Joachim Breitner

My own jabber server

Published 2007-07-15 in sections English, Digital World.

I was considering to switch jabber servers for a while, especially because my old JabberID was not really nice. But I was always afraid of having to add, authorize and request authorization for all my old contacts, so I kept postponing that.

Today, my Jabber hoster had some problems and all rosters were empty. While they will probably fix it later, I thought this is a good time to finally set up my own jabber server. The procedure was, thanks to Debian, almost ridiculously simple (apt-get install ejabberd). I then only changed one piece of configuration (no self-registering for other users) and I was ready to go!

I followed neingeist’s advice and did not name my new Jabber ID (which would fit to my e-mail-address, as some clients would then use „jabber“ as my nickname. Instead, you can now reach me under „“. If I was on your roster before, you will have to re-add me − sorry for the hassle. I hope it will be the first and last time.

For those who do not know what Jabber is: Jabber (or XMPP) is an instant messaging protocol, providing similar features as ICQ or MSN. The important difference is that it is not tied to one provider: While ICQ and MSN users can’t chat to each others, all Jabber users can chat with each other, no matter on what server they are − much like e-Mail. There are some free Jabber servers such as or, some commercial (but also free to use) such as Google Talk, GMX or, and lot’s of privately run servers such as mine. Try it!


Jabber rocks :)
#1 Petteri am 2007-07-15
postboning... hihi
#2 asd am 2007-07-17
I didn’t know it had something to do with ponies :-)
#3 Joachim Breitner (Homepage) am 2007-07-22

+++ neingeist
#4 neingeist (Homepage) am 2007-07-21
Danke. Hab wohl zu viel an metainit (nicht: meatainit) gearbeitet... :-)
#5 Joachim Breitner (Homepage) am 2007-07-22

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