Get FreeBSD box up on Vultr

My FreeBSD box on Vultr is up and ready to work. The process is fast too and I don’t have to wait for provisioning like other provider . The closest provider I ever try is Amazon EC2. Running FreeBSD on smallest memory (if I not wrong its 384 MB). In Vultr process is fast and clean :

After create an instance I got this view. Click Manage.


Looks like the install process use install script and you can see the process by click “view the console” link to get detailed view.


The process in console took around 4 minutes till I see login box .


I try to Ping the server

$ ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=49 time=279 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=49 time=279 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=49 time=297 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=49 time=286 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=5 ttl=49 time=304 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6 ttl=49 time=283 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=7 ttl=49 time=302 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=8 ttl=49 time=291 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=9 ttl=49 time=290 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=10 ttl=49 time=289 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=11 ttl=49 time=279 ms
— ping statistics —
11 packets transmitted, 11 received, 0% packet loss, time 10011ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 279.245/289.360/304.772/8.593 ms

Try SSH login

$ ssh [email protected]
The authenticity of host ‘ (’ can’t be established.
ECDSA key fingerprint is 06:e1:93:2f:1e:cd:81:88:26:ab:c9:f4:70:d1:cc:e8.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added ‘’ (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
Password for [email protected]:
FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE (GENERIC) #0 r260789: Thu Jan 16 22:34:59 UTC 2014

Welcome to FreeBSD!

Before seeking technical support, please use the following resources:

o  Security advisories and updated errata information for all releases are
at – always consult the ERRATA section
for your release first as it’s updated frequently.

o  The Handbook and FAQ documents are at and,
along with the mailing lists, can be searched by going to  If the doc package has been installed
(or fetched via pkg install lang-freebsd-doc, where lang is the
2-letter language code, e.g. en), they are also available formatted
in /usr/local/share/doc/freebsd.

If you still have a question or problem, please take the output of
`uname -a’, along with any relevant error messages, and email it
as a question to the [email protected] mailing list.  If you are
unfamiliar with FreeBSD’s directory layout, please refer to the hier(7)
manual page.  If you are not familiar with manual pages, type `man man’.

Edit /etc/motd to change this login announcement.

[email protected]:~ #


[email protected]:~ # df -H
Filesystem            Size    Used   Avail Capacity  Mounted on
/dev/label/rootfs0     14G    755M     12G     6%    /
devfs                 1.0k    1.0k      0B   100%    /dev
[email protected]:~ # uname -a
FreeBSD freebsd-4103 10.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE #0 r260789: Thu Jan 16 22:34:59 UTC 2014     [email protected]:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC  amd64
[email protected]:~ # cat /etc/rc.conf
# Auto-Enabled NICs from pc-sysinstall
ifconfig_vtnet0=”inet netmask″
[email protected]:~ # pkg info
The package management tool is not yet installed on your system.
Do you want to fetch and install it now? [y/N]: y
Bootstrapping pkg from pkg+, please wait…
Verifying signature with trusted certificate… done
Installing pkg-1.2.7_2… done
If you are upgrading from the old package format, first run:

# pkg2ng
pkg-1.2.7_2                    Package manager
[email protected]:~ # pkg info
pkg-1.2.7_2                    Package manager
[email protected]:~ #
[email protected]:~ # top > tes
[email protected]:~ # cat tes
last pid:   809;  load averages:  0.15,  0.17,  0.12  up 0+00:19:23    14:04:30
19 processes:  2 running, 17 sleeping

Mem: 14M Active, 13M Inact, 38M Wired, 44M Buf, 659M Free
Swap: 2000M Total, 2000M Free

795 root          1  20    0 86084K  6932K select   0:00   0.00% sshd
722 root          1  20    0 23980K  5348K select   0:00   0.00% sendmail
775 root          1  20    0 86084K  6928K select   0:00   0.00% sshd
798 root          1  20    0 23492K  3392K RUN      0:00   0.00% csh
778 root          1  21    0 23492K  3272K ttyin    0:00   0.00% csh
560 root          1  20    0 14424K  2056K select   0:00   0.00% syslogd
729 root          1  20    0 16520K  2148K nanslp   0:00   0.00% cron
809 root          1  20    0 19768K  2532K RUN      0:00   0.00% top
694 root          1  20    0 60816K  6416K select   0:00   0.00% sshd
766 root          1  52    0 14420K  1912K ttyin    0:00   0.00% getty
770 root          1  52    0 14420K  1912K ttyin    0:00   0.00% getty
768 root          1  52    0 14420K  1912K ttyin    0:00   0.00% getty
771 root          1  52    0 14420K  1912K ttyin    0:00   0.00% getty
773 root          1  52    0 14420K  1912K ttyin    0:00   0.00% getty
767 root          1  52    0 14420K  1912K ttyin    0:00   0.00% getty
772 root          1  52    0 14420K  1912K ttyin    0:00   0.00% getty
769 root          1  52    0 14420K  1912K ttyin    0:00   0.00% getty
451 root          1  20    0 13584K  4452K select   0:00   0.00% devd

Virtualization check :

[email protected]:~ # dmesg | grep -i virtual
CPU: Vultr Virtual CPU 2 (3392.31-MHz K8-class CPU)
sc0: VGA <16 virtual consoles, flags=0x300>
[email protected]:~ #

Good job vultr 🙂





FreeBSD VPS using KVM only $5/month

My first option when install vps server is always FreeBSD but due to budget I was ‘forced’ to choose Linux. Maybe openvz can’t handle FreeBSD and demand is low then you must go with provider that cost around $20 per box.  Compare $5 vs $20 to the box I choose $5 🙂

Lucky I got new provider that give KVM based solution called VULTR. The name is bit strange for me but I knew about choopa. Parent company that deliver vultr.

The website layout is looks like DigitalOcean and use the same virtualization (KVM). Signup process and utilization also close to DO and this approach is good for me as I don’t have to learn how to use it.


I’m so exciting with this opportunity and would recommend it to my friends who looking for cheap freebsd box.

I got one box and will update it with tutorial around FreeBSD.

See you soon 🙂

Ps : VULTR surprised me with promotion. I deposit $10 and they match it $10. So I got $20 for at least 4 month experiment using FreeBSD 10. Yippie!