Products based on NetBSD

Many companies have released products based on NetBSD, such as network computers, servers, routers, embedded units, and other devices for industrial and financial use, but prefer not to advertise the fact in order to retain what they perceive as a commercial edge. We respect this position, and intend to include only those vendors who wish to make their use of NetBSD public.

Software products based on NetBSD

Hardware products designed around NetBSD

Software products based on NetBSD

Apple's Darwin

NetBSD is used by Apple for a large portion of the user-space commands and tools in their Darwin project, and Darwin is the UNIX-based core used by macOS. NetBSD source tends to pay attention to issues of portability and correctness, and is virtually all BSD licenced, which avoids commercial problems with the GNU General Public Licence. At least one of the Apple developers has access to the NetBSD source tree and has fed back some useful changes.

arcapos® point-of-sale systems and infokiosk terminals

arcapos point-of-sale terminals are known for their excellent user friendlyness and extreme robustness. The (commercial) arcapos applications (point-of-sale, infokiosks) are 100 percent made in Switzerland. NetBSD is not only used as the operating system of choice for arcapos, but also has been extended by the arcapos team to be the best open-source platform available for point-of-sale and related applications.

Castle Technology Ltd: USB software and Network stack

According to this report, Castle Technology Ltd uses TCP/IP and USB kernel subsystems from NetBSD as a base for their RISC OS.

CentreCOM WR54-ID

CentreCOM WR54-ID by Allied Telesys, Co is a wavelan router based on NetBSD.

Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless Network

The Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless Network releases an open source wireless system based on NetBSD. There is also an article about the project.


FSMLabs uses NetBSD as its general purpose OS in their RTCore on BSD (RTCore/BSD) product. RTCore/BSD is a 'high speed, efficient and small realtime kernel' based on the POSIX 10003.13 PS51 specification. Using a patented dual-kernel design, RTCore/BSD runs a general purpose OS as the lowest priority thread of the realtime kernel.

Applications written for RTCore can be easily compiled and run under RTCore/BSD as well as RTLinux.

RTCore/BSD is available from FSMLabs and is provided with source code, under a binary distribution license.


fdgw is a one floppy version of NetBSD/i386. It can run on old machine without HDD. You can use it as small router, natbox or ADSL router. It is a minimal operating system.

Ghost for Unix (g4u)

g4u is a NetBSD-based bootfloppy/CD-ROM that allows easy cloning of PC harddisks to deploy a common setup on a number of PCs using FTP. The floppy/CD offers two functions. First is to upload the compressed image of a local harddisk to a FTP server. Other is to restore that image via FTP, uncompress it and write it back to disk; network configuration is fetched via DHCP. As the harddisk is processed as a image, any filesystem and operating system can be deployed using g4u. See the g4u homepage for more information.

Precedence Technologies NetManager and ThinIT

Precedence Technologies (a UK-based company) offers thin-client software (ThinIT) and accompanying hardware based on NetBSD. ThinIT provides access to Microsoft RDP, Citrix ICA, web-browsing, DVD playback, video streaming, ssh and VNC hardware all in a centrally-managed way with a tiny footprint.

NetManager is a general-purpose modular firewall, email, web, VPN and proxy server based on NetBSD with easy-to-use web-based management. It also offers web-based central management of ThinIT.

The OSKit

The OSKit is a framework and a set of component libraries oriented to operating systems. Its goal is to lower the barrier to entry to OS R&D and to lower its costs. The OSKit uses NetBSD filesystem code, namely the BSD VFS layer supporting the local FFS filesystem, in one of its filesystem implementation component libraries.


The Operating System made by QNX Software Systems Ltd. uses several components of the NetBSD System. Details about which components can be found in the Licensing terms.

SEIL routing software based on NetBSD

Internet Initiative Japan Inc. one of Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions providers, has announced it has provided the SEIL Engine routing software to serve as the core of the mobile router software that is embedded in the new Micro Multi-Platform Mobile Router jointly developed by IIJ, ROOT, Inc., and Novatec Corporation.

SEIL Engine is the embedded software in the SEIL Series new-generation high-performance routers which were developed and are sold by IIJ. Through a licensing program, this software can now be used to provide the abundant features of the SEIL Series in a wide array of hardware. IIJ brings this technology to this joint development project to provide the embedded SEIL Engine software, consisting of a NetBSD foundation and IIJ's proprietary expansion models.

Hardware products designed around NetBSD

Sony PlayStation 3/4/5

Sony's PlayStation 3/4/5 kernel uses various components from NetBSD, including the driver for the UDF filesystem.

Apple AirPort devices

Various Apple AirPort embedded wireless devices run versions of NetBSD.

Danger Hiptop / T-Mobile Sidekick smartphone

The Danger Hiptop / T-Mobile Sidekick LX 2009 mobile phone runs on a NetBSD kernel.

Avocent SwitchView

Avocent produces the Avocent SwitchView IP, a product to add ``economical remote access capability to a PS/2 server or existing KVM switch.'' Internally, it is powered by NetBSD 1.6.

BCM91250A - BCM1250 Evaluation Board

BCM1250 is Integrated 64-bit MIPS Multi-Processor designed by Broadcom Corporation. BCM91250A is the Evaluation Board for BCM1250,and it runs VxWorks,Linux, and NetBSD.

Brocade Rhapsody Switch

Brocade Communications Systems Inc. produces the Rhapsody switch, which uses a split-mode architecture dubbed XPath. The two major elements of this are the central CPU, which is a PowerPC processor running the NetBSD operating system; and the port-based XPath Storage Processors, or XSPs, which are 3 million-gate ASICs. In the middle is a transport-neutral, 1-terabit-per-second crossconnect fabric.

