The preferred method of connecting to the FreeSWITCH console is by using the
fs_cli program, where
fs_cli stands for FreeSWITCH Command-line Interface. This program comes with FreeSWITCH as part of the default installation, and works with Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, and Windows. What is less known about
fs_cli is that it is an excellent example of an ESL program. Beyond that, anything that you can do with
fs_cli can also be done with ESL and the event socket.
Keep in mind that when you are logged in to
fs_cli, you can do anything that you can do on the FreeSWITCH console, including shutting down the system and disconnecting any calls. So, exercise appropriate caution when using
Naturally, the first step in mastering external control of FreeSWITCH is to become familiar with
fs_cli. Indeed, it is one of the most important tools for interacting with your FreeSWITCH server.