I have a couple of questions about CEL – primarily because it is taking up 4x disk space as compared to CDR.

  1. If I don’t need billing-related reports, what use case do I have for CEL over CDR?
  2. I saw an old post of 2016 where @tm1000 mentioned that CDR will be deprecated How to deactivate cel Its 5 years since & I see CDR alive and kicking.
  3. What may be the drawbacks of disabling CEL on my FreePBX distro?


If you don’t use it, you don’t need it, that goes for both the cdr and cel tables. Feel free to disable either or both. It will have no effect on your PBX.


And if you think you may want to keep it but reduce size, backup the database and then truncate or delete the data.

Reply was based on default asterisk behaviour, which appears not to be the case here.

They are both database tables.

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