/!\ As part of FreeBSD's 14.0 deprecation plans, the MIPS architecture port has been removed. The following information is kept as a historical reference.

There was once a FreeBSD/mips TODO List containing items that we would have liked to see, but it is now OBE.


There are a variety of MIPS32 platforms supported.

The most popular / tested is the Atheros MIPS SoCs.

The CPU families in question (in 32-bit mode):

Specific boards (non-exhaustive):

May other devices have an AR71xx, AR724x, AR91xx, AR933x, AR934x, QCA955x in them. Any of those boards will work - provided enough RAM (32MB) and flash (8MB) is available to run FreeBSD-HEAD.

MIPS 64 based


See mips/Octeon article.



The 32-bit and 64-bit MIPS platforms (both big and little endian) can be tested under various emulator environments. Please see MipsEmulation for further information.

Building FreeBSD/MIPS

A very simple (and perhaps out of date) overview can be found here - FreeBSD/BuildingMIPS .

AdrianChadd has built a set of build scripts to build MIPS/ARM access point images: https://github.com/freebsd/freebsd-wifi-build/ .

Cavium Simulator -- How to run the Cavium Network Simulator on FreeBSD with a FreeBSD kernel


mips (last edited 2023-08-21T05:16:50+0000 by MarkLinimon)