Installing Applications and Keeping PC‑BSD® Updated/9.2

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There are several methods of installing software on a PC-BSD system:

  • Manage PBIs through Software Manager, the easy PC-BSD way (recommended)
  • Install the binary package, the quick FreeBSD way
  • Compile the port, the slow FreeBSD way

When installing a PBI, you will be presented with a simple graphical interface which takes you through the steps of installing your software. Similar to many other popular operating systems, you just click and go. Most PBIs are created from the original FreeBSD package and are automatically updated whenever the underlying package version changes.

Advanced users can also use the FreeBSD command line utilities to compile ports and install packages.

This section demonstrates: