About Sofia-SIP

Sofia-SIP is an open-source SIP User-Agent library, compliant with the IETF RFC3261 specification (see the feature table). It can be used as a building block for SIP client software for uses such as VoIP, IM, and many other real-time and person-to-person communication services. The primary target platform for Sofia-SIP is GNU/Linux. Sofia-SIP is based on a SIP stack developed at the Nokia Research Center. Sofia-SIP is licensed under the LGPL.

Latest release is: 1.12.11 (2011-03-11).


SIP features
Sofia-SIP implementation follows RFC3261 and related key RFCs. INFO, UPDATE and REFER methods are supported. Also supported is SIMPLE presence and instant messaging, with the MESSAGE, SUBSCRIBE/NOTIFY and PUBLISH methods. Features such as early sessions, provisional responses, early media, caller preferences and session timers are included. Full set of transports, including both TCP and UDP over either IPv4 or IPv6, is supported. Signaling can be secured with SSL/TLS. See the full SIP and SDP feature table.
SIP Offer-Answer module
Sofia-SIP provides an implementation of the SDP offer-answer negotiation as specified in RFC3264. This is an essential component in using SIP to establish media sessions such as VoIP and video conferencing.
NAT traversal support
Support for STUN as specified in RFC3489. STUN functionality is available via a separate module, so it can also be used independently from the base SIP stack. SIP extensions such as symmetric response routing (RFC3581/rport) are supported as well.
Open development model
Sofia-SIP is run as a community effort: the development source tree is hosted on a public server, the development discussions happen on public forums, and there is a public development roadmap. Additionally, the project welcomes new contributors and the project copyright is shared (i.e. no dual licensing).
Comparisons to other open-source SIP stacks
See for example Open Source SIP stacks compared and VoIP - SIP and RTP stacks, softphones, user agents, STUN - a comparison.