Anca-Maria Vamanu


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Anca-Maria Vamanu

Edited by

Ovidiu Sas

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Revision $Revision: 8137 $$Date: 2011-07-07 14:02:20 +0200 (Thu, 07 Jul 2011) $

Table of Contents

1. Admin Guide
1.1. Overview
1.2. Dependencies
1.2.1. OpenSIPS Modules
1.2.2. External Libraries or Applications
1.3. Exported Parameters
1.3.1. hash_size (int)
1.3.2. script_scenario (str)
1.3.3. extern_scenario (str)
1.3.4. cleanup_period (int)
1.3.5. custom_headers (str)
1.3.6. use_init_sdp (int)
1.3.7. db_url (str)
1.3.8. update_period (int)
1.3.9. max_duration (int)
1.3.10. b2bl_from_spec_param (string)
1.3.11. server_address (str)
1.3.12. init_callid_hdr (str)
1.3.13. db_mode (int)
1.3.14. db_table (str)
1.3.15. b2bl_th_init_timeout (int)
1.4. Exported Functions
1.4.1. b2b_init_request
1.4.2. b2b_bridge_request(b2bl_key,entity_no)
1.5. Exported MI Functions
1.5.1. b2b_trigger_scenario
1.5.2. b2b_bridge
1.5.3. b2b_list
2. Developer Guide
2.1. b2b_logic_bind(b2bl_api_t* api)
2.2. init
2.3. bridge
2.4. bridge_extern
2.5. bridge_2calls
2.6. terminate_call
2.7. set_state
2.8. bridge_msg

List of Examples

1.1. Set server_hsize parameter
1.2. Set script_scenario parameter
1.3. Set script_scenario parameter
1.4. Set cleanup_period parameter
1.5. Set parameter
1.6. Set parameter
1.7. Set db_url parameter
1.8. Set update_period parameter
1.9. Set max_duration parameter
1.10. Set b2bl_from_spec_param parameter
1.11. Set server_address parameter
1.12. Set init_callid_hdr parameter
1.13. Set db_mode parameter
1.14. Set db_table parameter
1.15. Set b2bl_th_init_timeout parameter
1.16. b2b_init_request usage
1.17. b2b_bridge_request usage
2.1. b2bl_api_t structure

Chapter 1. Admin Guide

1.1. Overview

The B2BUA implementation in OpenSIPS is separated in two layers:

  • a lower one(coded in b2b_entities module)- which implements the basic functions of a UAS and UAC
  • an upper one - which represents the logic engine of B2BUA, responsible of actually implementing the B2BUA services using the functions offered by the low level.

This module is a B2BUA upper level implementation that can be used with b2b_entities module to have B2BUA that can be configured to provide some PBX services. The B2B services are coded in an XML scenario document. The b2b_logic module examines this document and uses the functions provided by the b2b_entities module to achieve the actions specified in the document and enable the service.

A scenario can be instantiated in two ways:

  • from the script - at the receipt of a initial message
  • with a extern command (MI) command - the server will connect two end points in a session(Third Party Call Control).

1.2. Dependencies

1.2.1. OpenSIPS Modules

  • b2b_entities, a db module

1.2.2. External Libraries or Applications

The following libraries or applications must be installed before running OpenSIPS with this module loaded:

  • libxml2-dev

1.3. Exported Parameters

1.3.1. hash_size (int)

The size of the hash table that stores the scenario instatiation entities.

Default value is “9 (512 records).

Example 1.1. Set server_hsize parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "hash_size", 10)

1.3.2. script_scenario (str)

This parameter should be set with the path of a document that contains a scenario that can be instantiated from the script at the receipt of an initial message.

This parameter can be set more than once.

Example 1.2. Set script_scenario parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "script_scenario", "/usr/local/opensips/scripts/b2b_prepaid.xml")

1.3.3. extern_scenario (str)

This parameter should be set with the path of a document that contains a scenario that can be instantiated with an MI command.

This parameter can be set more than once.

Example 1.3. Set script_scenario parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "extern_scenario", "/usr/local/opensips/scripts/b2b_marketing.xml")

1.3.4. cleanup_period (int)

The time interval at which to search for an hanged b2b context. A scenario is considered expired if the duration of a session exceeds the lifetime specified in the scenario. At that moment, BYE is sent in all the dialogs from that context and the context is deleted.

Default value is “100”.

Example 1.4. Set cleanup_period parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "cleanup_period", 60)

1.3.5. custom_headers (str)

A list of SIP header names delimited by ';' that should be passed from the dialog of one side to the other side. There are a number of headers that are passed by default. They are:

  • Content-Type
  • Supported
  • Allow
  • Proxy-Require
  • Session-Expires
  • Min-SE
  • Require
  • RSeq

If you wish some other headers to be passed also you should define them by setting this parameter.

Default value is “NULL”.

