2.0-RC3 now available!

I’m happy to announce what will likely be the final 2.0 release candidate, RC3, is now available. RC2 was a snapshots-only tag. The mirrors are currently syncing, with a few of them done already and the remaining will sync within the coming hours. If you’d like to view all the changes you can track the revision history in github. If you aren’t familiar with what’s been added and changed in 2.0 in general, see the 2.0 new features and changes page.

There are considerably fewer open issues on 2.0 right now than there were on 1.2.3 when it was released, and no major outstanding problems. 2.0 has gotten widespread use in production environments over the last year plus including in our most critical networks, and looks to be ready for release. We expect final release within a month, and consider RC3 the preferred release for all new installs.


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74 Responses to “2.0-RC3 now available!”

  1. Andrea Says:

    yeah! great work! awaiting 2.0 stable…

  2. [BSD] pfSense: 2.0 la RC3 ya está disponible! | Gustavo Pimentel's GNU/Linux Blog Says:

    […] anuncio del equipo de desarrollo pfSense de la liberacion de la tercera, y posiblemente ultima version […]

  3. mx510 Says:

    Thanks for this new release

  4. Pfsense 2.0 RC3 Sürümü Duyuruldu | Anka Bilişim Sistemleri Says:

    […] Açık kaynaklı, FreeBSD işletim sistemi üzerinde çalışan internet arayüzünden kolayca yapılandırabilen güvenlik duvarı ve yönlendirici çözümü olan Pfsense’in 2.0 R3 sürümü duyuruldu. […]

  5. serangku Says:

    closer to v2.0 stable …
    good job for dev

  6. Dar Zuch Says:

    Great work guys. You’re doing a fantastic job!!!

  7. mhohman Says:

    Is Layer7 filtering Working on this release?

  8. PfsenseIsDaMan Says:

    Good job on the new RC.

    I’m updating to RC3 right now!

  9. Moha Says:

    Great hard work. 2.0 stable after 1 single month. Can’t wait … Thank you guys.

  10. pfSense 2.0 RC3 | OSWorld.pl Says:

    […] Buechler ogłosił wydanie trzeciego wydania kandydującego systemu pfSense 2.0, opartego o FreeBSD i przeznaczonego […]

  11. Parn Says:

    Un grand MERCI à vous !

  12. Jonathan Puddle Says:

    @mhohman: My experience is yes AND no. Depends on your queue configuration and various other things. YMMV.

    Great work nonetheless, guys!

  13. amp Says:

    Running RC3 in a 2 machine carp, 5 interfaces in carp mode, working wonderfully. I can’t believe how fast the failover is. 2.0 was worth the wait! Good Job!

  14. Padhe Sastro Says:

    An open source firewall as a firewall but powerful shareware. thanks a lot for the team that builds pfsense.

  15. joseph brower Says:

    happy to see this new release. i didn’t see where to file new bug reports, but when syncing rules for carp, it seems to have trouble syncing the vips between internal vlans. has anyone else experienced this?

  16. Chris Buechler Says:

    Joseph: Config sync works fine with VLANs, post info to the forum and someone can help.

  17. Roberto R. Says:

    Grazie! Thanks! With pfsense I’ve forgotten commercial firewall since years..

  18. Fabrizio B. Says:

    Grazie! Great C.P.!

  19. Unix4Me » pfSense 2.0 RC3 Has Been Released Says:

    […] Released Announcement pfSense-2.0-RC3-i386.iso.gz pfSense-2.0-RC3-amd64.iso.gz […]

  20. photonman Says:

    V2.0 has been stable in my environment since BETA5.

    awesome product…I have never ran a beta in production until pfsense.

    RELEASE will be so anti-climatic as it is the thrill of the chase… :)

  21. Mahesh Says:

    Thank you for great awesome product.

  22. Netzwerkwelten Says:

    pfSense 2.0 RC3…

    Das Ziel ist fast erreicht. pfSense 2.0 ist beim dritten Release Candidate angekommen wie im pfSense Blog lesen kann. Momentan fahr ich auf meinem Heimrouter noch die RC 2 aber das wird sich heute oder morgen ändern. Ich hoffe das die fertige Version b…

  23. chris Says:

    Thank You All for this special product. I’m really glad to see all your sharing and idea.
    God Bless :D
    [” …………… in any situation, “Make it Happen!!”]

  24. pfSense 2.0-RC3 now available | FreeBSD News Says:

    […] pfSense | pfSense RC3 announcement (pfSense […]

  25. Daniel Eusébio Says:

    Thank you for the hard work

  26. Fredrik Says:

    What is this new “memstick” version of pfSense? Used to be only live-installer and nanobsd versions… please enlighten me!

    Keep up the good work!

