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       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.


   User Management
       In the following commands users are identified by a Jabber ID, jid,  of  the  usual  form:

       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

       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.

              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.

       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.

       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


       --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.


              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


       More information may be found online at: <>


       Dwayne Bent <>; Kim Alvefur.

                                            2017-09-02                              PROSODYCTL(1)