  11. Wernher Eksteen Says:


    Could you maybe create a mailing list to notify us when this book has been published. It will be great to know the moment this book has been released.

    I for once most certainly will purchase a copy.


  12. Jonathan Puddle Says:

    Very good news! We’ll purchase for sure.

  13. Chris Buechler Says:

    An email will go out to our announcements list as soon as it’s available. You can subscribe by sending a blank email to

  14. alessandro buffa Says:

    We’ll purchase for sure…. send me a mail when available….

  15. Tim Says:

    I’m looking forward to your book. If possible, I hope to see a section on performance: baseline expectaions with various configurations and intermediate to advanced tweaks. As an intermediate user I greatly trust pfSense out of the box with gui choices that have been tested by the developers. Any guidance beyond this would be great.

    Good luck!

  16. Ben Roche Says:

    I will also be buying the book.
    I have been playing with pfsense on my Macbook via Fusion to test/look/get use to and trying out all the different options. I plan to replace our Netgear FVS318 with one( As it does VPN IPsec I have to see what the current limitations are or wait till V1.3). This will give me more options.
    I am learning as I go and doing a lot of googling to help, so this book will help a lot.

  17. Dude Says:

    Definately will be buying that book!

  18. kit Says:

    I would love to have a printed copy with a online redemption code for a digital searchable copy (pdf) with free updates. :O)

  19. Alex M. Says:

    That’s great news. I’m also looking forward to your book as well. I will be buying a copy (or two; for the office) as soon as it is available.

  20. Fernando V Says:

    Excellent news. I will like to talk to you about translation into spanish. I am implementing a regional initiative with all our offices in latinamerica to use pfsense as main firewall.

  21. thekod Says:

    You can bet I’ll buy it.

  22. Ian Says:

    great news. if you do publish a book, a few copies will certainly be on our bookshelves here at work. cheers!

  23. dtube Says:

    I will definitely buy it.
    Will be great reading during x-mas holidays and perhaps a great gift.

  24. Vince Says:

    Can you indicate as to what version of pfSense that this book will cover or be applicable to?

  25. Chris Buechler Says:

    It covers 1.2.1, as that will be the production version for some time.

  26. piperfect Says:

    This week I was asked by two companies for documentation on the pfSense routers I installed.

    Considering the extent that I have used pfSense I could help with the book on someone else’s time clock. Email me if your interested.

  27. Kevin Blalock Says:

    I sure hope you do publish a book on pfSense! I really love it, have been using it for many applications, and would definently buy a copy for myself and probably a few more for some friends!

  28. Wes Says:

    I thought it was already published. I have been checking my local bookstore every week. I can’t wait until this is available. Are you keeping a notification list? If so, please add me to it. I want to buy this book. I want to learn Pfsense inside and out while supporting the effort!!

  29. Chris Buechler Says:

    To those who would like to be notified of the release and other important pfSense things, send a blank email to

    Wes – I manually subscribed you.

  30. piperfect Says:

    any updates on this?

  31. Chris Buechler Says:

    Still a work in progress, but getting closer. A pre-publication copy is available to our subscribers on A lower cost subscription providing content access only will be available in the next month or so.

  32. Mikel Jimenez Says:


    How it goes ?

    Estimated time to arrive ?

  33. Chris Buechler Says:

    no change from my last post. I don’t have any ETA, too much other work right now unfortunately, progress continues to be slow…

  34. Roman Says:

    Any progress with the book? I am looking forward to get one.

  35. Chris Buechler Says:

    Roman: I have a big chunk of time available in April and this will be one of my top priorities. pfSense is my full time job starting in April, just haven’t had enough time to make progress shuffling so much work.

  36. Mikel Jimenez Says:

    It will include Pfsense 2.0 content?

    When is estimated Pfsense 2.0 Beta release?

    I love this project!! Pfsense is great!!

  37. Chris Buechler Says:

    Mikel: It’s 1.2.x only, 2.0 is considerably different in many regards and is a number of months from a final release so subject to change further. See also:

  38. Mikel Jimenez Says:

    I like Releases are made “when they’re ready” pilosofy.

    It is Debian style!!


  39. Arthur Hartwig Says:

    Any updates on the progress of the book? I’m looking forward to its release.

  40. Chris Buechler Says:

    We’re finishing it up right now, not sure how long the printing process will take, and getting it to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. but it won’t be much longer!

  41. Mikel Says:

    Any news!!

    I am impacient!!

  42. Chris Buechler Says:

    We’re further along, wrapping up the last couple TODOs and getting it indexed. I don’t know how long it will take from here as most of that is outside our control (printing, shipping etc.) but it won’t be too long.

  43. jan Says:

    Shipping to belgium will cost some tax and shippingscost and it will take a long time, is it possible to buy this item in Europe?

    Is there also a digital version(easier to search things)?

  44. Jos Schellevis Says:

    We have licensed the book for inclusion with our hardware. You can get an electronic pdf version (downloadable) from us in the Netherlands. it’s free with our OPNsense pfSense appliances.

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