IPFire is a very slick operating system and runs on various hardware architectures. However, certain requirements need to be met to run IPFire. It is important that the hardware you pick be suitable for the environment in which you are using IPFire. This may range from a small router in your home or office that runs on a very small machine to multi-core server appliances with power to serve thousands of users at the same time.

Please check out the hardware section to find out more about what is recommended in various setups.

You may also install IPFire as a Oracle Virtual Box for testing or development purposes. Production use of IPFire within a virtual machine is not recommended.

If you checked all requirements go on to the next step: Step 2: Prepare the installation media