FreePBX Distro

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FreePBX Distro
FreePBX Distro
Developer(s) Schmooze Com Inc
Stable release 5.211.65-8 (Stable) with your choice of Asterisk 1.8 or Asterisk 11, based on FreePBX 2.11, DAHDI 2.8 and Schmooze Linux 6.5 (required to deploy FreePBX High Availability (HA)in High Availability scenarios) / 12 December 2013; 22 months ago (2013-12-12) [1]
Development status Active
Operating system GNU/Linux
Available in English, Bulgarian Chinese German French Hebrew Hungarian Italian Portuguese Portuguese (Brazil) Russian Swedish Spanish
Type Voice over IP softswitch
License GPL

The FreePBX Distro is an open source unified communications software system that consists of a graphical user interface (GUI) for configuring, controlling, and managing Asterisk PBX software. The FreePBX Distro includes packages that offer VoIP, PBX, Fax, voice-mail and email functions. FreePBX is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

The FreePBX Distro Linux distribution is based on CentOS, which maintains binary compatibility with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. FreePBX has contributed to the popularity of Asterisk.[2]


The Official FreePBX Distro is installed from a CD-ROM image available by web download, that includes the system CentOS, Asterisk, FreePBX GUI and assorted dependencies.[3]

Support for telephony hardware[edit]

The FreePBX Distro has built in support for cards from multiple vendors, including Digium, OpenVox, Alto, Rhino Equipment, Xorcom and Sangoma.[4][5]

The FreePBX Distro supports a large number of phone models via open-source modules.[5][6]


FreePBX made its debut in 2004 as the AMP project (Asterisk Management Portal). The FreePBX Distro was released in 2011 as an All-In-One solution for building a PBX using Asterisk, CentOS and FreePBX.[7][8][9]

FreePBX has over 1 million active production PBXs and over 20,000 new systems added each month.[10] Supported PBX phone manufacturers include Aastra Technologies, Algo, AND, Audiocodes, Cisco Systems, Cyberdata, Digium, Grandstream, Mitel, Panasonic, Polycom, Sangoma, Snom, Xorcom and Yealink.[11]

The core telephony engine is Asterisk (PBX), as configured by the Open Source FreePBX GUI .[12]

The version numbering system summarizes the versions of core components of the FreePBX Distro. As an example, the FreePBX Distro 2.210.62-1 version string has the following components. The first number (2) represents the major track number. This second number (210) refers to FreePBX 2.10 GUI. The third number (62) refers to CentOS 6.2, and the final number (1) is used as the minor release revision of this major track number.

As of March 2014 the latest stable release is FreePBX Distro Stable-5.211.65-8[13] based on these main components:[14]

  • FreePBX 2.11
  • CentOS 6.5
  • Asterisk 1.8.x or Asterisk 10.x or Asterisk 11.x

Shell update scripts for each major release track are available on[15]

Legal issues[edit]

Schmooze Com, Inc., along with Apple, Callware, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, and Digium, was sued in 2011 by Klausner Technologies, Inc. for patent infringement issues related to Visual Voicemail.[16]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Web Interface; O'Reilly
  3. ^ Video 7511;
  4. ^ beta 2 announcement; December 12, 2012 article; FreePBX; retrieved December 2012
  5. ^ a b The 159
  6. ^ GitHub
  7. ^ Video 5733;
  8. ^ FreePBX to Release Their Own Distro; March 28, 2011 article; WordPress; retrieved
  9. ^ FreePBX;
  10. ^ Telephony features...;
  11. ^ PR Web
  12. ^ Good News...;
  13. ^ [1];
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ Updating FreePBX, wiki page
  16. ^ Klausner -vs.- Schmooze; Prior Smart online

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