  27. Chris Buechler Says:

    Fredrik: that’s for writing out to a USB flash drive, so you can boot from USB flash and do the installation from there, without having a CD.

  28. pfSense 2.0-RC3, ya esta disponible | Gustavo Pimentel's GNU/Linux Blog Says:

    […] anuncio del lanzamiento de la RC3: pfSense RC3 announcement (en el blog de […]

  29. itwerx Says:

    You guys are just amazing…

  30. Mo_dulha Says:

    thank you guys; a very goog job!!

    but since the RC3 my lightsquid doesn´t working?!

  31. Miralem.Sadic Says:

    Sorry for my English and Google TRANSLATE (Ha Ha) ….

    I am an IT engineer and have operational experience with Cisco, Allied Telesyn, Juniper, FortiGate, but PFSENSE my love … My favorite firewall …. Big 22 schools wireless network working behind pfsense … R123 … powerful and stable …. I test it two years in a company with 200 users and IPSec users …. never stopped …. Hardware Celeron 1.7/512 MB ​​ram/40 GB HDD … They have 4 very robust accounting software … BUT PFSENSE SIMPLE “WORK, WORK and WORK” … My Next attempt was a network of over 1,000 users with 2 pfsense 2.0 RC-3 (2 x XEON / 4GB RAM) …. “TNX FOR PFSENSE” ….

  32. Chris Buechler Says:

    Mo_dulha: Please post that to the packages board on the forum, the lightsquid maintainer hasn’t kept the package up to date for 2.0.

    To all: please post questions to the forum where developers will see them, they largely don’t read the forum comments.

  33. Andreas "Paul" Pauli Says:

    Thanks to all people, involved in this project.
    For me pfSense ist a outstanding example of serious and resposible work.
    Beta ist more stable then many other “finals”. The production release simply does what it shold do, in a reliable manner.
    I’m shure 2.X will keep in line.

  34. Kasra K Says:

    Great Work! Thanks to PF Developer Team!

  35. Buzzeur Says:

    Pfsense is very powerful ! I love it !. But I want wireless “N” support… My Pci card “N” not working. :-( Great works PF team !

  36. Ubbee Says:

    It is absolutely amazing! I love pfSense, it just goes and goes and never any trouble.
    Thanks so much!

  37. pfsense_user Says:

    Simply great ! I’ve been using pfsense for approx. 2 years now and I’ve never had any go wrong !

  38. Susanowo Says:

    Great product we are pfsesne since 2008 after our new Cisco router died.
    We are using Pfsense v2 (with 5 nics) more than 6 months on our firm network (100 users, 2 mail servers, 3 web servers, 1 nas server) and all works perfect !!!

  39. Nobuki Says:

    Yay, it’s nearly there!

    I’m using 2.0 it at work with eight NICs, three of them WANs with many customer VLANs, four IPSec tunnels to customers with cisco gear and an OpenVPN server. Solid as a rock!

    You’re doing a great job, thank you!

  40. Endre Says:

    An absolutely amazing release! Everything works flawlessly, and installation of pfSense (full i386) is the simplest and fastest OS-installation I’ve ever did. :-)
    Now I finally have a stable ADSL2+-connection (PPPoE through a shitty Thomson-routermodem I managed to bridge) with 12 days uptime, and still counting.

    I can’t find snort in the packages list (only snort-dev), but I guess it will appear when snort-dev is stable. Or I have I done something wrong? (2.0-RC3 (i386)
    built on Tue Jun 21 16:50:25 EDT 2011)

  41. Chris Buechler Says:

    Endre: there’s a topic on the packages board of the forum on Snort, in short, the maintainer broke the main package and was gone for a while, he’s supposed to be fixing it soon.

  42. Alex Says:

    Thank you!!!!!! Not that 1.2.x of PFSense was bad or unreliable to begin with. Come to think of it, ever since I started using PFSense I’ve mostly forgotten about my firewalls/routers. It just works. Every time. No matter what gets thrown at the poor things. Even when you get a 100-fold increase in users, it won’t crash.

    Really looking forward to this.

  43. Oliver Says:

    Using 2.0 RC2 for 6 months with 5 PPTP, 12 OpenVPN, 2 MultiWan, Snort and it works really great. We are lovin it!

  44. ted89 Says:

    Is the 2.0 hardware requirements the same as version 1.2.3?

  45. Emmanuel Rivera Says:

    Just deployed pfSense 2.0 RC3. Thanks! Can’t wait for the final release.

    I just want to share my configuration. 8x1gbps LAGG in LACP(802.3ad) mode + trunking(802.1q). 13 VLANs pass through this aggregated trunk ports connected to a multi-layer Cisco switch.

