FreePBX 14 Distro Install - Asterisk 13/14/15?

I’ve been configuring our new FreePBX server since November. Our go-live date is now 2/21. I spoke with a Sangoma rep today, and I realized that the distro I installed was not the best choice. I used the AsteriskNOW distro…which is a little behind. So our “new” server is running:

PBX Firmware: 10.13.66-22
PBX Service Pack:
OS: SMHZ release 6.6 (Final)

It seems like it will be best for the long-run to get on the official FreePBX distro. Since I still have some time before our go-live date, I want to do a fresh install of the FreePBX distro ( and configure it from scratch now that I have the hang of it.

I wanted to get community advice on which Asterisk version I should go with to make sure I get it all right this time. I want to be on solid ground now but have the best chance for a smooth upgrade down the road, too. Here’s what I see on the install screen:


I did a little research on the Asterisk website, but nothing major jumped out at me. My main concern is any potential issues I might have with devices & trunks connecting to Asterisk. I did have some difficulty with that on our current version, but I have just about worked all the kinks out now. We’re using res_pjsip for trunks & all devices/softphone extensions, except for our Cisco 7960 phones, which only work with a chan_sip extension. Our SIP trunk is with CenturyLink (previously Level3) and does not require registration/authentication.

Any input would be most appreciated!

Start with 13. It’s trivial to change asterisk versions whenever you want:

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Ah, thanks! That makes it very easy :slight_smile:

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Why would you not just start with Asterisk 15? Just curiious

I assume that anyone who has to ask is probably somewhat new to the Asterisk/FreePBX ecosystem and would therefore be best served by the most mature version that is still in active development. Obviously there is no single correct answer.

Well said. Thanks

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