Installation of Asterisk for Ubuntu / Debian

Asterisk is the world’s leading open source PBXi, telephony engine, and telephony applications toolkit. Offering flexibility unheard of in the world of proprietary communications, Asterisk empowers developers and integrators to create advanced communication solutions…for free.


official asterisk website


Distros selection for linux


Ubuntu / Fedora / Debian / Gentoo / CentOs are considered to be the best linux flavours .


Distros available at there respective sites


Installation :


First step is to install all the dependencies


Installation Commands for Ubuntu / Debian Sarge and Etch :


cd /usr/src


apt-get update

apt-get install kernel-headers-2.6.8-2-386


apt-get install cvs

apt-get install libssl-dev

apt-get install zlib1g-dev

apt-get install libnewt-dev

apt-get install bison

apt-get install ncurses-dev

apt-get install libssl-dev

apt-get install initrd-tools

apt-get install procps


mkdir asterisk

cd asterisk







wget gz


tar xvfz libpri-1.2-current.tar.gz

cd libpri-1.2.3/

make clean


make install


cd ..

tar xvfz zaptel-1.2-current.tar.gz

cd zaptel-1.2.8/

make clean

make linux26)

make install

modprobe zaptel

modprobe wcfxo



cd ..

tar xvfz asterisk-1.2-current.tar.gz

cd asterisk-1.2.11/


make install

make samples




wget /x86/register

wget ar.gz



cd ..

tar xvfz asterisk-sounds-1.2.1.tar.gz

cd asterisk-sounds-1.2.1

make clean

make install



modprobe ztdummy



From Asterisk TFOT

Let’s look at some examples. To start Asterisk and connect to the CLI with a verbos-

ity level of 3, use the following command:


# /usr/sbin/asterisk –cvvv

If the Asterisk process is already running (for example, if you started Asterisk with

/usr/sbin/asterisk), instead use the reconnect switch, like so:


# /usr/sbin/asterisk –vvvr


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