Ubuntu (Trusty)

This guide is based on Ubuntu 14.04(Trusty) Distribution. To use Ubuntu 18.04(Bionic Bearer) and Ubuntu 16.04(Zenial), you must use a different guide.


Install Mongo DB with Package Manager.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install mongodb
sudo systemctl start mongodb (if '/usr/bin/mongod' is not running)

To run NextEPC with least privilege, TUN device permission should be a crw-rw-rw-(666). Otherwise, you need to run nextepc daemon with root privilege. If the permission is not crw-rw-rw-(666), you may need to install udev package. Nevertheless, if the permssions do not change , you can run nextepc with root privileges or change the permission using chmod 666 /dev/net/tun.

ls -al /dev/net/tun
crw-rw---- 1 root 28 10, 200 Feb 11 05:13 /dev/net/tun
sudo apt-get install udev
sudo systemctl start systemd-udevd (if '/lib/systemd/systemd-udevd' is not running)

Write the configuration file for the TUN deivce.

sudo sh -c "cat << EOF > /etc/network/interfaces.d/nextepc
auto pgwtun
iface pgwtun inet static
    pre-up ip tuntap add name pgwtun mode tun
    post-down ip tuntap del name pgwtun mode tun
iface pgwtun inet6 static
    address cafe::1
    netmask 64

For loading TUN configuration,

sudo sh -c 'if ! grep "source-directory" /etc/network/interfaces | grep "/etc/network/interfaces.d" > /dev/null; then
    echo "source-directory /etc/network/interfaces.d" >> /etc/network/interfaces

Create the TUN device. Interface name will be pgwtun.

ifup pgwtun

Then, you need to check IPv6 Kernel Configuration. Although you can skip this process, we recommend that you set this up to support IPv6-enabled UE.

sysctl -n net.ipv6.conf.pgwtun.disable_ipv6

(if the output is 0 and IPv6 is enabled, skip the followings)
sudo sh -c "echo 'net.ipv6.conf.pgwtun.disable_ipv6=0' > /etc/sysctl.d/30-nextepc.conf"
sudo sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.d/30-nextepc.conf

Install the depedencies for building the source

sudo apt-get -y install git gcc flex bison make autoconf libtool pkg-config libsctp-dev libssl-dev libgnutls-dev libidn11-dev libyaml-dev

And then, compile and install Mongo C Driver like the followings.

sudo apt-get -y install g++ libsasl2-dev
tar xzf mongo-c-driver-1.8.0.tar.gz
cd mongo-c-driver-1.8.0
./configure --disable-automatic-init-and-cleanup
sudo make install
sudo ldconfig

Git clone and compile

acetcom@nextepc:~$ git clone
ccetcom@nextepc:~$ cd nextepc
acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ autoreconf -iv
acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ ./configure --prefix=`pwd`/install
acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ make -j `nproc`
acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ make install

We provide a program that checks whether the installation is correct. After running the wireshark, select loopback interface, filter s1ap || diameter || gtpv2 || gtp and run ./test/testepc. You can see the virtually created packets. [testepc.pcapng]

Note that you should stop all nextepc daemons before running test program if you have already installed it with a package manage.

(if nextepc-daemons are running)
sudo systemctl stop nextepc-mmed
sudo systemctl stop nextepc-sgwd
sudo systemctl stop nextepc-pgwd
sudo systemctl stop nextepc-hssd
sudo systemctl stop nextepc-pcrfd

acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ ./test/testepc

It is a convenient tool called nextepc-epcd for developers. This daemon includes both MME, SGW, PGW, HSS, and PCRF. So, instead of running all 5 daemons, you can just run nextepc-epcd in your development environment.

acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ ./nextepc-epcd
NextEPC daemon v0.3.3 - Feb 11 2018 07:19:59

  PID[3720] : '/home/acetcom/nextepc/install/var/run/nextepc-epcd/pid'
  File Logging : '/home/acetcom/nextepc/install/var/log/nextepc/nextepc.log'
  MongoDB URI : 'mongodb://localhost/nextepc'
  Configuration : '/home/acetcom/nextepc/install/etc/nextepc/nextepc.conf'
[02/11 07:26:42.001] PCRF try to initialize

When you run nextepc-epcd, all logs for MME, SGW, PGW, PCRF, and HSS are written to nextepc.log, and all settings are managed in one place for nextepc.conf. You can find the log/conf path at the beginning of running screen.

Sometimes, you may want to use newly updated source code.

(Control-C kill nextepc-epcd)
acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ make maintainer-clean
acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ rm -rf ./install
acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ git pull
acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ autoreconf -iv
acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ ./configure --prefix=`pwd`/install
acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ make -j `nproc`
acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ make install
acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ ./nextepc-epcd
Web User Interface

To get the latest Node.js and NPM, please visit the official Node.js website:

Or, you can install Node.js and NPM with a package manager.

sudo apt-get -y install curl
curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get -y install nodejs

Install the dependencies to run WebUI

acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc$ cd webui
acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc/webui$ npm install

Running WebUI

acetcom@nextepc:~/nextepc/webui$ npm run dev

Now the web server is running on http://localhost:3000.