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Flask-based HTTP service to handle XMPP HTTP upload requests from Prosody mod_http_upload_external

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This provides a Flask-based HTTP service which can be used with mod_http_upload_external.


The configuration file is specified using the environment variable XMPP_HTTP_UPLOAD_CONFIG. It must contain the full path to the configuration file.

The configuration file must contain the following keys:


A bytes object which is the shared secret between the Prosody module and this service. See the mod_http_upload_external documentation for details.


Path to the directory where the service stores the uploaded files.


A list of string globs which specify the content types which are not sent as attachment. Defaults to the empty list if not given.

Example use:


Everything which does not match any of the entries here will be sent with Content-Disposition: attachment in order to prevent funny attacks.

It is not recommended to add things like text/html or * to this list.


Allow cross-origin access to all endpoints unconditionally. This is needed to allow web clients to use the upload feature.

Issues, Bugs, Limitations

  • This service does not handle any kind of quota.

  • The format in which the files are stored is not compatible with mod_http_upload – so you’ll lose all uploaded files when switching.

  • This blindly trusts the clients Content-Type. I don’t think this is a major issue, because we also tell the browser to blindly trust the clients MIME type. This, in addition with forcing all but a white list of MIME types to be downloaded instead of shown inline, should provide safety against any type of XSS attacks.

  • I have no idea about web security. The headers I set may be subtly wrong and circumvent all security measures I intend this to have. Please double-check for yourself and report if you find anything amiss.

Example Installation instructions

Example instructions for debian based systems, if you don’t use debian check your distributions repositories for the correct python3 flask package name. You probably also want to use something else then apt-get on non debian based distributions.

In this example we will install the flask http server and proxy requests from an already installed and configured webserver (nginx) to the flask http server. It is also possible to run the python script with wsgi which should yield in better performance.

I assume your webserver uses www-data as service account. If you have a different user update the systemd service and the permissions for the data directory.

Clone and install:

git clone
sudo mv xmpp-http-upload /opt/xmpp-http-upload
cd /opt/xmpp-http-upload
sudo apt-get install python3-flask

Edit and change SECRET_KEY. Be sure to only change between ''.

Create the upload directory:

sudo mkdir /var/lib/xmpp-http-upload
sudo chown www-data.www-data /var/lib/xmpp-http-upload

Enable systemd service:

sudo copy contrib/xmpp-http-upload.service /etc/systemd/system
sudo systemctl enable xmpp-http-upload.service
sudo systemctl start xmpp-http-upload.service

Configure your webserver:

As final step you need to point your external webserver to your xmpp-http-upload flask app. Check the contrib directory, there is an example for nginx there.

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