Asterisk 1.8, now in Beta

By Malcolm Davenport


Digium is pleased to announce the beta availability of Asterisk 1.8. Asterisk 1.8, the next major release of Asterisk, is a Long-Term Support (LTS) release and will be fully supported for 4 years, with an additional year of security-only fixes. For more information about support timelines for Asterisk releases, see the Asterisk versions page:

A short list of new features that are a part of Asterisk 1.8 includes:

  • Secure RTP (SRTP)
  • IPv6 Support for SIP
  • Connected Party Identification Support
  • Calendaring Integration for CalDAV, iCal, Exchange or EWS calendars
  • A new call logging system, Channel Event Logging (CEL)
  • Distributed Device State, including Message Waiting Indicator using Jabber/XMPP PubSub
  • Call Completion Supplementary Services (CCSS) Support, including Call Completion on Busy Subscriber (CCBS) and Call Completion on No Response (CCNR)
  • Advice of Charge, including AOC-S, AOC-D, and AOC-E Support
  • and much, much more!

A full list of new features can be found in the CHANGES file.

How can you help?

By testing, testing and more testing! We need your help finding bugs so that 1.8 is the best release possible. To help, download the beta.

Build and install it, and test, test, test!

Report all issues to our issue tracker:

Thank you for your assistance and for your continued support of Asterisk!

To Learn more about all things Asterisk, visit our website!

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There Are 9 Comments

  • sles says:

    As I see there is still no support for T38-T30 gateway.
    This makes asterisk useless, so I’ll still buy addpac and cisco…

  • jtodd says:

    sles – There has been quite a bit of work towards this, and I’ll have one of the developers chime in here. However, as always, Asterisk is a community-driven project. If you are interested in contributing code to make the features you want then everybody wins. If you find the feature worthwhile but don’t have time to code it yourself, perhaps you might consider hiring a contract developer to work on the feature and contribute it back to the project.

  • #kpfleming says:

    We’re still working on this feature, and there’s some hope it might still be available in Asterisk 1.8, but it will require testing from community members. Community members can help *now* by testing the transparent gateway patch that already exists in the issue tracker and ensuring that the gateway functionality using spandsp works properly in as many environments as possible. The patches can be found in issue 13405 at

  • Who Carez says:

    Is there a .deb built for Ubuntu 10.04? I wouldn’t mind testing it as long as I can get my hands on the .deb for the latest Ubuntu.

  • Howdy,

    We’re not providing debs or packages of the beta; we’re only providing source, from which you can build binaries.

    We maintain packages for various distributions, Ubuntu isn’t one of them, at:


  • Abba says:

    is there anything new regarding video in 1.8?

  • Abba says:

    also where can I find a complete list of features for 1.8?
    as a suggestion, it would be nice to link each festure in feature-list to its discription page.


  • Howdy,

    Nothing new regarding video in 1.8.

    Per the blog post, the full list of new items is contained here:

  • Hi,

    When trying to view the CHANGES file, I have to drop the “?view=checkout” portion otherwise I get a 400 error back from the webserver.


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