Link: How To Install Openfire On CentOS 7

Openfire is a real time collaboration (RTC) server licensed under the Open Source Apache License. It is also known as Jabber. It uses the only widely adopted open protocol for instant messaging, XMPP. The full name of XMPP is Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol. It is a real-time communication protocol (which includes chat) based on XML. Installation and the management of Openfire is pretty simple.

It should be noted that with Openfire, no chat is possible yet. A client is needed: Openfire cannot be used alone, just like web servers need a browser.

In this tutorial we will see, how to install Openfire in a clean minimal installation of CentOS 7.

Full article here:
How To Install Openfire On CentOS 7 (Unixmen)

Link: Setting up Prosody (XMPP server) on the Raspberry Pi for house/apartment/secret club house-wide chatroom

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Although I only live with 4 others, wife, son & 2 cats, in a small 5 room apartment most evenings we are in different rooms, or in the summer 3 different floors, wearing headphones chilling to our own choices in music & tv. As I think it’s uncouth to yell out of the window or across the apartment to get someone’s attention I setup a Raspberry Pi Model B as an XMPP server running MUC. As it’s only for 3 people, unless we have visitors, I chose to run Prosody, it’s pretty lightweight, easy to setup, the stable version is in the raspbian repos & i’ve used it before. I’ve also used and run ejabberd, openfire, tigase, jabberd,… but IMHO they are heavier on resources and a bit harder to setup, and are overkill for my needs and anyway I like lua.

Full article here:
Setting up Prosody on the Raspberry Pi for house/apartment/secret club house-wide chatroom (Executing Gummiworms)
NOTE: The author appears to have taken down the above article, but there is a cached version at the Wayback Machine.
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Using the prosody xmpp/chat server (Debian Administration)
Installing Prosody XMPP Server on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) (Linode Library)

How it used to be done: How to use Google Voice for free outgoing calls on an Asterisk/FreePBX system (the no-XMPP way)


This article contains text excerpted from a post that originally appeared on a blog called The Michigan Telephone Blog, which was written by a friend before he decided to stop blogging. It is reposted with his permission. Certain edits, including those in the green boxes below, were made on or after December 1, 2013.

EDIT (May 23, 2018): This post is seriously outdated. For more recent information, see How to use Google Voice with FreePBX and Asterisk without using XMPP or buying new hardware. You may also wish to visit this thread at DSLReports for additional information.

It appears that some people are getting upset because Google is dropping the use of its XMPP protocol with Google Hangouts, and there is much speculation that they might drop XMPP support altogether, which could break the method used by PBX software (such as Asterisk, FreeSWITCH, or Yate) and even some hardware to connect to Google Voice.

We would just like to remind everyone that back in the ancient days of Google Voice, Asterisk users had another way to initiate Google Voice calls that did not involve the use of XMPP. While we do not suggest attempting to use this method today, unless absolutely nothing else works, we are reposting a portion of the original instructions here. Again, please note that this method is being reposted as a matter of historical interest only (see this article for more recent recommendations). It is just intended to show that it used to be possible to connect outgoing calls using Google Voice, but without using XMPP.

This method was used by those using Asterisk and FreePBX that wanted to enable free Google Voice outgoing calls. It was assumed that you already had a Google Voice number and has it coming into your system via an Inbound Route (that is, you had it forwarded to a DID that came into your system, that was then handled by an Inbound Route).

Before you began the process, you had to make sure that your Google Voice account was set up correctly.  In your Google Voice account, under the Settings link, Calls tab, you had to make sure the following four options on that page were set up as follows:

Call Screening: Off
Caller ID (in): Display caller’s number (very important!)
Do Not Disturb: Make sure this is unchecked!
Call Options: Make sure this is unchecked!

You also needed to install some Python additions and the pygooglevoice program, assuming you had not done so previously.  Under CentOS you’d do the following from a command prompt:

cd /root
yum -y install python-setuptools
easy_install simplejson

If (and only if) you receive a series of error messages while attempting to install simplejson, it may be because your system is running an older version of Python, such as version 2.4 (if some of the error lines contain the string “python2.4”, this is almost certainly the problem). In that case, you can try this (note that the first line might be split into two lines on your display, but should be entered as a single line):

wget http://pypi.python.org/packages/source/s/simplejson/simplejson-2.0.9.tar.gz#md5=af5e67a39ca3408563411d357e6d5e47
tar xzvf simplejson-2.0.9.tar.gz
cd simplejson-2.0.9
sudo python setup.py install

You’d then download the latest version of pygooglevoice and install it, using a line similar to this (this is all one line):

wget http://code.google.com/p/pygooglevoice/downloads/detail?name=pygooglevoice-0.5.tar.gz

Then you’d extract and install pygooglevoice:

tar zxvf pygooglevoice-0.5
cd pygooglevoice-0.5
python setup.py install

There was also a patch that needed to be installed (again this is all one line):

sed -i 's|https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLoginAuth?service=grandcentral|https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?service=grandcentral\&continue=https://www.google.com/voice|' /usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/googlevoice/settings.py

The above was found in this thread in the PBX in a Flash forum, which explains why the patch was needed.

