- Extensibility - Allowing new features to be added easily.
- Flexibility - Users should be able to pick and choose which functionalities are enabled, while also allowing them to replace parts of the system with different implementations
- Scalability - FreeSWITCH can be run on systems as small as an embedded softphone or as big as a cluster of full-blown carrier switches.
- Stability - Problems with one feature should not bring down the whole system.
To accomplish these goals FreeSWITCH is built using a modular system:
- There is a small core that provides the base system used by all modules, however most of the functionalities are not implemented in the core itself,
- but rather in standalone modules that are not dependent on each other.
When you install FreeSWITCH with the default configuration, the modules that are required for most common scenarios are enabled. We will see later in the configuration section how to enable/disable modules.
The modules are grouped by the type of functionality they provide. We will now explore the types of modules, and what functionality is provided by each.
3.1 Module Types
Endpoint modules are one of the most important modules in FreeSWITCH.
|Application||This is where all the action is happening! There are hundreds of application modules included in the default setup a few examples are playing a file, joining a conference, send a call to voicemail, play an IVR menu. Many of the common applications are provided by the dptools module.|
|Dialplan||A Dialplan module is responsible for routing calls, based on information such as Caller ID, Destination Number and more. The default dialplan module is the XML Dialplan. We will cover this in detail in the Dialplan section.|
|Directory||Provides authentication and configurations for users that can register with FreeSWITCH. The most common directory module is the XML Directory.|
|Codecs are used to encode and compress audio for streaming.|
|Loggers||Record log messages. Some of the included loggers are console and log file. xml_cdr is another commonly used logger to output call detail records.|
There a few more types of modules, but these are the common ones. For a listing of common module see the Modules page. If you require some functionality that's not provided by one of the existing modules, you can write your own module. Modules can be written in many popular programming languages. See the developer documentation for more information.
Many modules also have API commands that can be issued from the command line, script or sent from a remote computer via the event socket. What the API commands can do are up to each individual module, but some common functionalities include returning status information (such as how many listeners are in a conference) or control the currently running application (such as pausing a file being played) There are hundreds of APIs available from the different modules. In the command line you can type show api to see all APIs based on the modules that are loaded.
There are also API commands provided by the core, these are in the Commands module.
Navigating the documentation
This table provides a roadmap you can use to go through the documentation in a structured fashion.
|Installation||How to download and install FreeSWITCH|
|Configuration||Overview of the structure of FreeSWITCH Configuration files.|
|Running FreeSWITCH||How to run FreeSWITCH in the console or as a daemon|
|Call Legs||Explains an important concept required to better understand Endpoints and Dialplans|
|Endpoints||Explains the endpoint concept in general, as well as a more detailed overview of the common endpoints|
|Introduction to Dialplan||Dialplan is one of the most complex parts of FreeSWITCH, this page distills it|
|Directory||How to setup users and devices|
|Logging & CDR||Setup Logging and Call Records|
|Databases||How to configure FreeSWITCH to store channel state in a database|
|Default Configuration||Walkthrough of the default configuration|
|Event Socket||Allows an outside program to interact with FreeSWITCH over a network connection. The CLI uses the Event Socket to allow you to run commands and view the output of FreeSWITCH.|
- There is an active community on our mailing lists which can be found at http://lists.freeswitch.org/mailman/listinfo/freeswitch-users.(Learn how to ask smart questions before posting!)
- The FreeSWITCH developers also hang out in our Slack room.
- For larger implementations and for complex support issues we offer commercial support plans for more information please email us or call 877.422.2583.
- If you need a new feature, you can try putting up a bounty on the bounty page.
- There are community sites in several languages.
FreeSWITCH itself is licensed under the MPL 1.1 (Mozilla Public License), however some individual modules might be using other licenses.
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