CATS - ATX 233-MHz StrongARM motherboard

Simtec Electronics produces CATS, an ATX form factor 233-MHz StrongARM based motherboard, also available as a fully built system. It includes a CD-ROM of NetBSD for the system.


Dynarc makes a series of routers for optical IP networks. The base for their software is NetBSD (mostly kernel).

endgadget - Palm-sized NEC UNIVERGE WNX Server

endgadget's palm-sized NEC UNIVERGE WNX Server measures only 3.79 x 2.57 x 2 inches (96.4 x 65.4 x 50.7mm), and can easily be considered palm-sized. It runs NetBSD, features video in/out, audio in/out, 100Base-TX ethernet, two CF card slots, and offers a battery life of three hours. NEC intends the server to be used as a sort of mobile gateway for connecting your phone to video cameras in an office, for example.

EZF-1500E - development kit for embedded finger print systems

BMF CORPORATION produces EZF-1500E, a development kit for embedded finger print systems. The kit includes an ARM9 based board and a development environment based on NetBSD 1.6. Also, source code of the finger print sensor driver, a finger print matching engine library and sample programs, and circuit diagrams are available.

Force10 Networks

Force10 Networks make high performance gigabit and 10 gigabit Ethernet switch/routers. NetBSD is the base for their FTOS software.


The aim of the Liberouter project is the development of a dual-stack (IPv6 and IPv4) router based on the standard PC architecture. The project has two parts:

  • COMBO6, a high-performance hardware accelerator for packet forwarding and filtering functions;
  • Netopeer, a software system for platform-independent configuration of routers and entire networks.

Software drivers for COMBO6 was developed for NetBSD. Driver operations include FPGA chip configuration, accessing memories in the card, and hardware/software interface operations.

Ricoh Printer

Ricoh Co.,Ltd produce MIPS/i386 based laser printer series called IPSiO and MFP (multifunction product - copier/printer/fax/scanner/documentbox) series called Imagio Neo which has the printer controller driven by NetBSD. In addition, the manuals for the multifunction printers with the model numbers 1060, 1224c and 1022 are reported to state that they are NetBSD driven. [ MIPS based MFP, Duron based MFP, MIPS based LaserPrinter]

See also Ricoh's Copyright Notice of NetBSD and their Statement on Open Source.

SEIL series - lightweight routers for 128K/T1/DSL/ATM connection

Internet Initiative Japan Inc. makes SEIL family of routers, including SEIL-T1 and SEIL/neu. They are lightweight routers capable of handling 128K ISDN/BRI, 1.5Mbps PRI/T1, ethernet (2 ports/PPPoE) and 25Mbps ATM. It uses NetBSD/sh3 and supports IPsec, IPv6 and traffic shaping. BSD magazine June 2000 issue has details about its internals.

SEIL/X series - High-Performance routers for Gigabit Era connection

Internet Initiative Japan Inc. makes SEIL family of routers called SEIL/X. They are SEIL/X1 (GEx3 ports, Throughput 1Gbps, VPN Performance 200Mbps) and SEIL/X2 (GEx2 ports, GE switchx4 ports, Throughput 2Gbps, VPN Performance 400Mbps). It uses NetBSD, OCTEON, npppd and pipex. SEIL Special Download has more details.

SGI ViewRanger

``The World's Smallest & Most Lightweight Microserver with Surveillance Camera'' runs NetBSD. See this brochure for details, and this page for details.

SiNic "router on a card"

Developed with funding from the U.S. military, Seclarity's SiNic Wireless card looks like other wireless LAN cards but is actually a fully-contained, standalone Unix computer. It can send and receive standard IEEE 802.11 wireless network traffic and comes with its own embedded operating system, encryption software and firewall to secure communications to and from desktop, laptop, and server systems.

The device fits into any standard PC Card slot. It contains 32MB of memory and its own processor, which is used to manage 802.11a, b, and g traffic and encrypt and decrypt traffic using a built-in Public Key Infrastructure module. The card runs a hardened and customized version of the NetBSD operating system, as well as a custom stateful proxy firewall. It also stores and manages user access policies, says Adrian Vanzyl, Seclarity CEO.

Speecys - "Humanoid Robotics Technology"

Humanoid Robotics Technology called Speecys.

  • height about 50 cm, Weight 3.7 kg.
  • SpeecysOS which used NetBSD as base.
  • Powerful processor unit which carried PowerPC(400MHz).
  • Correspond to wireless LAN (802.11b).
  • A motion editor, control software, etc. It is attached in the application for PC.

mmEye "multifunction multimedia server" (webcam)

Brains Inc. produce a "multifunction multimedia server" called mmEye. mmEye has a 100MHz SH3 CPU, video capturing device, two PCMCIA slots (one for ATA flash memory and one for network - usually Ethernet) and works as web-camera device. The company kindly decided to donate the code to NetBSD project.

Panasonic BL-C10

The Panasonic BL-C10A Network Camera has a link from the devices embedded webserver support section that states "This product uses the part of the NetBSD kernel..." with a link to the four part BSD license and a listing of all the authors who contributed. (from Chris Tribo).

Panasonic KX-TGP550

The user manual for the Panasonic KX-TGP550 SIP Cordless Phone mentions: This product uses a part of NetBSD kernel. It contains a copy of the four-clause BSD license, and a list of copyright notices. It also links to the web interface for NetBSD CVS Repositories, explicitly mentioning the src/sys/kern, src/sys/net and src/sys/netinet components.

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