Welcome to the OpenWrt Project

The OpenWrt Project is a Linux operating system targeting embedded devices. Instead of trying to create a single, static firmware, OpenWrt provides a fully writable filesystem with package management. This frees you from the application selection and configuration provided by the vendor and allows you to customize the device through the use of packages to suit any application. For developers, OpenWrt is the framework to build an application without having to build a complete firmware around it; for users this means the ability for full customization, to use the device in ways never envisioned.

See the Table of Hardware for supported devices. For more information about OpenWrt project organization, see the About OpenWrt pages.

Following a vote among project members on May 26th, it has been decided to move OpenWrt's official IRC presence to the OFTC network.

To learn about how to connect or register on OFTC, refer to the network's homepage at https://www.oftc.net/.

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The OpenWrt Community is proud to present the OpenWrt 21.02 stable version series. It is the successor of the previous 19.07 stable major release.

The OpenWrt 21.02 series focuses on bringing all supported targets to Linux kernel version 5.4 and introducing WPA 3 support into default images.

Current Stable Release - OpenWrt 21.02.0

The current stable version series of OpenWrt is 21.02, with v21.02.0 being the latest release of the series. It was released on 4. September 2021.

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The OpenWrt Community is proud to present the OpenWrt 19.07 stable version series. It is the successor of the previous 18.06 stable major release.

The OpenWrt 19.07 series focuses on bringing all supported targets to Linux kernel version 4.14 and introducing initial device tree based ath79 support.

Current Stable Release - OpenWrt 19.07.8

The current stable version series of OpenWrt is 19.07, with v19.07.8 being the latest release of the series. It was released on 7 August 2021.

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People install OpenWrt because they believe it works better than the stock firmware from their vendor. They find it is more stable, offers more features, is more secure and has better support.

  • Extensibility: OpenWrt provides many capabilities found only in high-end devices. Its 3000+ application packages are standardized, so you can easily replicate the same setup on any supported device, including two (or even five) year old routers. More...
  • Performance and Stability: OpenWrt firmware is made of standardized modules used in all supported devices. This means each module will likely receive more testing and bug fixing than stock firmware which can be tweaked for each product line and never touched again. More...
  • Strong Community Support: OpenWrt team members are regular participants on the OpenWrt Forum, OpenWrt Developer and OpenWrt Admin mailing lists, and LEDE's IRC channels. You can interact directly with developers, volunteers managing the software modules and with other long-time OpenWrt users, drastically increasing the chances you will solve the issue at hand. More...
  • Research: Many teams use OpenWrt as a platform for their research into network performance. This means that the improvements of their successful experiments will be available in OpenWrt first, well before it gets incorporated into mainline, vendor firmware. More...
  • Open Source/No additional cost: OpenWrt is provided without any monetary cost. It has been entirely created by a team of volunteers: developers and maintainers, individuals and companies. If you enjoy using OpenWrt, consider contributing some effort to help us improve it for others! All of the above is possible because OpenWrt is part of the Open Source community, and powered by Linux kernel. Get the source code...
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SFC has welcomed us into their organization1):

September 10, 2020 OpenWrt — building on their sixteen years of success as the most popular Free and Open Source (FOSS) wireless router project — today joins Conservancy as a member project. FOSS wireless routers assure software freedom for all Internet users. Conservancy will help OpenWrt continue to thrive and grow as its new fiscal sponsor. OpenWrt occupies a special place in the history of software freedom. OpenWrt's creation and launch shows that GPL enforcement works and advances software freedom. In 2004, when Linksys released the firmware code for the WRT54G router series, coders and tinkerers regained control over their own routers, and launched OpenWrt based on the sources liberated from GPL enforcement. Today, OpenWrt leverages software freedom protected by the GPL to share that freedom and control with everyone who uses wireless routers to connect to the Internet.

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Like any open source project, OpenWrt thrives on the efforts of its users and developers.

  • If you want to develop the software, please refer to our Developer Guide to learn how to get the source code, build it, and contribute your changes back to the project.
  • If you're not a developer, you can still help. The documentation can always be improved (even if it's to verify that the instructions match your experience), or you can help other community members with questions. Don’t hesitate to Register yourself in the wiki, or join our mailing list and IRC channels to get in touch.

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  • Last modified: 2021/09/04 23:09
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