This page describes the installation of FreeSWITCH™ using the macOS FreeSWITCH™ Installer (macFI) that automates installation steps. It is part of the macOS Installation guide for installing FreeSWITCH™.

What does the macOS FreeSWITCH™ Installer (macFI) do?

The macFI installs FreeSWITCH™ 1.6 production or FreeSWITCH™ master/development from source on macOS 10.12, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, 10.10 Yosemite and 10.9 Mavericks systems. Support for older systems are dropped as instructions for those systems are archived.

Why Use the macOS FreeSWITCH™ Installer?

There are lot's of advantages to using the macFI as seen below. The primary ones are:

What Steps are Performed?

The installer performs identical steps as described in Manual InstallationYou can review the manual instructions before using the macFI to view most of the commands the macFI will execute.

Here is the sequence of functions performed:

  1. Determines if it can run on the macOS release.
  2. Asks what function is desired, install, test or remove.
  3. For installation, what version to download.
  4. Checks for presence of Xcode and Xcode beta.
  5. Checks for presence of Command Line Utilities.
  6. Checks if hidden files are visible.
  7. Checks if the required directories exists.
  8. Checks if the install directory has the correct ownership.
  9. Checks for presence of Homebrew.
  10. Checks for presence of prerequisites supplied by Homebrew.
  11. Checks for presence of previous FreeSWITCH™ source and runtime libraries.
  12. Produces a list of actions to take and requests verification to proceed.
  13. If required, launches web pages to install Xcode.
  14. If required, launches functions to install Command Line Utilities.
  15. If required, makes hidden files visible.
  16. If required, creates directories exists.
  17. If required, changes the ownership of the install directory.
  18. If required, downloads and installs Homebrew.
  19. If required, updates prerequisites supplied by Homebrew.
  20. If required, downloads and installs prerequisites supplied by Homebrew.
  21. If required, renames previous FreeSWITCH™ source and runtime libraries to prevent changes.
  22. Performs git clone of FreeSWITCH™.
  23. Performs bootstrap and configure.
  24. Adds FLITE to modules.conf.
  25. Performs make, make install, make install sounds, and make clean.
  26. Prompts for testing selection.
  27. If testing, opens web pages to FreeSWITCH™ information and displays IP address and port for phone configuration.
  28. If testing, launches FreeSWITCH™ to test.


Still not convinced to use the macFI? Here is a bonus: Output from most terminal commands are separated and placed into a folder created on the desktop using a date and time stamp. Each of the following commands are logged:

Set Terminal Application Screen Size

macFI uses the macOS Terminal application extensively during installation. The default screen size is very small so it's recommended to increase it for readability by:

  1. Start the Terminal application in the Applications -> Utilities folder by double-clicking on it. Then open its preferences panel.
  2. In Settings–>Profiles–>Window change the Window Size to larger values such as 140x48 to reduce having to resize the window often.

If you plan to start FreeSWITCH™ from the Terminal command line often then you should copy Terminal application into the Dock for quick access.

Download and Install the macOS FreeSWITCH™ Installer

It's incredibly easy to install, just follow this single step:

  1. Click on this link: macOS FreeSWITCH™ Installer, macOS will automatically download and unzip the file.


Running the macOS FreeSWITCH™ Installer

Due to macOS's tight security, there is a one-time security setting required because the macFI automates one keystroke (command-K in Terminal). The first time macFI is run macOS will state that it cannot run the app due to security restrictions. You must open System Preferences –> Security & Privacy and under General set to allow macOS to run macFI. The macFI can then be run anytime.

You should not perform other functions while the installer is running, although the macFI will run correctly, the Terminal window may not display as intended.
You can rerun the installer anytime, even it it was stopped or failed. It will determine what is already installed.

Double-click the installer to start it. Just follow the prompts and answer a few questions!

Where to go Next
Instructions for starting and stopping FreeSWITCH™ are at macOS Testing and Diagnostics.


macFI Change History

January 4, 2017  Added speexdsp prerequisite.

September 15, 2016  Renamed, change path for new Homebrew, use active Xcode version, 10.11 get Xcode 7 from dev site. Sep 16/17 Update Xcode URLs.
July 17, 2016            Add testing only option, 10.10 get Xcode 7 from dev site, use Xcode beta if found, allow bypass of open test calls wiki. Minor fixes.
February 26, 2016    Remove libvpx libyuv, replace nasm with yasm, change remove brew cache command.
November 26, 2015  Replace non-homebrew packages with homebrew since they are now available.
October 22, 2015     List names of prereqs. Other minor fixes.
October 16, 2015     Add FreeSWITCH™1.6, remove 1.4, update prerequisites add installation of non-homebrew packages.
October 3, 2015       Add change ownership logic for /usr/local, change 10.9 Xcode 6 download, remove 10.8 and Xcode 5 support.
November 5, 2014   Add Xcode 6.1 and Yosemite support. November 22, 2014 change URLs.