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SIPp - a SIP protocol test tool Copyright (C) 2003-2020 - The Authors

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see


See the docs/ directory. It should also be available in html format at:

Build a local copy using: sphinx-build docs _build


This is the SIPp package. Please refer to the webpage for details and documentation.

Normally, you should be able to build SIPp by using CMake:

cmake .

The SIPp master branch (3.7.x) requires a modern C++11 compiler.

There are several optional flags to enable features (SIP-over-TLS, SIP-over-SCTP, media playback from PCAP files and the GNU Scientific Libraries for random distributions):


Static builds

SIPp can be built into a single static binary, removing the need for libraries to exist on the target system and maximising portability.

This is a fairly complicated process, and for now, it only works on Alpine Linux.

To build a static binary, pass -DBUILD_STATIC=1 to cmake.

Two Alpine-based Dockerfiles are provided, which can be used as a build-environment. Use either Dockerfile or Dockerfile.full in the following commands:

git submodule update --init
docker build -t sipp -f docker/Dockerfile --output=. --target=bin .


I try and be responsive to issues raised on Github, and there's a reasonably active mailing list.

Making a release

  • Update Tag release. Do a build.
  • Make sipp.1 by calling:
    help2man --output=sipp.1 -v -v --no-info \
      --name='SIP testing tool and traffic generator' ./sipp
  • Then:
    mkdir sipp-$VERSION
    git ls-files -z | tar -c --null \
       --exclude=gmock --exclude=gtest --files-from=- | tar -xC sipp-$VERSION
    cp sipp.1 sipp-$VERSION/
    # check version, and do
    cp ${PROJECT_BINARY_DIR:-.}/version.h sipp-$VERSION/include/
    tar --sort=name --mtime="@$(git log -1 --format=%ct)" \
          --owner=0 --group=0 --numeric-owner \
          -czf sipp-$VERSION.tar.gz sipp-$VERSION
  • Upload to github as "binary". Note that github replaces tilde sign (for ~rcX) with a period.
  • Create a static binary and upload this to github as well:
    docker build -t sipp -f docker/Dockerfile --output=. --target=bin .
  • Note that the static build is broken at the moment. See ldd sipp.


SIPp is free software, under the terms of the GPL licence (see the LICENCE.txt file for details). You can contribute to the development of SIPp and use the standard Github fork/pull request method to integrate your changes integrate your changes. If you make changes in SIPp, PLEASE follow a few coding rules:

  • Please stay conformant with the current indentation style (4 spaces indent, standard Emacs-like indentation). Examples:

    if (condition) {        /* "{" even if only one instruction */
        f();                /* 4 space indents */
    } else {
        char* p = ptr;      /* C++-style pointer declaration placement */
  • If possible, check that your changes can be compiled on:

    • Linux,
    • Cygwin,
    • Mac OS X,
    • FreeBSD.


Rob Day