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A. Prerequisites

1. Linux Kernel Version

  • In order to use the UPF element, you must use the 5.0.0-23-generic or 5.4.x version of the Linux kernel. free5gc uses the gtp5g kernel module, which has been tested and compiled against that kernel versions only. If you installed Ubuntu 20.04, the version should be like 5.4.x. To determine the version of the Linux kernel you are using:
$ uname -r

You will not be able to run most of the tests in Test page unless you deploy a UPF.

2. Golang Version

  • As noted above, free5gc is built and tested with Go 1.18.10
  • To check the version of Go on your system, from a command prompt:

    go version

  • If another version of Go is installed, remove the existing version and install Go 1.18.10:

# this assumes your current version of Go is in the default location:
sudo rm -rf /usr/local/go
sudo tar -C /usr/local -zxvf go1.18.10.linux-amd64.tar.gz
  • If Go is not installed on your system:
sudo tar -C /usr/local -zxvf go1.18.10.linux-amd64.tar.gz
mkdir -p ~/go/{bin,pkg,src}
# The following assume that your shell is bash:
echo 'export GOPATH=$HOME/go' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'export GOROOT=/usr/local/go' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'export PATH=$PATH:$GOPATH/bin:$GOROOT/bin' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'export GO111MODULE=auto' >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc
  • Further information and installation instructions for golang are available at the official golang site.

3. Control-plane Supporting Packages

sudo apt -y update
sudo apt -y install mongodb wget git
sudo systemctl start mongodb

Note: If you are using Ubuntu 22.04.x and you face issues, please, check this appendix section

4. User-plane Supporting Packages

sudo apt -y update
sudo apt -y install git gcc g++ cmake autoconf libtool pkg-config libmnl-dev libyaml-dev

5. Linux Host Network Settings

sudo sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_forward=1
sudo iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o <dn_interface> -j MASQUERADE
sudo iptables -A FORWARD -p tcp -m tcp --tcp-flags SYN,RST SYN -j TCPMSS --set-mss 1400
sudo systemctl stop ufw
sudo systemctl disable ufw # prevents the firewall to wake up after a OS reboot

Note: In Ubuntu Server 20.04 and 22.04 the dn_interface may be called enp0s3 or enp0s4 by default. Use the command ip a to help to figure it out

B. Install Control Plane Elements

  1. Clone the free5GC repository

    • To install the latest stable build (v3.3.0):

      cd ~
      git clone --recursive -b v3.4.1 -j `nproc`
      cd free5gc
    • (Alternatively) to install the latest nightly build:

      cd ~/free5gc
      git checkout main
      git submodule sync
      git submodule update --init --jobs `nproc`
      git submodule foreach git checkout main
      git submodule foreach git pull --jobs `nproc`
  2. Compile network function services in free5gc

    • To do so individually (e.g., AMF only):

      cd ~/free5gc
      make amf
    • To build all network functions:

      cd ~/free5gc

C. Install User Plane Function (UPF)

  1. As noted above, the GTP kernel module used by the UPF requires that you use Linux kernel version 5.0.0-23-generic or 5.4.x. To verify your version:

    uname -r
  2. Retrieve the 5G GTP-U kernel module using git and build it

    git clone -b v0.8.6
    cd gtp5g
    sudo make install
  3. Build the UPF (you may skip this step if you built all network functions above):

    • to build using make:

      cd ~/free5gc
      make upf
  4. Customize the UPF as desired. The UPF configuration file in is free5gc/config/upfcfg.yaml.

D. Install WebConsole

  1. Before building WebConsole, install nodejs first:

    curl -fsSL | sudo -E bash - 
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install -y nodejs
    corepack enable # setup yarn automatically
  2. Build WebConsole

    • to build using make:

      cd ~/free5gc
      make webconsole
    • (Alternatively) to build manually:

      cd ~/free5gc/webconsole/frontend
      yarn install
      yarn build
      rm -rf ../public
      cp -R build ../public
      cd ..
      go build -o bin/webconsole server.go

Note: 2GB or more of OS memory is recommended. WebConsole may be failed to build if memory is less then 1GB.