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Install FreePBX 15 with Asterisk 16 on Debian 10

Install Asterisk 16

Step 1: Update system
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
sudo reboot
Step 2: Install Asterisk 16 LTS dependencies
sudo apt install git curl wget libnewt-dev libssl-dev libncurses5-dev subversion libsqlite3-dev build-essential libjansson-dev libxml2-dev uuid-dev
Step 3: Download Asterisk 16 LTS tarball
cd /usr/src/
sudo curl -O

sudo tar xvf asterisk-16-current.tar.gz
cd asterisk-16*/

# download the mp3 decoder library into the source tree
sudo contrib/scripts/

# Ensure all dependencies are resolved
sudo contrib/scripts/install_prereq install
Step 4: Build and Install Asterisk 16
sudo ./configure
sudo make menuselect
  • Add-ons: chan_ooh323, format_mp3
  • Core Sound Packages: CORE-SOUNDS-EN-*
  • Music On Hold File Packages: MOH-OPSOUND-* 
  • Extra Sound Packages: EXTRA-SOUNDS-EN-*
  • Applications: app_macro
sudo make
sudo make install
sudo make progdocs
sudo make samples
sudo make config
sudo ldconfig

Create Asterisk User

sudo groupadd asterisk
sudo useradd -r -d /var/lib/asterisk -g asterisk asterisk
sudo usermod -aG audio,dialout asterisk
sudo chown -R asterisk.asterisk /etc/asterisk
sudo chown -R asterisk.asterisk /var/{lib,log,spool}/asterisk
sudo chown -R asterisk.asterisk /usr/lib/asterisk

Set Asterisk default user to asterisk

$ sudo vim /etc/default/asterisk

$ sudo vim /etc/asterisk/asterisk.conf
runuser = asterisk ; The user to run as.
rungroup = asterisk ; The group to run as.

Restart asterisk service

sudo systemctl restart asterisk

# Enable asterisk service to start on system boot
sudo systemctl enable asterisk

# Test to see if you can connect to Asterisk CLI
sudo asterisk -rvv

Install FreePBX 15

Step 1:  Install MariaDB Database server
sudo apt update
sudo apt install mariadb-server mariadb-client

# Initial DB setup and set root's password for DB
sudo /usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation
Step 2: Installing Node.js 10 LTS
sudo apt install curl dirmngr apt-transport-https lsb-release ca-certificates
curl -sL | sudo bash
sudo apt update
sudo apt install gcc g++ make
sudo apt install nodejs
Step 3: Install and configure Apache Web Server
sudo apt install apache2

# change Apache user to asterisk and turn on AllowOverride option
sudo cp /etc/apache2/apache2.conf /etc/apache2/apache2.conf_orig
sudo sed -i 's/^\(User\|Group\).*/\1 asterisk/' /etc/apache2/apache2.conf
sudo sed -i 's/AllowOverride None/AllowOverride All/' /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

# Remove default index.html page
sudo rm -f /var/www/html/index.html
Step 4: Install PHP and required extensions
sudo apt install wget php php-pear php-cgi php-common php-curl php-mbstring php-gd php-mysql \
php-gettext php-bcmath php-zip php-xml php-imap php-json php-snmp php-fpm libapache2-mod-php

Change php maximum file upload size

sudo sed -i 's/\(^upload_max_filesize = \).*/\120M/' /etc/php/7.3/apache2/php.ini
sudo sed -i 's/\(^upload_max_filesize = \).*/\120M/' /etc/php/7.3/cli/php.ini
Step 5: Install FreePBX 15
sudo apt install wget
cd /usr/src

tar xfz freepbx-15.0-latest.tgz
rm -f freepbx-15.0-latest.tgz

cd freepbx
sudo ./start_asterisk start
sudo ./install -n --dbuser root --dbpass "yourpassword"

# Enable Apache Rewrite engine 
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2
Step 6: Access FreePBX 15 Web Interface

Create the first admin account.

Q & A

Q: Online modules are not available.


Warning: Error retrieving updates from online repository(s) ( 35). Online modules are not available.

A: Change the DNS to

vi /etc/resolv.conf