Integrate ejabberd with iRedMail

Install Ejabberd

apt-get install ejabberd

Configure ejabberd

Use a proper LDAP bind dn/password to query accounts

iRedMail generates a LDAP bind dn cn=vmail,dc=xxx,dc=xxx with read-only access to all mail accounts, we use it in ejabberd to query accounts.

Password of cn=vmail,dc=xxx,dc=xxx was generated randomly during iRedMail installation, you can find the full dn and password in /etc/postfix/ldap/

# grep 'bind_' /etc/postfix/ldap/
bind_dn         = cn=vmail,dc=example,dc=com
bind_pw         = InYTi8qGjamTb6Me2ESwbb6rxQUs5y

Configure ejabberd

Ejabberd's configuration files are written in Erlang syntax, which might be difficult to comprehend. Thankfully, the modifications we need to make are relatively minor and straightforward. The main ejabberd configuration file is located at /etc/ejabberd/ejabberd.cfg. We'll cover each relevant option in turn.

In Erlang, comments begin with the % sign.

Open /etc/ejabberd/ejabberd.cfg and set correct values:

%% Admin user
{acl, admin, {user, "www", ""}}.

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

%% Comment out this line (to not use internal auth method)
%{auth_method, internal}. 

% Add below lines at the bottom.

% Authenticate against LDAP.
{auth_method, ldap}.
{ldap_servers, [""]}.
% {ldap_encrypt, tls}.
{ldap_port, 389}.
{ldap_base, "o=domains,dc=example,dc=com"}.
{ldap_rootdn, "cn=vmail,dc=example,dc=com"}.
{ldap_password, "InYTi8qGjamTb6Me2ESwbb6rxQUs5y"}.

% LDAP filter used to query mail accounts
% If you prefer to restrict ejabberd service to certain users, you can append
% filter rule `enabledService=ejabberd` like below, then add LDAP attribute/value
% pair `enabledService=ejabberd` to these users.
%{ldap_filter, "(&(objectClass=mailUser)(accountStatus=active)(enabledService=ejabberd))"}.
{ldap_filter, "(&(objectClass=mailUser)(accountStatus=active))"}.
{ldap_uids, [{"mail", "%u@%d"}]}.

Start ejabberd service

# /etc/init.d/ejabberd start
Starting jabber server: ejabberd.

# ejabberdctl status
Node ejabberd@u910 is started. Status: started
ejabberd is running

Config iptables

Ejabberd uses some standard ports:

Open /etc/default/iptables, append rules below:

-A INPUT -p tcp --dport 5222 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p tcp --dport 5223 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p tcp --dport 5269 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p tcp --dport 5280 -j ACCEPT

Restart the iptables service.

/etc/init.d/iptables restart 

Web Access Ejabberd Admin Console

Now you can access

Login in the ejabberd web admin, We have seting as admin for the ejabberd server

You can not create user in webadmin. If you want to create user, you need first add user in iRedAdmin, then enable the jabber service for the user in phpldapadmin.

If you want to add the second virtual domain, you need first create a new domain in iRedAdmin, then modify /etc/ejabberd/ejabberd.cfg .

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

XMPP Clients

There're many free and open source XMPP clients available, you can choose the one you prefer listed on this page:

On Linux/BSD, Pidgin is a good choice:

To ensure that your ejabberd instance will federate properly with the rest of the XMPP network, we must set the SRV records for the domain to point to the server where the ejabberd instance is running. We need two records, which can be created in the DNS Management tool of your choice: 86400 IN SRV 5 0 5222 86400 IN SRV 5 0 5269

For more examples, please read this tutorial:


  1. Debug OpenLDAP
  2. Monitor the OpenLDAP and Ejabberd log files