This is the home page of the sections that describe installing and performing basic testing of FreeSWITCH™ and its prerequisites on OS X.
Who Is This For?
This document is for people not familiar with Unix commands and directories. The detailed explanations insinuate a long procedure, don't let that deter you, it takes about two hours to have the sample FreeSWITCH™ configuration running on OS X, not including backups.
What You Should Already Know
You must know your way around the OS X Finder, Dock and Textedit. You should also be familiar with the standard OS X folders (directories) such as Applications, Utilities, Downloads, Users, etc.
New To You
A new folder (directory) called /usr/local, it's part of the UNIX standard directories. We'll use a few Unix commands such as: cd, mkdir, ls, cp, mv,chmod, chown, and sudo. You don't need to learn about them unless you change the steps or directories used in this document.
Check for Updated OS X systems
Upgraded OS X or Xcode ?
All testing for these instructions was performed on a clean/non-upgraded OS X and Xcode system, without issues. Most upgraded OS X or Xcode systems will work depending on the level of the oldest software. Some upgraded systems had problems due to old files left in different directories.
If there are problems installing prerequisites check if the OS X release was upgraded, for instance from 10.7 or 10.8 to a newer system. The older the original system the more likely problems will occur.
Also check if Xcode was upgraded, for instance from Xcode 4 or 5 to a newer Xcode. The older the original Xcode the more likely problems will occur.
In some cases older upgraded systems had issues due to old parts of a prior OS X or Xcode still intact. In these cases a fresh OS X and Xcode install may required.
Prerequisites Previously Installed Differently?
The OS X FreeSWITCH™ Installer
If the OS X system is 10.9 or later, consider using the OS X FreeSWITCH™ Installer. It automates most of the steps in the release instructions below and saves a lot of time! Check it out at Installation on OS X using AppleScript.
Select OS X Release
To manually install FreeSWITCH™ on OS X, click a link below to view instructions. The pages link back here to continue.
FreeSWITCH™ OS X Release Status
Installation is Complete
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Startup From the Command Line
The time has come to start FreeSWITCH™ in a Terminal window:
There are many startup messages ending with some text boxes containing the names of the developers.
Test the FreeSWITCH™ Command Prompt
After all startup messages are displayed a command prompt appears, messages may continue as the prompt remains. Try a few FreeSWITCH™ commands:
If the commands return responses FreeSWITCH™ is working and you can continue with the next step.
Test A Phone
Test using a physical SIP phone or soft phone such as Bria, or search the OS X App Store for "SIP" for a free download of Telephone. Setup the phone using the IP address of the Mac FreeSWITCH™ is running on. The port is 5060, user IDs 1000-1019 with a password of 1234 are pre-configured. Additional information is at Test Calls. Test as many functions as you can to experience the potential of FreeSWITCH™.
Issue the following command in the FreeSWITCH™ Terminal window: