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Install FreeSWITCH and FusionPBX on FreeBSD

Added by Daniel Curtis almost 9 years ago. Updated over 2 years ago.

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This is a guide for setting up FreeSWITCH with Nginx, PostgreSQL, and FusionPBX on FreeBSD 9.

Prepare the Environment

  • Make sure the system is up to date:
    pkg update && pkg upgrade && portsnap fetch extract
  • Install a few dependencies:
    pkg install portmaster screen sox cmake autoconf automake lua51 curl git gmake jpeg ldns libedit binutils freetype2 libtool openssl pcre pkgconf flex speex sqlite3 wget subversion postgresql94-client sofia-sip x264 libvpx opus ffmpeg

Install FreeSWITCH

NOTE: I could not build FreeSWITCH from ports, so this guide will compile from GitHub.

  • Make a source directory and switch to it:
    mkdir /usr/local/src && cd /usr/local/src
  • Clone the latest version of freeswitch:
    git clone -b v1.6
  • Build and install freeswitch:
    ./ -j
    ./configure --enable-core-pgsql-support
    gmake install cd-sounds-install cd-moh-install
    • While running gmake, I encountered an error. To work around this I disabled mod_fsv:
      sed -i '' -e 's/applications\/mod_fsv/#applications\/mod_fsv/' modules.conf

Freeswitch rc script

  • Create the rc script:
    vi /usr/local/etc/rc.d/freeswitch
    • And add the following
      # PROVIDE: freeswitch
      # REQUIRE: LOGIN cleanvar
      # KEYWORD: shutdown
      # Add the following lines to /etc/rc.conf to enable freeswitch:
      # freeswitch_enable:       Set it to "YES" to enable freeswitch.
      #                          Default is "NO".
      # freeswitch_flags:        Flags passed to freeswitch-script on startup.
      #                          Default is "".
      . /etc/rc.subr
      load_rc_config $name
      : ${freeswitch_enable="NO"}
      : ${freeswitch_pidfile="/usr/local/freeswitch/run/"}
      freeswitch_start() {
              /usr/local/freeswitch/bin/freeswitch ${freeswitch_flags}
              echo -n "Starting FreeSWITCH: " 
      freeswitch_stop() {
              /usr/local/freeswitch/bin/freeswitch -stop
      run_rc_command "$1" 
  • Make the script executable:
    chmod +x /usr/local/etc/rc.d/freeswitch
  • Start and enable freeswitch to start at boot:
    echo 'freeswitch_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf
    echo 'freeswitch_flags="-nc"' >> /etc/rc.conf
    service freeswitch start
    • NOTE: If your Freeswitch server has a IP address and not behind a NAT router, add the -nonat parameter to the freeswitch_flags. This will disable NAT traversal feature of FreeSWITCH.

Install FusionPBX

  • Install fusionpbx:
    portmaster www/fusionpbx
    • NOTE: Make sure to enable [X]PDOPGSQL while configuring fusionpbx.

Install Nginx

  • Install Nginx
    pkg install nginx
  • Start and enable nginx at boot:
    echo 'nginx_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf
    service nginx start
  • Create a configuration directory to make managing individual server blocks easier
    mkdir /usr/local/etc/nginx/conf.d
  • Edit the main nginx config file:
    vi /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf
    • And strip down the config file and add the include statement at the end to make it easier to handle various server blocks:
      #user  nobody;
      worker_processes  1;
      error_log  /var/log/nginx-error.log;
      events {
          worker_connections  1024;
      http {
          include       mime.types;
          default_type  application/octet-stream;
          sendfile        on;
          #tcp_nopush     on;
          #keepalive_timeout  0;
          keepalive_timeout  65;
          #gzip  on;
          # Load config files from the /etc/nginx/conf.d directory
          include /usr/local/etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf;
  • Now create a config for
    vi /usr/local/etc/nginc/conf.d/
    • And add the following:
            listen 80;
            access_log /var/log/nginx-access.log;
            error_log /var/log/nginx-error.log;
            client_max_body_size 10M;
            client_body_buffer_size 128k;
            root /usr/local/www/fusionpbx;
            location / {
              root /usr/local/www/fusionpbx;
              index index.php;
            location ~ \.php$ {
                fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php-fpm.sock;
                fastcgi_index index.php;
                include fastcgi_params;
                fastcgi_param   SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
            # Disable viewing .htaccess & .htpassword & .db
            location ~ .htaccess {
                    deny all;
            location ~ .htpassword {
                    deny all;
            location ~^.+.(db)$ {
                    deny all;
  • Change the freeswitch config file ownership to the www user:
    chown -R www:www /usr/local/freeswitch/conf
  • Change the fusionpbx files ownership to the www user:
    chown -R www:www /usr/local/www/fusionpbx

Configure PHP

  • Configure the default PHP settings
    cp /usr/local/etc/php.ini-production /usr/local/etc/php.ini
  • Edit the php-fpm config file:
    vi /usr/local/etc/php-fpm.conf
    • Make the following changes:
      listen = /var/run/php-fpm.sock
      listen.owner = www = www
      listen.mode = 0660
  • Start and enable PHP-FPM at boot:
    echo 'php_fpm_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf
    service php-fpm start

Setup Database

NOTE: This guide has an external postgresql server and does not cover setting up the server.

  • Create the database and user:
    su postgres
    createuser -s -e fusionpbxuser
    createdb -O fusionpbxuser fusionpbxdb
    psql -d fusionpbxdb -U fusionpbxuser
    ALTER USER fusionpbxuser with PASSWORD 'SuperSecretPassword';
  • Then open in a web browser and finish the installation; make sure to select the postgresql database adapter.



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