Which option to use when downloading Untangle software

The Untangle software is free to download and it works on multiple platforms. But how do I know which download I need?

This article outlines the different download formats and explains when each one would be used.


Installation Media 

The first consideration is how you plan to deliver the software onto the device you will be using.

  • If you intend to install on an appliance with a CD/DVD drive - download the ISO formatted file
  • If you intend to install in VMWare - download the OVA formatted file
  • If you intend to install in a Virtual environment other than VMWare - download the ISO formatted file
  • If you intend to install on an ARM based router like the Linksys WRT1900ACS - download the firmware files

For any other scenarios you would most likely be installing via bootable USB drive so want to download the IMG formatted file. 


System Architecture

After selecting the type of file you then need to choose between 32- and 64-bit versions of the file. The major difference between these two is the amount of RAM you are planning to have in the Untangle system.

If you will have more than 4 GB of RAM, you need to use the 64-bit version. Otherwise the 32-bit will work fine.

When preparing for installation consideration should be given to the age of the hardware being used.   Generally, newer hardware is preferred as it will last longer. Nearly all hardware produced in the last 5 years supports 64-bit Operating Systems. If you are unsure look up the information for the motherboard and CPU you are using. Usually a quick Google search will tell you whether or not 64-bit architecture is supported.

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    Duncan Mills

    It would be useful to outline which version e.g. 32 or 64 bit would be appropriate for your appliances

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    Collen Knickerbocker

    Thanks for the feedback. We actually use the same criteria for 32 vs 64 bit that we recommend to everyone else. Does the device have 4+GB of RAM? If the answer is yes, 64bit. Hope this helps!

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