Asterisk (AMI interface). SMDR/CDR data format and connection settings

This data is being extracted with help of the "Advanced PBX Data Logger" software only. It may not applicable for other software titles.

Customized configuration


The Asterisk Manager Interface (AMI) is a client/server model over TCP. With the manager interface, you'll be able to control the PBX, originate calls, check mailbox status, monitor channels and queues as well as execute Asterisk commands.

AMI is the standard management interface into your Asterisk server. You configure AMI in manager.conf. By default, AMI is available on TCP port 5038 if you enable it in manager.conf.


You have to modify/create 'cdr_manager.conf' in the /etc/asterisk/ directory. Then enable CDR over the Manager API you must enable it in cdr_manager.conf:

; Asterisk Call Management CDR
enabled = yes

Once you have saved the file, you have to enter the Asterisk CLI. From the CLI, you will need to reload the module. Please do the following:

module reload

If you are getting an error that it is not loaded, please load this module:

module load

Then, to verify that it is loaded, please type:

cdr show status

You should see something like this:

pbx*CLI> cdr show status

Call Detail Record (CDR) settings
Logging: Enabled
Mode: Simple
Log unanswered calls: No
Log congestion: No

* Registered Backends
Adaptive ODBC

PBX Data Logger Settings

The logger should work in TCP client mode. The PBX being in permanent listening on port 5038, therefore you need to specify x.x.x.x:5038, where x.x.x.x should be the IP address of your PBX (e.g.

Configuring PBX Data Logger as a TCP client

Our software should work in the TCP client mode. It means that our software will initiate connection with the PBX and the PBX will work as a server. Add one or several PBX IP addresses here (the IP address of the (none)). The port number should match the port that you have defined within the PBX (5038 in the example below).

1. Add a new configuration with the TCP data source (if you didn't it before).

TCP/IP Data Interface

2. Configure the TCP settings as shown below.

TCP Client Mode - Asterisk [AMI interface]


Selecting the correct parser for Asterisk (AMI interface)

Parser Selection For Asterisk (AMI interface) - SMDR/CDR call logging & accounting

Asterisk (AMI interface)

Asterisk (AMI interface)

Data items

DescriptionData typeColumn name
Account codestringACC
Destination numberstringDIALED_PHONE
Caller ID NamestringFLAG1
Caller numberstringCALLER_PHONE
Call typestringCALL_TYPE
Call timedatetimeCALL_TIME
Call duration (sec)integerCALL_DURATION_S
Call durationdatetimeCALL_DURATION
Total duration (sec)integerTOTAL_DURATION_S
Ring duration (s)integerRING_S
Ring durationdatetimeRING
Call IDstringFLAG2

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