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How to get NetBSD

NetBSD 7.0: the latest release

Formal releases provide a stable, supported platform for use in production systems. They are also the proper choice for starters and for everyone who wants to get to know NetBSD. The latest formal release is NetBSD 7.0 (release information).

Downloading NetBSD 7.0

  • Download an ISO image via BitTorrent or FTP. If using FTP, choose a server from the list of mirrors, change into the 7.0 directory, and fetch the ISO image for the relevant port.
  • Download NetBSD 7.0 via FTP or HTTP: Change into the NetBSD 7.0 directory and fetch the files for the relevant port.

NetBSD 7.0 (and previous releases) can also be ordered as CD-ROM sets.

More information about the NetBSD releases:

Supported Releases

The following releases are currently supported. This means that they receive bug fixes. Anything older then the releases below are no longer supported and do not receive any bug fixes, including security fixes. Any changes made to the releases below will be included in the next release of the same series when and if one is made. I.e. changes made to NetBSD 6.1 will appear in 6.2 and changes made to NetBSD 6.0.6 will appear in NetBSD 6.0.7.

The NetBSD 5.x series:

The NetBSD 6.x series:


NetBSD-current is the development version of NetBSD. Builds of -current generally provide more features than formal releases, but have not had the same degree of testing, and should be avoided on production systems where possible. They are aimed at developers, experienced testers, and early adopters. More information is available at the NetBSD-current page.