How to Setup FreePBX on Azure/AWS/GCP (Hosting)

FreePBX is a web-based open source GUI (graphical user interface) that controls and manages Asterisk (PBX), an open source communication server. FreePBX is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), an open source license. This solution is a pre-configured self hosted FreePBX Distro that includes the system OS (Ubuntu), Asterisk, FreePBX GUI and assorted dependencies.  Deploy and install FreePBX the VOIP server straight into your cloud environment from the links below.

Setup FreePBX on Azure


Deploy FreePBX on Ubuntu in Azure

install Freepbx on Azure

Setup FreePBX on AWS


Deploy FreePBX on Ubuntu in AWS

aws freepbx

Setup FreePBX on GCP


Deploy FreePBX on Ubuntu in GCP

Freepbx on GCP

Getting Started with FreePBX Hosting


Once your FreePBX server has been deployed, the following links explain how to connect to a Linux VM:



Once connected and logged in, the following section explains how to configure FreePBX to get you up and running.

Setup FreePBX


To get started we need to make the following configuration changes. All commands need to be run as root. Run the following command to switch to the root user:


sudo -i


Copy and paste the following into your terminal and hit enter:


cat <<EOF > /etc/odbcinst.ini
Description = ODBC for MySQL (MariaDB)
Driver = /usr/local/lib/
FileUsage = 1


Then copy and paste the following into your terminal and hit enter:


cat <<EOF > /etc/odbc.ini
Description = MySQL connection to ‘asteriskcdrdb’ database
Driver = MySQL
Server = localhost
Database = asteriskcdrdb
Port = 3306
Socket = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock


Then run the following commands to start the setup:


cd /usr/src



tar vxfz freepbx-15.0-latest.tgz

rm -f freepbx-15.0-latest.tgz

touch /etc/asterisk/{modules,cdr}.conf

cd freepbx

./start_asterisk start

./install -n


You should see the following message, if it has been successful:

FreePBX Install


Next we need to install Postfix, so we can configure your email alerts:


apt-get install postfix


Instructions on configuring SMTP alerts take a look at the following guide:


Access the GUI


Once the above has been configured, you are now ready to login.  Get the IP address of your VM and paste into your browser and you should see the following. Setup a new admin account to login:

FreePBX Login

Once you have logged in, perform the following steps:


  • Click Apply Config on the top right corner when completed loading.
  • Goto Admin manu click Module Admin.
  • Click Check online.
  • Click Download all.
  • Click Process.
  • Goto bottom click Confirm. Now you see all package start download and install.
  • Click Return.
  • Finally click Apply Config on the top right corner.


Now enjoy your FreePBX server. 


FreePBX Ports


You will need to make sure that if you have any firewalls in your environment (security groups) that the required ports are open. For a full list check the following link:


To setup AWS firewall rules refer to – AWS Security Groups

To setup Azure firewall rules refer to – Azure Network Security Groups

To setup Google GCP firewall rules refer to – Creating GCP Firewalls


Documentation / Support


For documentation on how to start using FreePBX, take a look at their official documentation:


Disclaimer: This solution is built using FreePBX. FreePBX is a registered trademark of Sangoma Technologies Inc and is licensed under the GPL. No warrantee of any kind, express or implied, is included with this software. Use at your risk, responsibility for damages (if any) to anyone resulting from the use of this software rest entirely with the user. The author is not responsible for any damage that its use could cause.

FreePBX Support


For any support or issues you are experiencing have a look at FreePBX support forum:



Q) I’m trying to get your Azure Freepbx VM to work. It seems fine until you stop the vm and restart and then Freepbx reports it can’t connect to asterisk


A) Sounds like you just need to start asterisk. If you login via your ssh terminal and run the following commands:


cd /usr/src


cd freepbx


./start_asterisk start

Andrew Fitzgerald

Cloud Solution Architect. Helping customers transform their business to the cloud. 20 years experience working in complex infrastructure environments and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert on everything Cloud

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