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Developer IPFire Team
OS family Linux
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Latest release 2.17 Core Update 94 / October 27, 2015; 3 months ago (2015-10-27)[1]
Available in multilingual (i.e. English and German)
Package manager Pakfire
Kernel type Monolithic Kernel
Default user interface Web user interface
License Free software (GPL)
Official website http://www.ipfire.org/

IPFire is a free Linux distribution which acts as a router and firewall in the first instance. It can be maintained via a web interface. The distribution furthermore offers selected server daemons and can easily be expanded to a SOHO server.

IPFire is based on Linux From Scratch and is, like the Endian Firewall, originally a fork from IPCop. Since Version 2, only IPCop's web interface is used.

System requirements[edit]

The modular design enables the user to create a tailor-made system fitting their needs. This can either be a very small system, which can be run on old hardware like a first-generation Intel Pentium, or a SOHO system with an up-to-date multi-core processor.

The required computer performance therefore depends on the scope of application.

At least a 333 MHz CPU, 256 MB RAM and two network interfaces - one for the internet connection and one for the LAN - are required to run IPFire.[2]

System details[edit]

IPFire caters to users not overly familiar with networking and server services. IPFire ships with an extensive package management utility (Pakfire) which allows the base system to be extended by various addons. The package manager also enables updates to address security issues.

The base system provides the following features:


IPFire offers addons which are maintained by the development team.

Some available Addons:


IPFire has been ported to the ARM architecture in 2011. It currently runs on Pandaboard, Raspberry Pi[3] and Marvell Kirkwood-based platforms like DreamPlug.


  • IPFire is part of the c't Debian server version 4, which was released in August 2009.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tremer, Michael (2015-10-27). "IPFire 2.17 - Core Update 94 released". IPFire. The IPFire Project. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  2. ^ "IPFire wiki page about Hardware". ipfire.org. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  3. ^ http://lists.ipfire.org/pipermail/sig-arm/2012-May/000047.html

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