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FreeBSD 12

FreeBSD | FreeBSD 12.3

Linux/Unix, FreeBSD 12.3-RELEASE - 64-bit Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

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2 reviews
from G2

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FreeBSD jails are the original 'container'

  • November 16, 2021
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
FreeBSD jails pre-date containers like Docker by a long shot and as such, are far more straightforward. The thing I like about them is that they are so simple to set up and are easier to understand when compared to newer technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes.
What do you dislike?
You will need to be very comfortable with a terminal; there is no GUI interface here like you can get for Docker on Windows. If you are comfortable with the terminal, you will easily be able to use jails - if you are not, then I would suggest trying something else. The thing that tech like Docker do well is defining your software's dependencies and letting the container deal with it for you. This is something jails will not do for you.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Using jails allows for true isolation of processes on a machine. This is particularly helpful when you have software components that allow the uploading of content and resources that could potentially harm the OS / Machine. We used it for this purpose as the isolation makes this much more secure.

    Flea beastie

Fantastic FreeBSD AMIs

  • February 01, 2021
  • Review verified by AWS Marketplace

Thank you for these AMIs, really useful and work beautifully. As my favourite OS, and the workhorse of the Internet, it's great to have these updated regularly.


Simplicity and Stability

  • December 01, 2020
  • Review verified by AWS Marketplace

FreeBSD is well known for stability and comes with a small footprint. I have been trying many different OS for over 30 years and this is one of the best there is.


Awesome FreeBSD

  • November 10, 2020
  • Review verified by AWS Marketplace

This tipped me over to use AWS. Dont care too much about Linux (ok i guess) but this is purely brute force.


Thanks as always!

  • November 09, 2019
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Thank you very much for the FreeBSD AMI series!

Though I might be an old dog, I like FreeBSD more than other OSes much for its simplicity and integrity, and from this reason I cannot imagine run nodes without FreeBSD.
And I really appreciate a series of AMIs of FreeBSD, that enable me to use in the AWS.
In addition, this AMI do the freebsd-update in the first boot sequence so that the EC2 entity boot up with the most current (in RELEASE) version. So great.
Also necessary kernel module and ports are loaded by default. Great!
I just do the configuration for my purpose!

ps. I saw your message on ML ;-)

Thank you very much again!

Best Regards,


Stable, performant, good documentation

  • November 05, 2019
  • Review verified by AWS Marketplace

Go-to operating system when looking for performance on low resources. Which also translates to lower cost, especially when it comes to the cloud.



  • April 19, 2019
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FreeBSD team: thanks for creating this AMI! With this AMI it's exceptionally simple to run FreeBSD in AWS. Very much appreciated.



  • December 27, 2018
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They need to put a openBSD AMI on aws. However, the web interface instructions to connect are wrong. To connect to an instance use this command ssh -i ec2-user@.

    Kaycie S.

Jails Make Your Life Easy

  • June 12, 2018
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
Jails are simple to deploy, safe, and secure. They are very reliable for spinning up virtualized instances of FreeBSD without much additional overhead.
What do you dislike?
It's not as easy to use for someone who comes from a graphical operating system background.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I'm able to spin up dozens of web servers and manage them quickly and easily using FreeBSD as a hypervisor.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
You should definitely consider FreeBSD Jails if you're looking for a solution that is easy to deploy for your business. I'm able to effectively run several servers without much overhead at all and it's really simple to set up SSH and manage the sites from anywhere. FreeBSD is also known as one of the most stable operating systems out there. Giant corporations like Netflix and Yahoo use FreeBSD for various types of solutions. Best part? It's free and open source.

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