12 Best Freenas Plugins To Extend the built-in NAS Services

FreeNAS is an open source NAS software company and also provides NAS hardware solutions such as FreeNAS Mini & Mini XL and FreeNAS servers. The FreeNAS is open source and free that means you don’t need to spend a single penny if you want to make your own NAS server at home using old machines. To extend the built-in FreeNAS capabilities there are a bunch of FreeNAS plugins available to add extra features to your home or enterprise FreeNas server.

The FreeNAS plugins architecture is based on FreeBSD jails and PC-BSD 9.x PBIs. This allowed users to install and configure additional applications once they had created and configured a plugins jail.

The FreeNAS allows installing the plugins using two methods: Command Line and GUI mode. In the GUI mode, the user can browse, install and configure the plugins but with a limited amount of control whereas in the command line user gets more control over software installation. To know more about FreeNAS see Plugins and Jails sections.

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  • Multicore 64-bit processor
  • 8GB Boot Drive
  • 8GB RAM
  • At least 1 direct attached disk (Hardware RAID strongly discouraged)
  • One physical network port

If you don’t want to go through whole free opensource FreeNAS plugins list then here is the comprises one.

  • Bacula-sd (storage daemon)
  • BTSync
  • CouchPotato
  • Crashplan
  • Cruciblewds
  • Emby
  • S3cmd
  • SABnzbd
  • SickBeard
  • SickRage
  • Sonarr
  • Subsonic
  • Syncthing
  • transmission
  • XDM
  • Firefly
  • Headphones
  • HTPC-Manager
  • Maraschino
  • MineOS
  • Mylar
  • Owncloud
  • Plexmediaserver


Note: All these FreeNAS plugins which are basically open source applications also available for multiple platforms and can be used individually or separately without FreeNAS

FreeNAS plugins for NAS storage

Bacula-sd (storage daemon)

Bacula is a set of Open Source, computer programs give the network backup solution.


This FreeNAS plugin application allows distributed peer to peer file syncing capability which is multiple times faster than centralized file transfer systems.


CouchPotato is an NZB and torrent downloader FreeNAS plugin fully open source and also available for multiple platforms including for browsers such as Chrome and Firefox.


To enhance the capability of FreeNAS this plugin will allow backup data to remote servers, other computers, or hard drives. CrashPlan offers totally free local and offsite backup.


Out of number FreeNas Plugins this allows Web-based computer cloning, supporting unicast and multicast. Plugin.  CrucibleWDS is a free imaging/deployment/ cloning program. A free Ghost alternative.


In our list of FreeNAS plugins, this plugin will allow creating a personally Emby Server that automatically converts and streams your media on-the-fly to play on any device.


Firefly (mt-daapd) is an open-source media server for the Roku SoundBridge and Apple iTunes.


Again FreeNAS plugin that written in Python and allows to automated music downloader for NZB and Torrent. It supports SABnzbd, NZBget, Transmission, µTorrent, Deluge and Blackhole. Automatic music downloader for SABnzbd.

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HTPC Manager FreeNAS plugin will combine all your software and provides a fully responsive interface to manage them.


Maraschino provides a simple web interface to act as a nice overview/front page for an XBMC/HTPC


MiniOS is FreeNAS plugin that provides a web interface to create and manage Minecraft server instances.


An automated Comic Book downloader (cbr/cbz) trying to follow in the lines of sickbeard and headphones.


Owncloud needs no introduction it is popular is a system for the creation and management of personal cloud resources to access & share your files, calendars, contacts, mail & more from any device.


This plugin will convert your NAS server to Plex Media Server and adds its compatibility into it.


It is a command Line S3 Client and Backup for Linux and Mac. This plugin allows for uploading, retrieving and managing data in Amazon S3 and other cloud storage service providers.


SABnzbd application can access from any device with any browser and also runs on Windows, MacOS, Linux. It is a plugin to download binary files from Usenet servers. It can integrate with Apps like Sonarr, Sickrage, CouchPotato and Headphones to automate the download process.


If you want to watch your new TV shows using FreNAS then this plugin will help you. It currently supports NZBs.org, NZBMatrix, NZBs’R’Us, Newzbin, Womble’s Index, NZB.su, TVTorrents and EZRSS a. It also can retrieve info from TVDB.com and TVRage.com.


It is an automatic Video Library Manager and keeps looking for new episodes of your favorite shows on torrent/nzb. As soon as they available you can download, and process at the qualities you want.


If you are a user of  Usenet and BitTorrent then Sonarr is a PVR for you. This plugin little bit little like SickRage that can monitor multiple RSS feeds for new episodes of your favorite shows.  Also, it can download them too.


This plugin application converts your NAS into a home server that acts as a personal media server. It has Podcast receiver, Chromecast, Sonos, jukebox mode DLNA and more.


Syncthing freenas plugin will give your own centralized syncing that can replace proprietary sync and cloud services. You can choose where your data will stored if it is shared with some third party and how it’s transmitted over the Internet.


Transmission is a cross-platform BitTorrent client.  It only takes a few clicks to configure advanced features like watch directories, bad peer blocklists, and the web interface.


XDM: A python based applicationeXtendable Download Manager. It is Plugin based media collection manager that runs in the background and provides a Web interface. It is plugin based media collection manager such as TV shows, Music albums, Movies, Books, and Games.

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