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The Web Interface

The web interface is a graphical frontend for configuring IPFire. It can be accessed via a web browser from a device on the internal (Green) network. After a successful login, it allows access to most settings and features of IPFire.

By default the web interface is at the following URL:


The interface is also accessible via IPFire's IP:

The is in this example the internal IP address (Green) of your IPFire and 444 is the port. Your configuration may have a different IP, but the port is probably still 444.

Note: Your web browser may display a “Self-Signed Security Certificate” warning when attempting to open the web interface. You must accept this certificate in order to be able to connect!

A window should appear asking for a username and password. For username type in “admin” and the password is what was entered during the installation process for the admin account.

Note: As a general rule:

  • IPFire assumes, that it is configured via WUI
  • The WUI holds the config data in files named settings
  • save/restart buttons build the corresponding .conf files from scratch
  • manual additions are possible in .conf.local files, which usually are included in the .conf file
  • Don't use browser navigation buttons (Backward/Forward) because this may loose the settings.

To keep the configuration as clear as possible, the menu is subdivided into various areas of configuration.


IPFire's main settings.

Start Page The Start Page offers an overview of all network connections.
Dial Up Only active if a dial up connection is used.
Wireless client Only active if a wlan card is configured for the red network.
Mail Service Send Emails from the system.
SSH Access The SSH Access section offers the option to activate a SSH server to configure the system via remote shell.
Backup The Backup section offers various options to save the configuration of your IPFire installation. There are options to back up the entire system to an IPFire settings file (*.ipf) or create an installable ISO. There are also options to backup the configuration of addons, such as Samba.
User Interface Inside the User Interface section you can change the look and feel of the web interface.
System information These pages provide information about the system, such as the release and installed hardware (fireinfo).
Credits Finally, the Credits list the contributors to the IPFire project (Developers, Support and Testers).


In this section graphs and status reports on many parts of the system can be found.

System Cpu load and usage graphs
Memory Memory and swap usage
Services Shows current services status and process memory usage.
Media Temperature, HDD and media status including S.M.A.R.T.
Network (external) Traffic and configurations for EXTERNAL network
Network (internal) Traffic and configuration info for INTERNAL network
Network (other) Gateway and firewall statistics
OpenVPN Clients OpenVPN Client statistics statistics
Hardware Graphs Onboard and HDD temperature sensor statistics
Connections IP open connections table.
Net-Traffic Detailed IP traffic stats


Here, all settings for the network are located. This section offers options to configure the Advanced Proxy and other tools with an easy to use graphical user interface.

Web Proxy Server The Advanced Proxy Server can be configured here. There are several plugins for the proxy, such as the URL Filter and Update Accelerator
DHCP Server Automatically assign IP addresses for new internal Clients (Required for most installations)
Captive Portal Our captive portal is a web page which appears to new connected users before they are able to connect to your network.
The Connection Scheduler is able to disconnect and reconnect the red connection at given times or change the connection profile itself.
Edit Hosts Assign names to Clients so you can access them by name, instead of only using an IP address (internal DNS)
Static routes Configure access to network routed subnets. Connect to orange or blue interface.
Aliases You can add your public IP addresses of your IPFire here.
DNS Server Set the DNS server for your red interface, useful if your red0 interface doesn't use DHCP.
DNS forwarding Forward requests for certain domains to a specified domain name server.
Assign MAC Address Change the MAC address on red0. Useful for cable modems and other equipment that binds to a specific MAC address.
Wake On LAN Power up computers which are configured for Wake on LAN.
Bridge-Green-Blue Combine green and blue to form one logical network
Network modes Explanation of the network modes a zone can run


IPSec Developed to make general TCP/IP more secure.
OpenVPN In here, the configuration of roadwarrior and network-to-network connection are explained, furthermore, there are quite a few enhancements and information on the topic of OpenVPN.
Dynamic DNS Used to reach a dynamic IP address using a DynDNS name.
The Time Server Synchronize IPFire to an external time source, then serve time to LAN clients via NTP.
Quality of Service Grant specified bandwidth for specific services, like VoIP or game traffic.
Intrusion Detection System Analyze network traffic, looking for potential intrusions.
ExtraHD Quickly and easily mount additional internal and external hard drives.


Access to Blue The access to the Internet over WLAN can be granted at Access to Blue.
IP-Tables iptables are the tables provided by the Linux kernel firewall (implemented as different Netfilter modules) and the chains and rules it stores. Different kernel modules and programs are currently used for different protocols.


At the beginning of the section “IPFire” you can find the menupoint Pakfire in your sidebar. In the left column, all available Addons can be found. Already installed addons are located in the right column. The addons Samba, Tripwire and Mpfire have an own Webgui to configure and control them in the sidebar.


Here you can find a graphical or textbased overview of the logfiles:

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en/configuration/start.txt · Last modified: 2017/10/10 08:14 by whytea