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OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release February 2009 (2009-02)
Latest release DebWrt 2.0-1 'Angel' / September 26, 2010 (2010-09-26)[1]
Available in Over 65 languages[2]
Update method APT
Package manager dpkg
Platforms X86-64, PowerPC, SPARC, ARM, MIPS, PA-RISC
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux, FreeBSD), Micro (Hurd)
Userland GNU
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL), and other licenses
Official website

DebWrt is a niche Linux distribution mainly installed on embedded systems (e.g. residential gateways). It is built on top of an OpenWrt base which is used to load a fully functional version of Debian from the RootFS stored on the attached USB storage device. For easy installation and deinstallation of packages it relies on the dpkg Package management system. DebWrt uses the command-line interface of Bash. There is no web-based GUI interface at this time.


DebWrt offers all of the features provided in the stock firmware for residential gateways, such as DHCP services and wireless encryption via WEP, Wi-Fi Protected Access and WPA2. In addition it offers all of the features offered by Debian that are typically not included in a standard firmware.

Features include:

  • Package manager apt-get
  • Extensible configuration of your network involving VLAN with exhaustive possibilities to configure the routing itself
  • Customizable methods to filter, manipulate, delay and rearrange network packets:
  • Static DHCP leases
    • Other devices with available Linux drivers
  • Regular bug fixes and updates, even for devices no longer supported by their manufacturers

DebWrt has a fully writable file system, which allows for package management via the dpkg package system, allowing users to install new software to meet their individual needs. This contrasts with Linux-based firmwares based on a read-only SquashFS filesystem (or similar) that offers efficient compression but no way to modify the installed software without rebuilding and flashing a complete firmware image.


  • 2.0: Angel - 2009 February

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Milestone Angel 2.0-1". 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  2. ^ "Debian Installer 6.0 Release Candidate 1". 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 

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