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How to Install Asterisk 11 in RHEL/CentOS/Fedora and Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint

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Asterisk is an Open Source software PBX (Private Branch Exchange), developed by Mark Specer of Digium. It allows you to make calls to one another which may have connected to other PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Asterisk runs on Linux, BSD, MacOSX and others. Having built-in features like voicemail, conferencing, IVR, queuing etc.

In this article, we are going to see a basic installation and working of Asterisk 11 in RHEL 6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6.0, CentOS 6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6.0, Fedora 18,17,16, Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10, Linux Mint 14/13 and Debian Linux Operating Systems.

1. Preparation for Installation

First, you make sure that your system is up-to-date, if not try to update the system and then install dependencies packages using “yum command” and “apt-get command“, before installing Asterisk on your system.

On RHEL/CentOS/Fedora
# yum -y update
# yum install -y make wget openssl-devel ncurses-devel newt-devel libxml2-devel kernel-devel gcc gcc-c++ sqlite-devel

Turn Off SELinux by changing the line “enforcing” to “disabled” in /etc/selinux/config file.


Once you disabled SELinux, you need to reboot the system.

On Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Debian
# su root
# apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y && reboot
# apt-get install build-essential wget libssl-dev libncurses5-dev libnewt-dev  libxml2-dev linux-headers-$(uname -r) libsqlite3-dev

2. Downloading DAHDI, LibPRI and Asterisk Tarballs

Download the source tarballs, these following commands will download current release of DAHDI 2.6, LibPRI 1.4 and Asterisk 11.

# cd /usr/src/
# wget http://downloads.asterisk.org/pub/telephony/libpri/libpri-1.4-current.tar.gz
# wget http://downloads.asterisk.org/pub/telephony/dahdi-linux-complete/dahdi-linux-complete-current.tar.gz
# wget http://downloads.asterisk.org/pub/telephony/asterisk/asterisk-11-current.tar.gz

Next, extract the files from source tarballs using “tar command” as shown below.

# tar zxvf dahdi-linux-complete-current.tar.gz
# tar zxvf libpri-1.4-current.tar.gz
# tar zxvf asterisk-11-current.tar.gz

3. Configuring, Compiling And Installing

Go to the each directory from where you have downloaded and extracted the packages and start running the following commands to install DAHDI, LibPRI and Asterisk.

Installing DAHDI.
# cd /usr/src/dahdi-linux-complete-2.6.2+2.6.2/
# make && make install && make config
Installing LibPRI
# cd /usr/src/libpri-1.4.14/
# make && make install
Installing Asterisk

Next, run the “configure” script will vary depending upon whether your system is 32-bit or 64-bit. In the middle, when “menuselect” command executes, select your desired options and then hit “Save and Exit” option and the installation will continuous.

Run this command if you’re installing Asterisk on a 32-bit OS.

# cd /usr/src/asterisk-11.3.0/
# ./configure && make menuselect && make && make install && make samples && make config

Run this command if you’re installing Asterisk on a 64-bit OS.

# cd /usr/src/asterisk-11.3.0/
# ./configure --libdir=/usr/lib64 && make menuselect && make && make install && make samples && make config

Following are the some Asterisk configuration files and their locations.

  1. /etc/asterisk/ – configuration files.
  2. /var/lib/asterisk/ – contains images, firmware, keys, sounds sample files.
  3. /usr/lib/asterisk/modules/ – contains all loadable modules.

4. Starting DAHDI and Asterisk Services

Enable the DAHDI and Asterisk services at system boot time.

# chkconfig dahdi on
# chkconfig asterisk on

Start the DAHDI and Asterisk.

# service dahdi start
# service asterisk start

5. Connecting to Asterisk CLI

Run the following command to connect to the Asterisk CLI.

# asterisk -rvvvvv

Asterisk 11.3.0, Copyright (C) 1999 - 2012 Digium, Inc. and others.
Created by Mark Spencer <markster@digium.com>
Asterisk comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; type 'core show warranty' for details.
This is free software, with components licensed under the GNU General Public
License version 2 and other licenses; you are welcome to redistribute it under
certain conditions. Type 'core show license' for details.
Connected to Asterisk 11.3.0 currently running on tecmint (pid = 1820)

6. Asterisk Console Commands

It’s similar to IOS. From Asterisk terminal anytime you can use ‘Tab key‘ or type ‘?‘ for help or command auto complete.

!              acl            ael            agent          agi            aoc            
calendar       cc
cdr            cel            channel        cli            confbridge     config         
console        core
data           database       devstate       dialplan       dnsmgr         dundi          
event          fax
features       file           group          hangup         help           http           
iax2           indication
local          logger         manager        mgcp           minivm         mixmonitor     
module         moh
no             originate      parkedcalls    phoneprov      presencestate  pri            
queue          realtime
reload         rtcp           rtp            say            sip            skinny         
stun           timing
udptl          ulimit         unistim        voicemail

7. Useful Commands from Asterisk CLI

  1. restart gracefully – Restart Asterisk gracefully.
  2. restart now – Restart immediately.
  3. restart when convenient – Restart Asterisk when call is empty.
  4. reload – Configuration reload.
  5. stop gracefully – Gracefully Asterisk shutdown.
  6. stop now – Shutdown immediately.
  7. stop when convenient – Shutdown Asterisk when call is empty.

8. Command Line Parameters

Following are the available command line parameters of Asterisk.

-h : Help. Run '/sbin/asterisk -h' to get a list of the available command line parameters.
-C <configfile>: Starts Asterisk with a different configuration file than the default /etc/asterisk/asterisk.conf.
-f : Foreground. Starts Asterisk but does not fork as a background daemon.
-c : Enables console mode. Starts Asterisk in the foreground (implies -f), with a console command line interface (CLI) that can be used to issue commands and view the state of the system.
-r : Remote console. Starts a CLI console which connects to an instance of Asterisk already running on this machine as a background daemon.
-R : Remote console. Starts a CLI console which connects to an instance of Asterisk already running on this machine as a background daemon and attempts to reconnect if disconnected.
-t : Record soundfiles in /var/tmp and move them where they belong after they are done.
-T : Display the time in "Mmm dd hh:mm:ss" format for each line of output to the CLI.
-n : Disable console colorization (for use with -c or -r)
-i: Prompt for cryptographic initialization passcodes at startup.
-p : Run as pseudo-realtime thread. Run with a real-time priority. (Whatever that means.)
-q : Quiet mode (supress output)
-v : Increase verbosity (multiple v's = more verbose)
-V : Display version number and exit.
-d : Enable extra debugging across all modules.
-g : Makes Asterisk dump core in the case of a segmentation violation.
-G <group> : Run as a group other than the caller.
-U <user> : Run as a user other than the caller
-x <cmd> : Execute command <cmd> (only valid with -r)

9. Reference Link

  1. http://www.asterisk.org/

Ravi Saive

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4 Responses

  1. johnt says:

    Better to use yum on centos/fedora seeing as the repo is available for these distros.

  2. cochtan says:

    one important thing is missing – PERL, so before reboot step use also this command:

    yum install perl

    Good luck to all Asterisk people ;-)

  3. Rajendra says:

    want to know about Asterisk-Polycom

  4. Noman says:

    i have 2 cisco ip pone what i should first step b4 configure of asterisk installation

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