A curated list of FreeBSD must-have packages for server and workstation

This is an updated list of all the packages we use on servers and workstations alike.

They can be installed like this:

sudo pkg install -y lnav


  • git: source code management tool
  • mercurial: source control management system

text processing

  • ansifilter: customizable ANSI Code converter
  • print/texinfo: typeset documentation system with multiple format output


  • sysutils/lnav: ncurses based log file viewer, with syntax highlighting, filtering, tab completion for most operations, and sessions support.
  • sysutils/htop: Better top – interactive process viewer