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The application modules provide call functionality to the system. These applications are then scripted sequentially in the dialplan. For example, a call might come into Asterisk dialplan, which might use one application to answer the call, another to play back a sound prompt from disk, and a third application to allow the caller to leave voice mail in a particular mailbox.

For more information on dialplan applications, see Applications.

All application modules have file names that looks like, such as, however applications and functions can also be provided by the core and other modules. Modules like res_musiconhold and res_xmpp provide applications related to their own functionality.

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