Example 1.5. Set parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "custom_headers", "User-Agent;Date")

1.3.6. use_init_sdp (int)

This parameter modifies the behaviour of the B2BUA when bridging and a provisional media uri is set. For playing media while the callee answers (that is connecting the caller to a media server), the bridging with the callee must start by sending an Invite to it. The correct way is to send an Invite without a body in this case, but it has been observed that not many gateways support this. So, the solution is to use the sdp received in the first Invite from the caller and put it as the body for this invite. By setting this parameter, this behavior is enabled. You can also set use_init_sdp per scenario and overwrite this global value.

Default value is “0”.

Example 1.6. Set parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "use_init_sdp", 1)

1.3.7. db_url (str)

Database URL.

Example 1.7. Set db_url parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "db_url", "mysql://opensips:opensipsrw@")

1.3.8. update_period (int)

The time interval at which to update the info in database.

Default value is “100”.

Example 1.8. Set update_period parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "update_period", 60)

1.3.9. max_duration (int)

The maximum duration of a call.

Default value is “12 * 3600 (12 hours)”.

If you set it to 0, there will be no limitation.

Example 1.9. Set max_duration parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "max_duration", 7200)

1.3.10. b2bl_from_spec_param (string)

The name of the pseudo variable for storing the new “From” header. The PV must be set before calling “b2b_init_request”.

Default value is “NULL” (disabled).

Example 1.10. Set b2bl_from_spec_param parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "b2bl_from_spec_param", "$var(b2bl_from)")
	# setting the From header
	$var(b2bl_from) = "\"Call ID\" <sip:user@opensips.org>";
	b2b_init_request("top hiding");

1.3.11. server_address (str)

The IP address of the machine that will be used as Contact in the generated messages. This is compulsory only when using external scenarios. For the script scenarios, if it is not set, it is constructed dynamically from the socket where the initiating request was received. This socket will be used to send all the requests, replies for that scenario instantiation.

Example 1.11. Set server_address parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "server_address", "sip:sa@")

1.3.12. init_callid_hdr (str)

The module offers the possibility to insert the original callid in a header in the generated Invites. If you want this, set this parameter to the name of the header in which to insert the original callid.

Example 1.12. Set init_callid_hdr parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "init_callid_hdr", "Init-CallID")

1.3.13. db_mode (int)

The B2B modules have support for the 3 type of database storage

  • NO DB STORAGE - set this parameter to 0
  • WRITE THROUGH (synchronous write in database) - set this parameter to 1
  • WRITE BACK (update in db from time to time) - set this parameter to 2

Default value is “2” (WRITE BACK).

Example 1.13. Set db_mode parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "db_mode", 1)

1.3.14. db_table (str)

Name of the database table to be used

Default value is “b2b_logic

Example 1.14. Set db_table parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "db_table", "some_table_name")

1.3.15. b2bl_th_init_timeout (int)

Call setup timeout for topology hiding scenario.

Default value is “60

Example 1.15. Set b2bl_th_init_timeout parameter

modparam("b2b_logic", "b2bl_th_init_timeout", 60)

1.4. Exported Functions

1.4.1.  b2b_init_request

This is the function that must be called by the script writer on an initial INVITE for which a B2B scenario must be instantiated. It is up to the script writer to decide which are the criteria to decide for which messages certain scenarios must be instantiated.

The first parameter is the identifier for the scenario. This is defined in the XML document as an attribute of the root node.

Then it can take at most 4 other parameters that represent the parameters for the xml scenario. The expected number of parameters is also specified as an attribute in the root node of the XML scenario.


If you have a multi interface setup and want to chance the outbound interface, it is mandatory to use the "force_send_socket()" core function before passing control to b2b function. If you do not do it, the requests may be correctly routed, but the SIP pacakge may be invalid (as Contact, Via, etc).

Example 1.16. b2b_init_request usage

if(is_method("INVITE") && !has_totag() && prepaid_user())
   b2b_init_request("prepaid", "sip:320@opensips.org:5070",

1.4.2.  b2b_bridge_request(b2bl_key,entity_no)

This function will bridge an initial INVITE with one of the particapnts from an existing b2b dialog.


  • b2bl_key - a pseudo-variable that contains the b2b_logic key

  • entity_no - a pseudo-variable that holds the entity of the particapnt to bridge.

Example 1.17. b2b_bridge_request usage

modparam("b2b_logic", "b2bl_key_avp", "$avp(99)")
   # handling b2b calls here
   b2b_init_request("top hiding");
   xlog("L_INFO","[$mi] got b2bl_key='$avp(99)'\n");
   # saving the b2b key into the local cache

   # handling calls to bridge to existing b2b calls
   # retrieving the key of a b2b call
   cache_fetch("local","some_b2bl_key_identifier", $avp(98) );
   $var(entity) = 1;

1.5. Exported MI Functions

1.5.1.  b2b_trigger_scenario

This command instantiated a B2B scenario.

