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Asterisk – Database-driven CallerID

· by Robert Mibus · Read in about 2 min · (370 Words)
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One of the nice things Asterisk can do is manipulate Caller ID information on the fly. Since I’m too lazy to update the stored numbers within my individual cordless handsets, I use Asterisk to cheat. Asterisk looks up the incoming phone number (“08XXXXXXXX”) in a MySQL table, finds matching text (“Bob”) and passes that along to the handsets for display.

This assumes you have a MySQL database on the same box as asterisk, with a username of asterisk, password of mypassword, your database is called asterisk, and your final internal destination is SIP/myphone. (I’m inventive, I am… ;). Extension 99 in this example is where your inbound calls end up in order to ring your phone.

exten => 99,1,NoOp(Inbound)
exten => 99,n,MYSQL(Connect connid localhost asterisk mypassword asterisk)
exten => 99,n,GotoIf($["${connid}" = ""]?nodb)
exten => 99,n,MYSQL(Query resultid ${connid} SELECT\ name\ FROM\ addressbook\ WHERE\ phone_number="${CALLERID(num)}"\ LIMIT\ 1)
exten => 99,n,MYSQL(Fetch fetchid ${resultid} name)
exten => 99,n,MYSQL(Clear ${resultid})
exten => 99,n,Set(CALLERID(name)=${name})
exten => 99,n,MYSQL(Disconnect ${connid})
exten => 99,n(nodb),NoOp(DoneDB)
exten => 99,n,Dial(SIP/myphone,30,)
exten => 99,n,Congestion()

To actually make it work, you also need the database filled in.

CREATE TABLE addressbook (
    phone_number VARCHAR(40),
    name VARCHAR(40),
    PRIMARY KEY(phone_number)
INSERT INTO addressbook VALUES ('08XXXXXXX1', 'Bob');
INSERT INTO addressbook VALUES ('08XXXXXXX2', 'Mary');

(and so forth).

So, what next? Well, you’re logging your CDR into MySQL, right? Let’s make a ‘view’ of the CDR that includes the names:

CREATE VIEW cdr_with_names AS
    SELECT cdr.*, AS src_name, AS dst_name
    FROM cdr
    LEFT JOIN addressbook ab_src
        ON ((cdr.src = ab_src.phone_number)
        OR (CONCAT('08',cdr.src) = ab_src.phone_number))
    LEFT JOIN addressbook ab_dst
        ON ((cdr.dst = ab_dst.phone_number)
        OR (CONCAT('08',cdr.dst) = ab_dst.phone_number))

What’s this CONCAT('08',cdr.src) stuff? ’08′ is my local area code, and I can leave it off outbound calls to the same area code if I so choose. This way, my query finds both variants (‘XXXXXXXX’ and ’08XXXXXXXX’).

It’s such a messy view for direct use, though. Let’s clean it up with a view that only shows us the columns we really care that much about:

CREATE VIEW cdr_easy AS SELECT calldate,src,src_name,dst,dst_name,disposition,billsec FROM cdr_with_names

In a few minutes of hacking at extensions.conf and MySQL, you now have database-driven CallerID text and a straightforward CDR view that includes human-readable names. What can’t Asterisk do?