OpenWrt 23.05.0 - First stable release

Hauke Mehrtens hauke at
Fri Oct 13 02:20:37 PDT 2023


The OpenWrt community is proud to announce the first stable release of 
the OpenWrt 23.05 stable series.
OpenWrt 23.05.0 incorporates over 4300 commits since branching the 
previous OpenWrt 22.03 release and has been under development for over 
one year.

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Download firmware images directly from our download servers:

Highlights in OpenWrt 23.05.0:

Many new devices added

OpenWrt 23.05 supports over 1790 devices. Support for over 200 new 
devices was added in addition to the device support by OpenWrt 22.03.

  * The ipq807x target for the Qualcomm IPQ807x Wifi 6 SoCs was added
  * The mediatek/filogic subtarget for the Mediatek Filogic 830 and 630
    SoCs was added
  * The sifiveu target for the HiFive RISC-V Unleashed and Unmatched

Highlights of device support

  * Switched ipq40xx target to DSA
  * VDSL support on AVM FRITZ!Box 7530
  * Support for devices with 2.5G PHYs
    * Acer Predator W6 (MT7986A)
    * Mercusys MR90X v1 (MT7986BLA)
    * Netgear WAX206 (MT7622)
    * Netgear WAX220 (MT7986)
    * ZyXEL NWA50AX Pro (MT7981)
    * Asus (TUF Gaming) AX4200 (MT7986A)
    * Netgear WAX218 (IPQ8074)
    * Xiaomi AX9000 (IPQ8074)
    * Dynalink DL-WRX36 (IPQ8074)
    * GL.iNet GL-MT6000 (MT7986A)
    * Netgear WAX620 (IPQ8072A)
    * ZyXEL EX5700 (MT7986)
  * Support for Wifi 6E (6GHz)
    * Acer Predator W6 (MT7986A)
    * ZyXEL EX5700 (MT7986)
  * 2 Gbps WAN/LAN NAT Routing on ramips MT7621 devices (See OpenWrt
  * Improved DSL statistics on ubus and in LuCI
  * Added Arm SystemReady (EFI) compliant target replacing the armvirt

Switch from wolfssl to mbedtls as default

OpenWrt has transitioned its default cryptographic library from wolfssl 
to mbedtls. This shift brings several changes and implications:

  * Size Efficiency: mbedtls is considerably smaller, making it an
    optimal choice for systems where storage space is paramount.
  * LTS and ABI Stability: mbedtls consistently provides updates via its
    Long Term Support (LTS) branch, ensuring both security and a stable
    application binary interface (ABI). In contrast, wolfssl does not
    offer an LTS release, and its stable ABI is limited to a specific set
    of functions.
  * TLS 1.3 Support: Users should be aware that mbedtls 2.28 no longer
    supports TLS 1.3.

While mbedtls is now the default, users who have specific needs or 
preferences can still manually switch back to wolfssl or choose openssl.

Rust Package Support

This release introduces the ability to include rust-written programs 
into the OpenWrt package infrastructure. Examples are: bottom, maturin, 
aardvark-dns and ripgrep.

Core components update

Core components have the following versions in 23.05.0:

  * Updated toolchain:
    * musl libc 1.2.4
    * glibc 2.37
    * gcc 12.3.0
    * binutils 2.40
  * Updated Linux kernel
    * 5.15.134 for all targets
  * Network:
    * hostapd master snapshot from September 2023
    * dnsmasq 2.89
    * dropbear 2022.82
  * cfg80211/mac80211 from kernel 6.1.24
  * System userland:
    * busybox 1.36.1

Upgrading to 23.05.0

Sysupgrade can be used to upgrade a device from 22.03 to 23.05, and 
configuration will be preserved in most cases.

  * Sysupgrade from 21.02 to 23.05 is not officially supported.
  * ipq40xx EA6350v3, EA8300, MR8300 and WHW01 require tweak to the
    U-Boot environment on update from 22.03 to 23.05. Refer to the Device
    wiki or the instruction on sysupgrade on how to do this change.
    Config needs to be reset on sysupgrade.

Known issues

  * lantiq/xrx200 target is not build because the DSA driver for the
    integrated GSWIP switch shows some error messages.
  * bcm53xx: Netgear R8000 and Linksys EA9200 Ethernet is broken

See up to date information here:


Full release notes and upgrade instructions are available at

In particular, make sure to read the regressions and known issues before 

For a detailed list of all changes since 22.03.0, refer to

To download the 23.05.0 images, navigate to:
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As always, a big thank you goes to all our active package maintainers, 
testers, documenters and supporters.

Have fun!

The OpenWrt Community


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