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2009/04/08
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Kannel for Windows – Some Cygwin Binaries

A customer of mine recently asked me for a windows version of Kannel. Prior to this I had no experience with Cygwin/Windows development at all. It was actually extremely simple to build Kannel using Cygwin (thanks to the Kannel developers for being, well, pretty cool ;)).

Obviously it’s not the easiest thing in the world for non-developers so I thought I would make it easy for everyone to just simply download some binaries of Kannel and get going.

So with that said, I have built two installers for Kannel to run on windows. I have built against the stable release 1.4.3 and then I have done a CVS snapshot build against CVS dated 2009-04-07.

If you are interested in these, please navigate to my kannel for windows page which I will keep up to date as more stable releases get done.

Just a bit of background of how to build your own versions on Cygwin below:

  1. Download latest version of Cygwin
  2. Install, making sure you select the development packages (gcc, automake, libxml2-devel, openssl-devel, etc)
  3. Download and extract the source of Kannel from www.kannel.org
  4. Change directory to the extracted source
  5. Run ./configure
  6. Run make
  7. Then if you wish, run make install to install (need privileges unless alternative –prefix was specified)

Easy !

Just as a final note, Kannel on windows should NOT be treated as a production ready piece of software, so this should be used strictly for convenience, testing, development, etc.

As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment or mail me via blog@ddj.co.za

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11 Comments

  1. Alexandre

    2009/07/20

    Nice! This is exactly what I was looking for... Thanks for sharing!

    BTW, Do you have any example about integrating it to a DB (like MySQL).

    Best regards from Brazil!

  2. Ahmad

    2009/07/21

    I am trying to configure Kannel on Windows Vista. I am using Nokia E51 as GSM modem connected via USB cable. This device shows up in Windows Vista Device Manager as connected on COM18. How should I specify settings in the kannel.config? I tried "device = COM18" or "device = /dev/COM18" but they don't work. Can you share some working config file for Windows?

  3. Donald Jackson

    2009/08/04

    @Alexandre - I suggest contacting the users list (users@kannel.org) for any queries like this, it is quite a common task.

    @Ahmad - Are you running from within the Cygwin window?

  4. Minh

    2009/12/29

    Please tell me your Kannel Windows version (CVS Build) has meta-data (TLV)? Or I need rebuild with last source? Thanks!

  5. Donald Jackson

    2009/12/29

    This build has support for TLV's. I shall do another build soon and post it on this site.

  6. Minh

    2009/12/29

    Thank Donald Jackson :)

  7. Lasantha

    2010/01/13

    I got the very same question reported by Ahmed, how to specify the setting in kannel.conf (device=?) ? Windows device manager shows the device as "BandLuxe 3.5G HSDPA Modem" (I'm using a 3G modem, not a mobile phone modem) and I'm running just on windows. Not from Cygwin. Thanks.

  8. lazoras

    2010/05/03

    i followed the steps and when i type
    run ./configure in the cyg console it tries to run the configure file but a windows error pops up saying it is unable to run the program..... maybe i am missing some packages because i noticed there was an etc... at the end of the package list provided?

    any help would be great!

  9. Donald Jackson

    2010/05/04

    @Lasantha - Unfortunately I haven't used a GSM modem with Kannel on windows as yet so I can't really help here, I use it mostly for SMPP connectivity.

    @lazoras - Sounds very strange, do you have the correct files for your architecture (i386/amd64?) also make sure you have installed the cygwin build essentials.

  10. Minh

    2010/10/23

    Hi Donald Jackson,
    Kannel 1.5.0 is out. Please build 1.5.0 version on windows.
    Thank you.

  11. Raja Ehtesham Riazat

    2010/11/11

    @Lasantha,Ahmad : cygwin might only recognize com ports upto 16 so you can go to device manager select the modem device you want to configure right click->properties->port settings->advance->Com port number and set it to some free port less than 16.
    now you device in smsc at will be device= device = /dev/comx. where x is the number you selected for com port above.


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