Name: b2b_trigger_scenario


  • senario_id : the id of the scenario to be instantiated.

  • scenario parameters - it can take 4 more parameters that are scenario parameters

MI FIFO Command Format:


1.5.2.  b2b_bridge

This command can be used by an external application to tell B2BUA to bridge a call party from an on going dialog to another destination. By default the caller is bridged to the new uri and BYE is set to the callee. You can instead bridge the callee if you send 1 as the third parameter.

Name: b2b_bridge


  • dialog-id : the id of the dialog. If you set the module parameter dialog-id the server will include the dialogid in the generated Invites as the content of a header with name 'Dialog-ID'.

  • new uri - the uri of the new destination

  • flag to specify that the callee must be bridged to the new destination. It is optional. If not present the caller will be bridged.

MI FIFO Command Format:


opensipsctl Command Format:

	opensipsctl b2b_bridge 1020.30 sip:alice@opensips.org

1.5.3.  b2b_list

This command can be used to list the internals of b2b_logic entities.

Name: b2b_list

Parameters: none

    MI FIFO Command Format:


    opensipsctl Command Format:

    	opensipsctl fifo b2b_list

    Chapter 2. Developer Guide

    The module provides an API that can be used from other OpenSIPS modules. The API offers the functions for instantiating b2b scenarios from other modules (this comes as an addition to the other two means of instantiating b2b scenarios - from script and with an MI command). Also the instantiations can be dynamically controlled, by commanding the bridging of an entity involved in a call to another entity or the termination of the call or even bridging two existing calls.

    2.1.  b2b_logic_bind(b2bl_api_t* api)

    This function binds the b2b_entities modules and fills the structure the exported functions that will be described in detail.

    Example 2.1. b2bl_api_t structure

    typedef struct b2bl_api
    	b2bl_init_f init;
    	b2bl_bridge_f bridge;
    	b2bl_bridge_extern_f bridge_extern;
    	b2bl_bridge_2calls_t bridge_2calls;
    	b2bl_terminate_call_t terminate_call;
    	b2bl_set_state_f set_state;
    	b2bl_bridge_msg_t bridge_msg;

    2.2.  init

    Field type:

    typedef str* (*b2bl_init_f)(struct sip_msg* msg, str* name, str* args[5],
    		b2bl_cback_f, void* param);

    Initializing a b2b scenario. The last two parameters are the callback function and the parameter to be called in 3 situations that will be listed below. The callback function has the following definition:

    typedef int (*b2b_notify_t)(struct sip_msg* msg, str* id, int type, void* param);

    The first argument is the callback given in the init function.

    The second argument is a structure with some statistics about the call -start time, setup time, call time.

    The third argument is the current state of the scenario instantiation.

    The last argument is the event that triggered the callback. There are 3 events when the callback is called:

    • when a BYE is received from either side- event parameter will also show from which side the BYE is received, so it can be B2B_BYE_E1 or B2B_BYE_E2

    • If while bridging, a negative reply is received from the second entity - the event is B2B_REJECT_E2.

    • When the b2b logic entity is deleted- the evnet is B2B_DESTROY

    The return code controls what will happen with the request/reply that caused the event (except for the last event, when the return code does not matter)

    • -1 - error

    • 0 - drop the BYE or reply

    • 1 - send the BYE or reply on the other side

    • 2 - do what the scenario tells, if no rule defined send the BYE or reply on the other side

    2.3.  bridge

    Field type:

    typedef int (*b2bl_bridge_f)(str* key, str* new_uri, str* new_from_dname,int entity_type);

    This function allows bridging an entity that is in a call handled by b2b_logic to another entity.

    2.4.  bridge_extern

    Field type:

    typedef str* (*b2bl_bridge_extern_f)(str* scenario_name, str* args[5],
                    b2bl_cback_f cbf, void* cb_param);

    This function allows initiating an extern scenario, when the B2BUA starts a call from the middle.

    2.5.  bridge_2calls

    Field type:

    typedef int (*b2bl_bridge_2calls_t)(str* key1, str* key2);

    With this function it is possible to bridge two existing calls. The first entity from the two calls will be connected and BYE will be sent to their peers.

    2.6.  terminate_call

    Field type:

    typedef int (*b2bl_terminate_call_t)(str* key);

    Terminate a call.

    2.7.  set_state

    Field type:

    typedef int (*b2bl_set_state_f)(str* key, int state);

    Set the scenario state.

    2.8.  bridge_msg

    Field type:

    typedef int (*b2bl_bridge_msg_t)(struct sip_msg* msg, str* key, int entity_no);

    This function allows bridging an incoming call to an entity from an existing call.

    The first argument is the INVITE message of the current incoming call.

    The second argument is the b2bl_key of an existing call.

    The third argument is the entity identifier.