Then you’d open /etc/asterisk/extensions_custom.conf in a text editor and add two new contexts (assuming you were using Asterisk 1.6 or later):

exten => _X.,1,System(gvoice -e username@gmail.com -p userpassword call ${EXTEN} gvregphonenum code &)
exten => _X.,n,Set(DB(gv_dialout_username/channel)=${CHANNEL})
exten => _X.,n,Wait(20)
exten => _X.,n,Noop(Never received callback from Google Voice on channel ${DB_DELETE(gv_dialout_username/channel)} – exiting)
exten => h,1,GotoIf($[“${CHANNEL(state)}” = “Ring”]?:bridged)
exten => h,n,Noop(Hangup on channel ${DB_DELETE(gv_dialout_username/channel)})
exten => h,n,System(gvoice -e username@gmail.com -p userpassword cancel &)
exten => h,n,Hangup()
exten => h,n(bridged),Noop(The channel has been bridged successfully)

Replacing username with the name of the user associated with the Google Voice account (the name before @gmail.com in the associated Gmail account), userpassword with the password of the Google Voice account, gvregphonenumber with the registered phone number in Google Voice that you want to forward calls to (this had to be a number that came into your Asterisk/FreePBX box, and that you had already registered it as a destination in Google Voice, NOT your Google Voice number.  And sometimes you had to use just ten digits, other times you had to add the “1” at the start of the number, and that could vary from account to account so you just had to try and see which worked), and code with a single digit that was one of the following:  1-Home, 2-Mobile, or 3-Work (you’d just use the single digit, not the word, and when you registered the destination phone number with Google Voice you had to tell them if the number was a Home, Work, or Mobile, so the code would correspond to what you’d put there. Some people found that they could omit the code and it would still work, but that wasn’t always true).

In the System() calls it was important not to omit the space and ampersand just before the final parenthesis — this allowed the dial plan to move ahead rather than imposing extra and unnecessary delays on the caller.

One strange thing about this context was that the Noop line was NOT optional – things just didn’t work as expected if it was left out or commented out.

On one Asterisk 1.8 system, the following changes were necessary:

  1. The first instance of System(gvoice -e … had to be changed to System(sudo gvoice -e … (adding sudo before gvoice)
  2. In the file /etc/sudoers the following line had to be added: asterisk ALL = NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/gvoice
  3. The hangup portion of the context (everything below the first Noop statement) did not work as intended, and actually cancelled the Google Voice callback!. So it was changed to simply:

exten => h,1,Hangup

As you will see, the line that cancels an abandoned call was added to the second context. The first two changes were necessary because without them, Asterisk could not successfully execute the gvoice program, despite the fact that permissions were set to make it readable and executable by everyone.

The second context that had to be added in /etc/asterisk/extensions_custom.conf was this one:

exten => s,1,NoCDR()
exten => s,n,Bridge(${DB_DELETE(gv_dialout_username/channel)})

On one Asterisk 1.8 system it was found necessary to change the above context to read as follows:

exten => s,1,NoCDR()
exten => s,n,GotoIf($[${ISNULL(${DB(gv_dialout_username/channel)})}]?ext-did-0002,gvregphonenum,1)
exten => s,n,Bridge(${DB_DELETE(gv_dialout_username/channel)})
exten => s,n,System(sudo gvoice -e username@gmail.com -p userpassword cancel &)
exten => s,n,Hangup()

The purpose of the line that begins with exten => s,n,GotoIf… is to correctly route the incoming call in case you initiated a callback from the Google Voice web page. The string gvregphonenum is replaced by the registered phone number in Google Voice that you are forwarding calls to, which should also be the same as the DID in your Inbound Route for Google Voice calls – this is NOT your Google Voice number! This line is optional, and note that it sends calls to the context ext-did-0002 in extensions_additional.conf, which could possibly be different in differently-configured versions or future versions of FreePBX. If it doesn’t work for you, you can leave the entire line out, but you won’t be able to initiate callbacks from your Google Voice page.

