- Install FreePBX, the Asterisk-based distribution. This takes care of installing Linux, Asterisk, and some a web-based interfaces management interface all at the same time, and . FreePBX is the easiest way to get started if you're new to Linux and/or Asterisk.
- If you're already familiar with Linux or Unix, you can simply install packages for Asterisk and its related tools using the package manager in your operating system. We'll cover this in more detail below in Alternate Install Methods.
- For the utmost in control of your installation, you can compile and install Asterisk (and its related tools) from source code. We'll explain how to do this in Installing Asterisk From Source.