Reducing RAM usage

On Linux-based software like Untangle, high RAM usage isn't necessarily a bad thing. With that said, if you'd like to reduce your Untangle's RAM consumption — particularly important on devices with 2 GB or RAM or less — here are some things you can do:

  1. Disable and uninstall memory-intensive applications.
    The #1 culprits here are Intrusion Prevention and Virus Blocker Lite*. Each of these apps requires about 600 MB of RAM alone (plus more if you're actively blocking in Intrusion Prevention). Web Cache can also slow down your traffic — but for unrelated reasons — and should be uninstalled unless you're running a very slow (less than 5 Mbps) or metered connection.

    *Please note that the full version of Virus Blocker uses a different database than Virus Blocker Lite and is significantly lighter on RAM.

  2. Uninstall disabled applications.
    This will be anything that's installed but not running. If it's a temporary disabling, you can leave it, but if the app isn't going to be used in the near future we recommend uninstalling it entirely.

  3. Uninstall applications that are running but have no rules enabled.
    Typical apps will include Firewall and Captive Portal.

  4. Uninstall Spam Blocker and Phish Blocker if they're not being used.
    These apps only scan SMTP port 25 traffic, so if you don't have an on-premise email server, they're not doing anything for you. (Phish Blocker also uses the same database as Virus Blocker Lite, so it's also memory-intensive.)

  5. Bypass DNS sessions.
    We have a default rule in Config > Network > Bypass Rules which is not enabled by default, but turning that on can help reduce memory usage.

  6. Check for large amounts of report processing.
    Do you have any of the advanced logging options in Config > Network > Advanced enabled (they're the last four options)? Disabling those can help lower your resource consumption.

  7. Upgrade to v14.
    Untangle v14 includes a number of efficiency-related upgrades, which can help significantly if you're running an older version of Untangle. (This will also resolve an issue with abandoned console sessions consuming RAM.)
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