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Frequently Asked Questions


Kamailio is a SIP server, implementing the specifications from RFC3261. Its root functionality is routing any kind of SIP packets. On top of that, many conceptual features are implemented, see more at:

No, Kamailio is a flexible SIP proxy. Many people integrate Asterisk, FreeSWITCH, SEMS, or other products with Kamailio for a B2BUA.

At network layer, Kamailio supports both IPv4 and IPv6.

At transport layer, Kamailio support UDP, TCP, TLS and SCTP. Transmission can be done in asynchronous mode (configuration option), inclusive for TCP and TLS.

Kamailio can be used to bridge between any combinations of these protocols, e.g., receiving SIP packets on UDP over IPv4 and sending out on TLS over IPv6.

No, you must restart after you update the configuration file.

But note that many global parameters can be changed via RPC/MI commands without restart (e.g., TCP connecting timeout, debug level). Applying changes related to loaded modules or routing block require always a restart.

Kamailio is an open source application licensed under GNU Public License version 2 (aka GPLv2). It can be used for free “as in beer”.

Starting with end of 2008, contributions to core and several modules are done under BSD license. That means parts of it can be extracted and used under BSD license terms. But over all, when used as one application, the use must follow the terms of GPLv2, because GPLv2 is viral.

Yes, there are few of them, each addressing a particular category of topics, see the list at:


A module is an extension that compiles in a separate object file and can be loaded at Kamailio startup. Usually a module exports new functions that can be used in configuration file routing blocks.

Inside the source tree, there are three directories:

  • modules/
  • modules_k/
  • modules_s/

Each module is located in its own sub-folder. The documentation for modules that are bundled in Kamailio packages is available at:

The modules that have the same dependencies as the core of Kamailio. Those that are not compiled by default are kept in the variable 'exclude_modules' of Makefile.

Add it to the variable 'include_modules' to the command 'make cfg'. For example, compiling and installing the modules app_lua and db_mysql:

make FLAVOUR=kamailio include_modules="app_lua db_mysql" cfg
make all
make install

Media Streams

No, however Kamailio can be configured to proxy media if needed.

Kamailio supports all codecs (even codecs that haven't been created yet).

Since Kamailio is a SIP proxy, it does not handle the media streams. Codecs are negotiated between the two endpoints.

Yes, Kamailio can be used for video calls. The two SIP phones must support video codecs/calling.

Getting Started

To be familiar with Linux and understand Session Initiation Protocol (SIP - RFC3261).

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