This page describes the FreeSWITCH™ installation FreeSWITCH™ installation methods available for the macOS 10.13, 10.12, OS X 10.11, and 10.10. releases below. It is part of the FreeSWITCH™ macOS documentation.
Weekly testing of the FreeSwitch Master Development version is
suspended due to build errors since August 1 2021.
macOS testing was performed only on Intel Macs, M1 Arm testing may begin if macOS building resumes.
All macOS versions are installed into new volumes with the latest Apple Command Line Tools. Upgraded systems are never used.
This procedure installs a significant amount of software, almost all of it can be removed easily. However, some of the Apple Command Line Tools, part of Xcode may remain. There is no problem leaving these small parts installed, but to restore to a point where nothing was installed a backup is required before starting this procedure.
History for older releases is at the macOS Archive.
This is the easiest method to install FreeSWITCH™ and is a good way to get the feel of FreeSWITCH with the least time and effort. The disadvantages are that it can only install the current production version and is very limited because additional modules cannot be easily built if they are not part of the default set.
To perform a Homebrew installation use the macOS Homebrew Installation instructions.
Until further notice, this is the ONLY WAY to install FreeSWITCH on macOS. See Status above.
macOS FreeSWITCH™ Installer (macFI)
The macOS FreeSWITCH™ Installer is the recommended method because it automates all of the manual steps, providing much simpler and faster installation. Other advantages include renaming existing FreeSWITCH™ directories before installation, and creating installation logs. The macFI information and download is located at macOS macFI Installation.
A manual installation requires downloading and installing Xcode. Then using use of the Terminal application to enter commands to setup directories, install prerequisites and FreeSWITCH™.
To perform a manual installation use the macOS Manual Installation instructions,