FreeBSD Firewalls

John Howie john at
Wed Dec 7 20:03:14 UTC 2016

Hi James,

Personally, I prefer IPFW for simple, single-server configurations. It is somewhat easier to manage.

Both IPFW and IPF are covered in the FreeBSD Handbook, at You will find more detailed documentation for both with a web search.



On 12/7/16, 11:42 AM, "owner-freebsd-questions at on behalf of James B. Byrne via freebsd-questions" <owner-freebsd-questions at on behalf of freebsd-questions at> wrote:

    Well, the setup and loading of Postgresql9.6 seems to have completed
    successfully.  Now, before this can go live I need to set up the
    firewall.  I am used to IPTables on CentOS but have no experience with
    IPFilter or PF.
    First, which firewall, of the three I read are available (IPFW,
    IPFilter and PF is the recommended choice?
    Which of them, if any, have FW for dummies like tools/guides?
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