The purpose of the line that begins with exten => s,n,System… is to cancel the call in case the caller has hung up before the callback from Google Voice is received. If the call is not cancelled, weird stuff happens! You can omit the “sudo” if you did not find it necessary to add it above.

Again replacing all instances of username and userpassword with the name and password of the user associated with the Google Voice account. After saving those changes you would then go into the FreePBX GUI, go to the Tools menu, Custom Destinations module, and create a new Custom Destination. In the Custom Destination: text box you’d enter this string:


In the Description: field, you could use a meaningful description such as Google Voice Bridge username and then click on “Submit Changes.” After saving that you’d go into Trunk settings and create a new CUSTOM trunk with these settings:

Maximum Channels: set to 1
Dial Rules: Use what you like, it’s suggested that you at least add 1+NXXNXXXXXX but if your area allows seven digit dialing, you may also want to add one like 1areacode+NXXXXXX where areacode is replaced with your local three digit area code.
Custom Dial String: Set to Local/$OUTNUM$@custom-gv-trunk-username — once again, replace username with the name of the user associated with the Google Voice account.

Once you had created and saved this trunk, it could be used as a trunk selection for any USA/Canada Outbound Route.

One assumption was that you had already set up Google Voice to send incoming calls to your Asterisk system via a DID that did not change the incoming Caller ID number. Normally this would be accomplished by getting a DID from some provider (either a free one or one you paid for — it didn’t matter as long as they would pass incoming Caller ID number correctly). Once that was working, you’d create a second inbound route for that same DID, without changing the original in any way — this would be a new Incoming Route, which would be set it up as follows:

Description: Anything meaningful, such as Username Google Voice”.

DID Number: Same as on your other Inbound Route that handles your Google Voice traffic.

Caller ID number: This had to be be your Google Voice number (the one associated with your Google Voice account), but depending on how your DID provider sent Caller ID, you might have to specify it as either a ten or eleven digit Caller ID, or even +1 followed by ten digits.  Whatever format your DID provider used, you had to match their format, which sometimes meant watching the Asterisk CLI during a test call to see what format they used. If it didn’t match what they sent, it wouldn’t work.

Destination: the Custom Destination created above (e.g. Custom Destinations: Google Voice Bridge username).

No other settings of the Inbound Route were changed and in particular, you were advised not to set a CID Lookup Source because it would cause an unwanted delay in connection time and was totally useless in this route, and there’s no reason to do so since this route is only triggered when a single Caller ID comes in).

Once you had submitted these changes, you should have been able to add your Google Voice custom trunk as a trunk selection for one or more of your USA/Canada Outbound Routes.

If it didn’t work it was generally one of three things. Either the Custom Trunk hadn’t been specified as a destination in the appropriate Outbound Route, or the incoming Caller ID of the Google Voice call didn’t exactly match what you set up in the Inbound Route you created, or you got something wrong in extensions_custom.conf such as the username or password (or you missed a place where you were supposed to change one of those items).

For test purposes, you could go to a Linux command prompt (not a CLI prompt in Asterisk!) and try entering a gvoice command directly, using this format (note this is all one line):

gvoice -e username@gmail.com -p userpassword call numbertocall gvregphonenum code

All of those values are as explained earlier, except for numbertocall, which had to be a USA or Canada phone number in 11 digit format.  Yes, the number to call had to be in 11 digit format (with the leading “1”) whereas the gvregphonenum might (or might not) need to be TEN digits (no leading “1”) – go figure.  If it worked from the command line then you needed to double check your values in extensions_custom.conf.  If it did not work from the command line, then either there was something wrong with your pygooglevoice installation, or with Python on your system (you had to have at least Python version 2.4 or higher), or you could have been using incorrect values (EDIT: Or, on some systems, it might be necessary to execute the gvoice command using sudo from within Asterisk, as described above).  And, some people got confused over the fact that that the “gvregphonenum” value was NOT supposed to be their Google Voice number, but instead the number to which Google Voice forwarded their calls, and it had to be a number that had been previously registered as a destination with Google Voice.

That’s the basics of how it was done. Note this is not intended to be a guide as to how to set this up now, since many things have changed since then. Just because this method worked back then does not mean it will still work today, and it’s definitely slower in the setup of calls than more recent methods. However, it is worth noting that at no point was the XMPP protocol used. It’s also worth mentioning that there are other programs that can interact with Google Voice besides PyGoogleVoice (see for example Google-Voice-PHP-API, google-voice-java, SharpGoogleVoice, voice.js, etc.) that may or may not be more suitable for use in this type of application.

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