prosodyctl - Manage a Prosody XMPP server
prosodyctl command [--help]
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.
In the following commands users are identified by a Jabber ID, jid, of the usual
- 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
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
- 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.
- Stops the prosody server daemon. This operation will block
for up to five seconds to wait for the server to stop executing.
- Restarts the prosody server daemon. Equivalent to running
prosodyctl stop followed by prosodyctl start.
- Signals the prosody server daemon to reload configuration
and reopen log files.
- Prints the current execution status of the prosody server
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
- 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
prosodyctl can also show some information about the environment, dependencies
and such to aid in debugging.
- Shows environment, various paths used by Prosody and
- 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 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
- --config filename
- Use the specified config file instead of the default.
- Don't drop root privileges.
- Display help text for the specified command.
- 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.
More information may be found online at: <https://prosody.im/>
Dwayne Bent <email@example.com>; Kim Alvefur.