  46. Chris Buechler Says:

    ted: yes

  47. Håkan Says:

    How about the 2.0 release??
    “We expect final release within a month” 22/6 2011

  48. Chris Buechler Says:

    We should be ready to release when we have time, in the middle of some major projects right now that we have to get out of the way first.

  49. Håkan Says:

    Okay, I think that RC3 is safe enough, but my network is quite sensitive and I do not install any RC or beta versions. Therefore, I await the release of 2.0 Stable. Thanks for a great job. My new machine comes in one-two weeks. Hope it is clear until then.

  50. Håkan Says:

    Done until then i mean ofc.

  51. James Carter Says:

    That’ll be soon enough the RC’s have been quite stable since perhaps February… at least for me anyhow… ;-) Keep up the good work. Thank you.

  52. Marco Silva Says:

    Will it be possible to upgrade from 2.0 RC3 to the final release?

    If yes, will it be done automatically? And will the update be digitally signed (from RC1 to RC2, they weren’t)?

    Good work!

  53. Fabrício Says:

    Even our beta installs are quite stable, I hope to update to the final release soon, I believe it will be rock solid. Keep up the good work !

  54. zmanshah Says:

    Great Jobs guys … can’t wait for stable release

  55. Dave Says:

    Which Download should I use with PCEngines Hardware? i386?

  56. Chris Buechler Says:

    All PC Engines hardware is i386 only, none of their platforms have a 64 bit CPU. I would recommend i386 for all installs except where you have > 4 GB RAM.

  57. Chris Buechler Says:

    EVERYONE: Please don’t post questions here, take them to the forum or mailing list where far more people will see them, and you’ll get a response much more quickly anyway.

  58. Jon Lachmann Says:

    If i use the command prompt to execute say… “ping″ it locks the web interface until i kill the ping process manually. It does say that it is experimental, but it might still be an idea to fix this?

    Anyway: GREAT WORK, it looks great and works just as it should! Thank you!

  59. Chris Buechler Says:

    Jon: don’t do that. If you execute something via Diag>Command that never ends, yes it hangs up PHP because it never ends. Always been the case and always will be.

  60. George Tselios Says:

    Great Work.
    I am new to pfSense, a friend of mine told me about pfSense for LoadBalancing capabilities, but I found more and more and more …..

    Great work, keep on …. walking :)

  61. Ryan Says:

    Great work guys,
    Having custom monitor IPs is great as we have 2 ADSL lines here that fail regularly.
    Being able to fail over to 3G is just another awesome feature here in South Africa!

    Keep up the good work!

  62. imp Says:

    great work – when will the final 2.0 release be there (and possibly again a vm appliance to play around with). The month has passe :)

  63. Chris Buechler Says:

    I’m writing the release announcement in another tab as I write this. :) It’ll come after the coming (US) holiday weekend.

  64. Dan Says:

    Great work, awaiting 2.0 final :-)

  65. jesuscrist Says:

    [quote=Chris Buechler]It’ll come after the coming (US) holiday weekend.[/quote]

    when is that week? (sry i’m from argentina)

    thx4all ^^ pfsense rlz

  66. Chris Buechler Says:

    jesuscrist: that’s this week.

  67. James Clements Says:

    @Chris Buechler: I am seriously looking forward to blazing the .iso down from the mirror. Which mirrors usually get propogated first?

  68. Phonebuff Says:

    @Chris: It’s Thursday, I think, working on a holiday always messes with my head..

    Still hoping to see that “other Tab” this week. :-)

    Also, was wondering if anyone is putting together a “training / introduction session” that you might be able to offer to User Groups like our Asterisk group ?


  69. Chris Buechler Says:

    Release announcement is written, Ermal will finish one last bug on Friday
    and we’re done! We have to build and test several versions so we’ll have a busy weekend, but that should all be done by Monday.

  70. Chris Buechler Says:

    Phonebuff: we have such things that we do on occasion, and I’m glad to attend such meetings where possible, though generally only if the group can cover travel expenses (unless it’s near to me in Louisville, ATL is far enough I’d need a plane ticket) which is usually prohibitive.

    I need to take one of the general presentations I’ve done and make it available for folks interested in presenting to such groups. I’ll do that after the coming conference schedule is out of the way (our hackathon, DerbyCon, FreeBSD dev summit, EuroBSDCon, all coming up in the next 6 weeks).

  71. Chris Buechler Says:

    Release is tagged and building!

    we also have to build several branded versions and test all the resulting builds, so it’ll be another couple days til it gets to the mirrors. The last snapshot on the snapshot server is basically the same as release. There won’t be any more new snapshots.

  72. Andrea Says:

    great work! awaiting…

  73. Andrew Says:


  74. Maik Says:

    Awesome! I will wait a few days untill the final version is done, then I can upgrade my IPfire firewall to PFsense, I have tried a lot of software firewalls and PFsense is the best.

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