Naval Pilgrim's Mayflower


    7.9.0 • Public • Published

    A Promise-friendly, middleware-based framework for FreeSwitch call-handling

    This framework is based on the esl Node.js Event Socket interface.

    It consists of two objects:

    • the call-server provides a high-level interface to a middle-ware based route; look in the example folder for a complete, working example;
    • the router is the lower-level machinery; it works similarly to a Sinatra-based middleware router: each middleware is called in turn for a given call.


    Router = require 'useful-wind/router'

    The router is initialized with a single parameter which is made available inside the middleware as this.cfg.

    cfg = {my_db_name:'foo'}
    router = new Router cfg

    Each middleware is called once for each FreeSwitch call; middleware functions are called inside a Promise chain, using a specific context which is described in the next section.

    router.session (object)

    The router's session object is used to initialize the middlewares' session object.

    router.session.db = new PouchDB cfg.db_name, cfg.db_options

    router.use (function or object)

    Appends the middleware to the list of middleware used by this router.

    The argument might be a function, or an object with the fields include and (for debugging purposes) name.


    This module uses debug and the prefix useful-wind. Use DEBUG='useful-wind:*' or a similar pattern to debug the module (including errors in middleware code).

    Middleware context

    Middleware functions are called using the following context (which means the this object has the following properties). This context is also available as the first and only argument to middleware functions.


    The object that was passed to the constructor for the router. A shortcut to this.router.cfg.


    A reference to the router object.


    Middleware should store call-related data inside the session object:

    router.use ->
      @session.from_number = @source.replace /^+/, ''
    router.use ->
        if @destination is '123'
          @action 'bridge', 'sofia/profile/'
          @session.db.get "number:#{destination}"
          .then (doc) ->

    router.session is used to initialize session at the start of each call, before any middleware is processed.


    The data provided by FreeSwitch over the Event Socket.

    A shortcut for


    The FreeSwitch Caller-ID-Number.

    Your application may modify source if you'd like, but the value is not sent back to FreeSwitch. Use the FreeSwitch set or export commands to do that.


    The FreeSwitch Destination-Number.

    Your application may modify destination if you'd like, but the value is not sent back to FreeSwitch. Use the FreeSwitch set or export commands to do that.

    req.variable (function)

    Return a reference to a (read-only) FreeSwitch variable:

    router.use ->
      if @req.variable('direction')
        console.log 'direction is present'

    req.header (function)

    Return a reference to the incoming SIP header:

    router.use ->
      if @req.header('p-charge-info')
        console.log 'P-Charge-Info is present'

    action (function)

    A shortcut for call.command. Send a command to FreeSwitch.

    router.use ->
      @action 'set', 't38_passthru=true'
      .then ->
        @action 'bridge', 'sofia/profile/fax@'


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