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Yet another ejabberd authentication bridge that uses apache-style htpasswd files

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Yet another ejabberd authentication bridge that uses apache-style .htpasswd files.


Currently, ONLY bcrypt-type hash passwords are supported in the htpasswd file, i.e. hashes that start with $2a$ or $2y$.


$ sudo apt-get install libffi-dev
$ pip install ejabberd-htpasswd


Update the authentication configuration in your /etc/ejabberd/ejabberd.cfg file:

{auth_method, external}.
{extauth_program, "/usr/local/bin/ejabberd-htpasswd /path/to/htpasswd"}.
%% optional -- update as appropriate
%% {extauth_instances, 2}.
%% {extauth_cache, 300}.


The ejabberd-htpasswd script takes one optional positional argument, the fully-qualified path to the “.htpasswd” file, and several optional parameters:

  • -d, --debug:

    Enable debug mode for more stuff in the log files.

  • -l {FILENAME}, --log-file {FILENAME}:

    The log file name, which will be rotated as defined by -s and -c; default: /var/log/ejabberd/auth-htpasswd.log.

  • -s BYTES, --log-size BYTES:

    specify the maximum size of the log file in bytes before the log file is rotated; default: 1048576 (1 MB).

  • -c NUMBER, --log-count NUMBER:

    specify the maximum number of log rotation files; default: 10.

  • -t EXPR, --domain-transform EXPR:

    specify a “sed”-style substitution expression for domain name transformation; example: /.*\.example\.com$/example\.com/. Note that when placed in the ejabberd config file, several layers of escaping must be done, so you’ll need something like this to accomplish the above:

      "/usr/local/bin/ejabberd-htpasswd \\
        -t /.*\\\\.example\\\\.com$/ \\

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