FreeBSD 10: Apply Binary Updates To Keep Base System Up To Date


know keeping a FreeBSD server up to date is a very important. How can I apply binary system patches and updates to a new installation of FreeBSD 10 server?


You need to use the freebsd-update tool. It is used to fetch, install, and rollback binary updates to the FreeBSD base system.

Find out current FreeBSD release

Type the following command:

uname -mrs


uname -a

Sample outputs:

FreeBSD netbook02 10.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE #0 r260789: Thu Jan 16 22:34:59 UTC 2014  amd64

FreeBSD install security updates and patch the server

Type the following command on a newly installed FreeBSD server:

# freebsd-update fetch install


Sample outputs:

freebsd-update fetch install

Looking up mirrors… 5 mirrors found.

Fetching metadata signature for 10.0-RELEASE from… done.

Fetching metadata index… done.

Inspecting system… done.

Preparing to download files… done.


The following files will be updated as part of updating to 10.0-RELEASE-p5:
























Installing updates… done.

Reboot the FreeBSD server

Type the following command:

# reboot

Verify new system

Type the following command:

# uname -mrs



# uname -a


Sample outputs:

Fig. 01: Newly updated FreeBSD 10 server

See also

FreeBSD apply security updates for installed ports/applications



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