Installing Applications and Keeping PC‑BSD® Updated/9.2

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

  • Using PBIs and Software Manager, the easy PC-BSD way (recommended)
  • Using binary packages package, the quick FreeBSD way
  • Using the ports collection, the slow FreeBSD way

Software Manager provides an intuitive, graphical method for managing software. Binary packages and ports use command-line tools and require previous knowledge or some time to learn how to use the tools.

This section demonstrates how to use Software Manager which is the recommended way to install and manage applications and to keep your PC-BSD system up-to-date.

It also introduces the following topics for advanced users: