Version Question

  • Hi I am installing PFSense for the first time, I am not sure which to download.

    The part that is confusing me is the 1g  or 2g  or 4g… etc...

    What is the difference, because there is a difference in file size. The live CD has the smallest file size and does not have a *g next to it....

    Any feed back would be appreciated.


  • Its clearly stated here:

    From the page:


    Three platforms are available.

    Live CD with Installer
    The Live CD platform allows you to run directly from the CD without installing to a hard drive or Compact Flash card. The configuration can be saved on a floppy disk or USB flash drive. Some features are not compatible with the live CD platform. In most circumstances, this should only be used as an evaluation of the software with your particular hardware.

    Hard drive installation
    The live CD includes an installer option to install pfSense to the hard drive on your system. This is the preferred means of running pfSense. The entire hard drive must be overwritten, dual booting with another OS is not supported.

    The embedded version is specifically tailored for use with any hardware using Compact Flash rather than a hard drive. CF cards can only handle a limited number of writes, so the embedded version runs read only from CF, with read/write file systems as RAM disks.

  • And nano is the replacement for Embedded.


  • @EddieA:

    And nano is the replacement for Embedded.


    I see they still have not updated the home page, i would do it but I dont have access, all well at least its documented that nano replaced embedded elsewhere.

  • Thanks for the response.

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