pfSense® software supports a variety of Type-1 (bare metal/native) and Type-2 (hosted) virtualization environments, such as VMware (vSphere, Fusion or Workstation), Proxmox VE, VirtualBox, Xen, KVM, Hyper-V and so on.


The best practice is to use Type-1 hypervisors for production. Type-2 hypervisors such as VirtualBox or VMware Workstation work fine for testing, but avoid using them for production roles where possible.

Set up and install is straightforward and similar to set up on a physical machine using the ISO image.