Installing modules

Most of Prosody's functionality is implemented through plugins/modules (the two terms are used interchangeably). Sometimes you will want to install additional modules that are not supplied with Prosody.


By default Prosody looks in a single directory for a module, and this is set at build time. On a standard Linux system such as Debian, you might expect to find it somewhere like /usr/lib/prosody/modules/.

You can ask Prosody to tell you the path by running: prosodyctl about

In previous versions, you can extract the default from the Prosody source with something like: grep ^CFG_PLUGINDIR $(which prosody)

Finally, you can add custom paths to search. Simply add the plugin_paths option to the global section of your config:

    -- These paths are searched in the order specified, and before the default path
    plugin_paths = { "/path/to/modules", "/path/to/more/modules" }

Prosody will always look in the built-in path, so you don't need to add it if you set plugin_paths.

Directory structure

Within the module directory you can simply put mod_*.lua files. Some modules have multiple files, so for convenience you may also put a module and its files within a sub-directory of the same name. Therefore when looking to load mod_foobar, Prosody will check (in this order):


Using the installer

Prosody comes with a plugin installer available starting with 0.12.0 plugins to be installed simply by running prosodyctl , allowing like:

sudo prosodyctl install https://mods.example/mod_example_module.src.rock

Remember that you then need to enable and configure newly installed modules. Remember to read the modules own documentation, as the setup procedure might vary.

More information about the plugin installer.


A community repository of modules exists at the prosody-modules project.

⚠️ Note that while we'll help you if you have problems or find bugs in any module in prosody-modules, many of them are beta, alpha, experimental or just for fun! Each module's documentation describes what state it is in, so check carefully before installing such modules on production servers.

The easiest way to fetch and install these is currently via Mercurial (hg). Once you have it installed, simply run:

  hg clone prosody-modules

It will download all the files to a new directory named 'prosody-modules'.

Since some modules are available in core and community it is recommended to create an empty folder ‘prosody-modules-enabled’ and symlink the modules you want to use from the community repository.

Once you have the files, add the path ‘prosody-modules-enabled’ to plugin_paths, as described above. Then add any of the modules to the modules_enabled list (without mod_ and .lua), and you’re done.


Whenever you want to update, simply switch to that directory and run:

hg pull --update

You will need to restart Prosody or reload the modules to take effect.