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This is the wiki area for the collaborative editing of the upcoming edition (version 9.0) of the PC-BSD Users Handbook.

If you are looking for the current version of the Handbook that covers PC-BSD 8.2, a PDF version is included as an icon on the PC-BSD desktop. Additional formats including HTML, ODF (for OpenOffice and other software), EPUB (for e-readers), and PDF formats are available as downloads from the PC-BSD ftp server. Translations of the Handbook are added to the ftp server as they become available, its file name indicating the language with a 2-letter ISO code.

The Handbook grows into a useful resource when users (meaning you!) contribute to it. You don't have to write large sections of the Handbook in order to be a contributor. You also don't need to have a lot of time on your hands. You simply have to create a login account in order to assist with any of the following tasks:

  • proofread existing pages and fix any typos, grammos, or unclearly worded sections.
  • add to sections containing missing, outdated, or incomplete content.
  • update any screenshots that are out of date.
  • every page has a Discussion tab. You can use this if you would like to suggest further information that should appear in that section of the Handbook.
  • create a new section for content that is not yet covered in the Handbook. If you are not sure where to do this, ask on a semi-related Discussion tab.

We are emailed whenever edits are made and will contact you for clarification if an edit is unclear. You can also be notified when specified pages are edited--simply click the "my preferences" or "my watchlist" links whenever you are logged into the wiki.

Copyright 2011, The PC-BSD Project. PC-BSD and the PC-BSD logo are registered trademarks of iXsystems.
All other content within the PC-BSD Users Handbook is freely available for sharing under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.


PC-BSD's Goals and Features

What's New in 9

PC-BSD Releases

PC-BSD for Linux Users

Pre-Installation Tasks

Migrating to PC-BSD

Minimum Hardware Requirements

Hardware Compatibility


Partitioning the Hard Drive

Obtaining PC-BSD

Burning the Installation Media

PC-BSD Live Mode

Using VirtualBox

Installing PC-BSD

Starting the PC-BSD Installation

Language Selection Screen

Keyboard Selection Screen

System Selection Screen

Disk Selection Screen

Users Creation Screen

Desktop Selection Screen

Applications Selection Screen

Installation Summary Screen

Installation Progress Screen

Installation Finished Screen

Post Installation

Installation Troubleshooting

Advanced Installation Topics

Upgrading PC-BSD

Restoring PC-BSD from Backup

Use PC-BSD Installer to Install FreeBSD

Install PC-BSD Over a Network

Using a Custom Partition Layout

Disk Encryption

Dual Booting

Creating an Automated Installation with pc-sysinstall









Window Maker

Installing Applications and Keeping PC-BSD Updated

Using AppCafe™

PBI Manager

Update Manager

Control Panel

Ports Jail

Service Manager

System Manager

User Manager



Network Configuration

Firewall Manager

Life Preserver


Thin Client

Common Tasks

Java, Flash, and Fonts




Windows Emulation

Files and File Sharing

Remote Desktop

Media Streaming

Video Conferencing


Finding Help

PC-BSD Forums


IRC Channel

Mailing Lists

FreeBSD Handbook and FAQ

Social Media

Search and Portals

Other Resources

Supporting PC-BSD

Become a Beta Tester

Become a Translator

Become a Developer

Report Bugs

Submit PBI Requests

Test PBIs

Create PBIs

Host a Mirror

Seed a Torrent

Become an Advocate

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