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Version of the CentOS operating system
Screenshot of Openfiler installer
DeveloperOpenfiler Ltd.
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateInactive
Source modelOpen-source
Initial release2001; 23 years ago (2001)
Latest release2.99.1 / April 13, 2011; 13 years ago (2011-04-13)
PlatformsIA-32, x86-64
LicenseGNU GPLv2
Official websitewww.openfiler.com

Openfiler is an operating system that provides file-based network-attached storage and block-based storage area network. It was created by Xinit Systems, and is based on the CentOS Linux distribution. It is free software licensed under the GNU GPLv2


The Openfiler codebase was started at Xinit Systems in 2001. The company created a project and donated the codebase to it in October 2003.

The first public release of Openfiler was made in May 2004. The latest release was published in 2011.

Although there has been no formal announcement, there is no evidence that Openfiler is being actively developed since 2015. DistroWatch has listed Openfiler as discontinued.[1] The official website states that paid support is still available.


Though some users have run Openfiler for years with few problems, in a 2013 article on SpiceWorks website, the author recommended against using Openfiler, citing lack of features, lack of support and risk of data loss.[2]

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  1. ^ "DistroWatch.com: Openfiler". DistroWatch. Atea Ataroa Limited. 11 April 2019. Archived from the original on 6 August 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  2. ^ Miller, Scott Alan (22 August 2013). "Why We Recommend Against OpenFiler". Spiceworks. Spiceworks Inc. Archived from the original on 21 August 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019. After a few years of recommending against the use of OF for storage projects, I'm surprised to find that it still comes up in nearly daily conversations as a tool being considered for storage. The reasons that we recommend avoiding OpenFiler are pretty concrete issues that should rule out any product for use in storage. Even in a lab, OF does not make sense.

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