The purpose of this post is to get Asterisk users up and running with the Asterisk 12 ARI with Python as quickly as possible. I’m assuming:
- You know what the ARI is
- You know at least the basics of using Asterisk
- You have Asterisk 12 installed
- You have Python with pip installed (preferably inside a virtualenv)
I followed this other tutorial closely, particularly the implementation of the websocket stuff:
For more info refer to the Official ARI Page
Note that I’m implementing my own interface for the REST calls, since it’s a simple example. For a full blown application you’ll probably want to use something like python-ari
Set up Asterisk
Enable HTTP server
Asterisk’s HTTP server is disabled by default. Open http.conf and make sure the following are uncommented.
Enable and set up ARI
Open ari.conf and uncomment:
And add the following to the end of the file:
[hey] type=user password=peekaboo
Create an extension
We need an entry point for Asterisk to pass control into our ARI app. Just set up an extension that opens the Statis app as shown below. I’m using extension 100 in the example extensions.conf:
[default] exten => 100,1,Noop() same => n,Stasis(hello,world) ; hello is the name of the application ; world is its argument list same => n,Hangup()
Get the Code
Either clone my repo at https://github.com/anderspitman/ari-quickstart or just copy and paste the script from below.
You’ll need to install requests and websocket-client. If you cloned the repo just do:
pip install -r requirements.txt
Otherwise install them manually:
pip install requests websocket-client
#!/usr/bin/env python import json import sys import websocket import threading import Queue import requests class ARIInterface(object): def __init__(self, server_addr, username, password): self._req_base = "http://%s:8088/ari/" % server_addr self._username = username self._password = password def answer_call(self, channel_id): req_str = self._req_base+"channels/%s/answer" % channel_id self._send_post_request(req_str) def play_sound(self, channel_id, sound_name): req_str = self._req_base+("channels/%s/play?media=sound:%s" % (channel_id, sound_name)) self._send_post_request(req_str) def _send_post_request(self, req_str): r = requests.post(req_str, auth=(self._username, self._password)) class ARIApp(object): def __init__(self, server_addr): app_name = 'hello' username = 'hey' password = 'peekaboo' url = "ws://%s:8088/ari/events?app=%s&api_key=%s:%s" % (server_addr, app_name, username, password) ari = ARIInterface(server_addr, username, password) ws = websocket.create_connection(url) try: for event_str in iter(lambda: ws.recv(), None): event_json = json.loads(event_str) json.dump(event_json, sys.stdout, indent=2, sort_keys=True, separators=(',', ': ')) print("\n\nWebsocket event***************************************************\n") if event_json['type'] == 'StasisStart': ari.answer_call(event_json['channel']['id']) ari.play_sound(event_json['channel']['id'], 'tt-monkeys') except websocket.WebSocketConnectionClosedException: print("Websocket connection closed") except KeyboardInterrupt: print("Keyboard interrupt") finally: if ws: ws.close() if __name__ == "__main__": app = ARIApp('localhost')
Try it Out
Start/Restart Asterisk and once it’s up run the script:
If it doesn’t throw any exceptions it should be connected and listening for ARI events. Dial the Statis extension (100 in my case) and you should hear monkeys.
The script should be easy to modify to add more functionality. It’s a good starting point for creating more full featured apps. The biggest thing to worry about is that there’s a good chance you won’t want your app blocking on the websocket receive calls. A simple solution is to handle events in a separate thread and use a Python queue to pass the received messages in.