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How to get NetBSD

NetBSD 7.1: 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 7.1 (release information).

Downloading NetBSD 7.1 for the most common ports

Port CPU Machines Latest Release Install media
amd64 x86_64 64-bit x86-family machines with AMD and Intel CPUs 7.1 ISO, USB image
i386 i386 32-bit x86-family generic machines ("PC clones") 7.1 ISO, USB image
evbarm arm ARM development boards like Raspberry Pi, Banana Pi, CubieBoard, Cubietruck, BeagleBoard, ODROID, more 7.1 ARMv6, ARMv7
evbmips mips MIPS development boards like Creator CI20, Loongson, Malta, RMI Alchemy, more 7.1 mips64, mips32
sparc64 sparc Sun UltraSPARC (64-bit) 7.1 ISO
  • Further ports are available. Every port can be obtained from HTTP, or alternatively from BitTorrent or FTP.
  • If using FTP, choose a server from the list of mirrors, change into the 7.1 directory, and fetch the ISO image for the relevant port.

NetBSD 7.1 (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 will 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. That is, 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 7.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.