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PROSODYCTL(1) PROSODYCTL(1)

NAME

prosodyctl - Manage a Prosody XMPP server

SYNOPSIS

prosodyctl command [--help]
    

DESCRIPTION

prosodyctl is the control tool for the Prosody XMPP server. It may be used to control the server daemon and manage users.
prosodyctl needs to be executed with sufficient privileges to perform its commands. This typically means executing prosodyctl as the root user. If a user named "prosody" is found then prosodyctl will change to that user before executing its commands.

COMMANDS

User Management

In the following commands users are identified by a Jabber ID, jid, of the usual form: user@domain.
adduser jid
Adds a user with Jabber ID, jid, to the server. You will be prompted to enter the user's password.
passwd jid
Changes the password of an existing user with Jabber ID, jid. You will be prompted to enter the user's new password.
deluser jid
Deletes an existing user with Jabber ID, jid, from the server.

Daemon Management

Although prosodyctl has commands to manage the prosody daemon it is recommended that you utilize your distributions daemon management features if you attained Prosody through a package.
To perform daemon control commands prosodyctl needs a pidfile value specified in /etc/prosody/prosody.cfg.lua. Failure to do so will cause prosodyctl to complain.
start
Starts the prosody server daemon. If run as root prosodyctl will attempt to change to a user named "prosody" before executing. This operation will block for up to five seconds to wait for the server to execute.
stop
Stops the prosody server daemon. This operation will block for up to five seconds to wait for the server to stop executing.
restart
Restarts the prosody server daemon. Equivalent to running prosodyctl stop followed by prosodyctl start.
reload
Signals the prosody server daemon to reload configuration and reopen log files.
status
Prints the current execution status of the prosody server daemon.

Certificates

prosodyctl can create self-signed certificates, certificate requests and private keys for use with Prosody. Commands are of the form prosodyctl cert subcommand. Commands take a list of hosts to be included in the certificate.
request hosts
Create a certificate request (CSR) file for submission to a certificate authority. Multiple hosts can be given, sub-domains are automatically included.
generate hosts
Generate a self-signed certificate.
key host [size]
Generate a private key of 'size' bits (defaults to 2048). Invoked automatically by 'request' and 'generate' if needed.
config hosts
Produce a config file for the list of hosts. Invoked automatically by 'request' and 'generate' if needed.
import hosts paths
Copy certificates for hosts into the certificate path and reload prosody.

Debugging

prosodyctl can also show some information about the environment, dependencies and such to aid in debugging.
about
Shows environment, various paths used by Prosody and installed dependencies.
check [what]
Performs various sanity checks on the configuration, DNS setup and configured TLS certificates. what can be one of config, dns and certs to run only that check.

Ejabberd Compatibility

ejabberd is another XMPP server which provides a comparable control tool, ejabberdctl, to control its server's operations. prosodyctl implements some commands which are compatible with ejabberdctl. For details of how these commands work you should see ejabberdctl(8).
register user server password
unregister user server

OPTIONS

--config filename
Use the specified config file instead of the default.
--root
Don't drop root privileges.
--help
Display help text for the specified command.

FILES

/etc/prosody/prosody.cfg.lua
The main prosody configuration file. prosodyctl reads this to determine the process ID file of the prosody server daemon and to determine if a host has been configured.

ONLINE

More information may be found online at: <https://prosody.im/>

AUTHORS

Dwayne Bent <dbb.1@liqd.org>; Kim Alvefur.
2017-09-02