ejabberd configuration

Here is how ejabberd can be installed and configured on a Debian system.

First install the package:

apt-get install ejabberd

debconf asks for several things:

  • a domain name, like example.com

  • an account to administrate the server, let’s call it admin

Then, the configuration file (/etc/ejabberd/ejabberd.cfg) looks like:

%% Options which are set by Debconf and managed by ucf

%% Admin user
{acl, admin, {user, "admin", "example.com"}}.

%% Hostname
{hosts, ["example.com"]}.

By default, ejabberd listens on 3 TCP ports:

  {5222, ejabberd_c2s, [
    {access, c2s},
    {shaper, c2s_shaper},
    {max_stanza_size, 65536},
    starttls, {certfile, "/etc/ejabberd/ejabberd.pem"}
  {5269, ejabberd_s2s_in, [
    {shaper, s2s_shaper},
    {max_stanza_size, 131072}
  {5280, ejabberd_http, [
    %% [
    %%  {["pub", "archive"], mod_http_fileserver}
    %% ]},
{s2s_use_starttls, true}.
{s2s_certfile, "/etc/ejabberd/ejabberd.pem"}.

This enable web administration on an HTTP server running on port 5280. Use an URL such as to access to administration http://example.com:5280/admin/. Note that this is note secure (no HTTPS) so you may want to set-up a front-end to access to this server (reverse proxy, VPN, firewall, …).

To add a new user, you just need to run:

ejabberdctl register mynewuser example.com 'UserPassword'

DNS configuration

Here is how a DNS zone may be configured:

;service.proto.name          class rr   pri weight port target
_jabber._tcp.example.com.      IN  SRV  10    0    5269 jabber.example.com.
_xmpp-server._tcp.example.com. IN  SRV  10    0    5269 jabber.example.com.
_xmpp-client._tcp.example.com. IN  SRV  10    0    5222 jabber.example.com.

jabber IN A

Bitlbee configuration

Bitlbee can be used to interact with jabber through an IRC server. Here are some useful commands from http://wiki.bitlbee.org/quickstart:

account add jabber bitlbee@example.com UserPassword
account jabber on

In account list, this new account is associated with an ID (like 0). Once you know this ID, you may run:

add 0 myuser@example.com