The preferred method of connecting to the FreeSWITCH console is to use 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 in Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, and Windows. What is less well 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, you can do 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 at the FreeSWITCH console, including shutting down the system and disconnecting any calls. Exercise appropriate caution when using
The natural first step in mastering the 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.