DEPRECATED: Asterisk cookbook for Chef, with Google Voice support
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Heads up: I no longer maintain this as of 2012 - more updates on my site.

The 'asterisk' cookbook in the Opscode community site is now supported by these folks:


Installs Asterisk 1.8 on Debian/Ubuntu and configures it to accept incoming and outgoing calls for a single Google Voice number.



  • Add documentation and a check to make sure we're in Ubuntu/Debian


  • Initial version, tested on Ubuntu only



  • Ubuntu and Debian, 64 bit (amd64/x86_64)

Other platforms can be used but you'll need to modify the default recipe.


There are a number of attributes defined in the cookbook, but the defaults are pretty sane. You probably don't need to change any of them to get a working setup.

However, you'll need to configure two data bags. The asterisk data bag should contain your desired Asterisk accounts (I've only tested it with one) defined like this:

id:         <your desired username>
data_bag:   asterisk
extension:  <the extension # for your PBX line, I just use 101>
full_name:  <full display name>
password:   <your desired password>
username:   <your desired username>

Your Google account should be configured in a more general auth data bag. I keep this separate from the Asterisk config because it's also used by other cookbooks in my system. My auth data bag is where I keep credentials info for all third-party accounts. The auth data bag must contian a google object like this:

id:        google
username:  <your Google username>
password:  <your Google password>


Include the asterisk default recipe in a role run list.

name "role_for_asterisk"

Once Asterisk is installed, you should be able to open any SIP client (like Ekiga in Ubuntu) and connect to it using the account you set up in the asterisk data bag.

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