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3CX Phone System

Last Update: 2019-12-03 23:52 UTC

3CX Phone System is a specialist, Debian-based Linux distribution designed to run a complete unified communications platform. The 3CX client, included in the distribution, can also be installed separately on most hardware as well as the cloud. It provides a complete open standards-based IP PBX and phone system that works with popular SIP trunks and IP phones. It will automatically configure all supported peripherals and it also comes with clients for Windows, OS X, iOS and Android. The ISO image includes a free license for the 3CX PBX edition. The ISO image contains the standard Debian installer which installs a minimal system with the nginx web server, PostgreSQL database, iptables firewall and Secure Shell. Options not relevant to 3CX have been removed from the distribution.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 184 (46), 6 months: 178 (47), 3 months: 167 (47), 4 weeks: 142 (48), 1 week: 129 (53)

Average visitor rating: 5.33/10 from 3 review(s).

3CX Summary
Distribution 3CX Phone System
Home Page http://www.3cx.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://www.3cx.com/forums/
Alternative User Forums http://pbxinaflash.com/community/home/
Documentation http://www.3cx.com/docs/manual/
Screenshots --
Download Mirrors
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites 3CX France3CX Germany3CX Italy3CX Russia3CX Spain
Reviews http://www.3cx.com/phone-system/reviews/
Where To Buy http://www.3cx.com/ordering/

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2016-12-16: Development Release: 3CX Phone System 8.6.0 RC
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Feature 9.9.0 8.6.0
Release Date 2019-06-16 2016-12-12
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 300-4000 200-300
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop -- --
Package Management DEB (apt) DEB (apt)
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems    
Multilingual -- --
Asian Language Support -- --
Full Package List 9.9.0 8.6.0
Package 9.9.0 8.6.0
abiword (3.0.4) -- --
alsa-lib ( -- --
ati-driver (18.30) -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.3
bind (9.15.7) -- --
chromium (79.0.3945.130) -- --
cups (2.3.1) -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.45.5) 1.43.4 1.42.12
firefox (72.0.1) -- --
freetype (2.10.1) -- --
gcc (9.2.0) 6.3.0 4.8.4
gimp (2.10.14) -- --
glibc (2.30) 2.24 2.22
gnome-shell (3.34.3) -- --
gnucash (3.8b) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.46) -- --
grub (2.04) 2.02beta3 2.02beta2
gtk (3.24.13) -- --
httpd (2.4.41) -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- --
k3b (19.12.1) -- --
kmod (26) 23 18
krita ( -- --
libreoffice (6.3.4) -- --
linux (5.4.13) 4.9.168 3.16.36
Package 9.9.0 8.6.0
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- --
mariadb (10.4.11) -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.2) -- --
mesa (19.3.2) -- --
mysql (8.0.19) -- --
nautilus (3.34.2) -- --
NVIDIA (440.44) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (13.0.1) -- --
openssh (8.1p1) 7.4p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.0j 1.0.1t
perl (5.30.1) 5.24.1 5.20.2
php (7.4.1) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.17.5) -- --
postfix (3.4.8) -- --
postgresql (12.1) -- --
Python (3.8.1) 3.5.3 2.7.9
qt (5.14.0) -- --
samba (4.11.4) -- --
systemd (244) 232 215
thunderbird (68.4.1) -- --
vim (8.2) 8.0 7.4
vlc (3.0.8) -- --
xfdesktop (4.14.2) -- --
xorg-server (1.20.7) -- --

Reader Ratings
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Version: 9.2.1
Rating: 6
Date: 2018-02-24
Votes: 16


Technically the product cant be matched for quality and ease of use.
There are a few options missing and a few flaws

It runs on Postgres as a back end (would be better with MSSQL or MySql)
So its difficult to query data
Why dont you use the built in MI I here you say,
Well its appalling, this is the area which seriously drags it down.
Its unusable, in demos to customers, I avoid showing the reports as they are embarrassing

They recently changed the license from perpetual to yearly, its a rip off - beware.
(So you effectively have to buy it every year), Its very expensive.

Why WAV files and not MP3, It chews up so much disk space
I actually had to write routines using lame to convert the files WAV to MP3
and create a database in MSSQL so I can easily run reports and access MP3 recordings

You cant white label webRTC so it has 3CX plastered all over it
and your customers want their logo on it, why shouldnt they, they bought it !

With the advent of FreePBX, goAutoDial and Asterisk getting easier to use
they are slowly pricing themselves out of the market.

The CEO, Nick Galea doesnt listen to his customers

As I say, Technically 10 out of 10, I cannot fault it, stable and flawless.

Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 8.6.0-rc
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-11-18
Votes: 19

Even thow 3CX is a very easy to use PBX, their focus relies way more on marketing and buying market share then on improving the actual product. There is much room for improvement in several areas. For example their Phone App - getting calls from another line is simply not possible. Also there is no support for mp3 files, and the quality of the wave files that can be used have to be really, really bad quality in order to be accepted by the system. also the licencing model is a rip off in my opinion. who wants to rent sofware in order to keep it updated? the perpetual licence quickly gets really expensive if you need a more then 8 lines and there is no company that needs less.

Pros: Easy to install, use and manage
Cons: Expensive, Way Limited Functionality for a "world class" product

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Version: 8.6.0-rc
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-03-14
Votes: 4

Easy to use, full features, free up to 25 extensions

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