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 AppCafe, the easy PC-BSD way (recommended)
  • Using binary packages, the quick FreeBSD way
  • Using the ports collection, the slow FreeBSD way

AppCafe 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 AppCafe 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. These advanced topics are meant for users who are already familiar with compiling FreeBSD kernels and ports and who wish to continue to do so on their PC-BSD system. If you decide to use the instructions in those topics as a learning exercise, we recommend that you use a test system rather than your primary desktop or that you practice using Ports Jail. Make a backup of your important data before proceeding, just in case something goes wrong.