Installing extra packages on pfSense 2.0.1

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Adding extra packages to pfsense is simple.

First enable SSH in System > Advanced and connect to your pfSense box using your favourite SSH client. Once connected choose 8 to open a shell.

Once in a shell add a FreeBSD repository to the PACKAGESITE environment variable like,

You may want to add this command to /root/.tcshrc so its set each time you login.

Now you can add packages from the FreeBSD8 repository using pkg_add -r [name].


pkg_add -r iftop
pkg_add -r nano
pkg_add -r freecolor

Find the full list of packages at


After installing a new package, run the command rehash in order for it to be usable from the command-line (or log off and back on again).

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