Installing pfSense from a USB stick is much more convenient when compared to the live CD installation method.
CDs are quickly becoming obsolete and burning a new disk for each release of pfSense is wasteful and time consuming.
In this hub I'll show you how to create a bootable USB stick that can be used to quickly install pfSense on a PC.
Downloading the Memstick Image
First you'll need to for pfSense from one of the mirror sites.
The memstick images are available in both 32, or 64 bit versions. Download the version that's compatible with the hardware you'll be installing pfSense on.
Download either the i386 (32-bit) , or 64-bit memstick image file.
Extracting the Image File
The file downloaded from the mirror site is compressed in gzip format. Before the image can be transferred to a USB drive it must be extracted. is a great free program that can be used to extract gzip archives.
Extract the IMG file to a location on your PCs hard drive.