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History: 15 Years SER-Kamailio

Date: Sep 2, 2016
Data compiled by: Daniel-Constantin Mierla


SIP Express Router (aka SER) is the initial name of the project that emerged into Kamailio starting with 2008. It is a high-performance, configurable, free Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) server licensed under the open-source GNU license, offering a large set of features. Started in 2001, before the publishing of RFC3261 (SIP v2.0) in summer of 2002, Kamailio-SER pioneered the development of many SIP extensions and pushed further the real-time communications over IP.

Initial project web site was:

Used over the time:

Now the web site is:

It is the oldest and most robust open source SIP server, routing billions of VoIP minutes every month world wide, being used from Telcos and Carriers to ITSP and SOHO environments. If you haven't heard of it so far, it is very likely because your VoIP provider routes the calls fast and reliable with SER-based SIP servers, so you don't need to build your own system.

First source code commit of SER-Kamailio was done 15 years ago: Sep 3, 2001. According to GIT log, first three commits were:

git log --pretty=format:"%h%x09%an%x09%ad%x09%s" --reverse | head -3

512dcd9	Andrei Pelinescu-Onciul	Mon Sep 3 21:27:11 2001 +0000	Initial revision
888ca09	Andrei Pelinescu-Onciul	Tue Sep 4 01:41:39 2001 +0000	parser seems to work
e60a972	Andrei Pelinescu-Onciul	Tue Sep 4 20:55:41 2001 +0000	First working release

That is 5479 days of continuous development, with hundreds of contributors, estimated cost of development: over 18 000 000 USD (averaged 70000USD/year/developer and 261 person-years).

Summary of Evolution

  • September 2001 - initial commit, SER was then developed for about one year internally at FhG FOKUS Institute, Berlin, Germany
  • Autumn 2002 - SER was released as GPL, code published on BerliOS:
  • June 2005 - OpenSER forked from SER, code hosted by Source Forge:
  • July 2008 - OpenSER was renamed to Kamailio
  • November 2008 - SER and Kamailio teams decide to join development efforts and merge the source code trees of the two applications
  • January 2010 - version 3.0.0 is released, from a source code tree containing both SER and Kamailio
  • Septeber 2011 - the project celebrates 10 years of development
  • March 2013 - version 4.4.0 is released, project switching to use only Kamailio name for public versions
  • Septeber 2016 - the project celebrates 15 years of development
  • Autumn 2016 - the project is preparing the release of v5.0.0
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