Upgrade pfsense

  • Hello all!

    I have still my problem, that the Firewall is not able to find updates. The last recommendation was, to reinstall the Box.

    Maybe I will find time in the next days to do that. As I m not looking forward to have surprises here, I want to ask about the best approach. Right now, my box is showing the following:

    System Netgate APU
    Netgate Device ID:
    BIOS Vendor: coreboot
    Version: SageBios_PCEngines_APU-45
    Release Date: 04/05/2014
    Version 2.3.4-RELEASE-p1 (amd64)
    built on Fri Jul 14 14:52:43 CDT 2017
    FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-p19
    Platform pfSense
    CPU Type AMD G-T40E Processor
    2 CPUs: 1 package(s) x 2 core(s)

    So what is the best approach to do it? Create a Backup, connect with ssh on the Box? Put the new firmware on a USB Stick? What is the right procedure on that? And which firmware is the right one?

    Thanks for answers

    One more ask: On the Box is a CA installed, she is used for VPN. Is the CA really also reinstalled with the Backup?

  • Interestingly enough I have this exact same issue, I am stuck on 2.3.4-RELEASE-p1 (i386)

    I guess I could backup and reinstall, but I would like to know if there is another way around this.

    I thought it odd, because the software usually has updates very often, but I have not seen one since it was built back in July…  Very odd.

  • Banned


    Interestingly enough I have this exact same issue, I am stuck on 2.3.4-RELEASE-p1 (i386)

    Set the update branch to "Legacy stable version", this should get you 2.3.5.

    You won't get 2.4: https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=121255.0

  • Thanks, I just did that as you posted…...

    Question is, I found my version is a i386, can I upgrade or should I say replace the version and pull my backup in?

  • Found the answer, Can't upgrade from i386 to 64bit, fresh install and pull in the backup…

    Will do this soon, I had this backup from a very old system and upgraded along the way, time to make the move to 64bit if I want future upgrades.

  • cool but my question is still open

  • pkg upgrade - f brings:

    pkg: Invalid configuration file: error while parsing <unknown>: line: 1, column: 4 - 'string value must not be empty', character: '0x00'
    pkg: Error parsing: '/usr/local/etc/pkg/repos//pfSense.conf': error while parsing <unknown>: line: 1, column: 0 - 'key must begin with a letter', character: '0x00'</unknown></unknown>

  • Hello!

    Any posters that would help me here?
    How should I do the update? All guides to resolve the update problem are not working on my box.

    The ssh console brings me back to the main options, when I select update

  • The most straight forward approach would be to backup your current config, install fresh from USB stick and reapply your config afterwards.
    Don't forget to backup your config first. ;)

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