Openfire is a real time collaboration server. It uses XMPP protocol for instant messaging. This tutorial will help you to install and configure your won instant messaging server using Openfire and Spark. You can configure it to use in your LAN as well as over internet also.
Step 1 – Prerequisites
Before installing Openfire make sure you have java installed on your system. If you do not have Java installed use following tutorials to install Java on your system.
- How to Install Oracle JAVA 8 on Debian
- How to Install Oracle JAVA 8 on Ubuntu & LinuxMint
- How to Install Oracle JAVA 8 on CentOS/RHEL & Fedora
You also need to install Mysql server on the system (if using an external database). If you don’t MySQL installed, use the following to install it.
$ sudo apt install mysql-server
# Debian systems$ sudo rpm install mysql-server # RPM based systems$ sudo dnf install mysql-server # Fedora 22+ systems
Step 2 – Download and Install Openfire
Use following command to download openfire or download the latest Openfire version from its official website.
RPM Based Systems:
$ wget http://download.igniterealtime.org/openfire/openfire-4.1.4-1.x86_64.rpm $ sudo rpm -ivh openfire-3.8.2-1.i386.rpm
$ wget http://download.igniterealtime.org/openfire/openfire_4.1.4_all.deb $ sudo dpkg -i openfire_4.1.4_all.deb
Start Openfire Service
# service openfire start
Step 3 – Create MySQL Database and User
Openfire provides an embedded database HSQLDB, If you want to go with that, you don’t to create MySQL account and database here. But if want to use MySQL, use the following commands to create MySQL database and user.
$ mysql -u root -p
mysql>CREATE DATABASE openfire; mysql>GRANT ALL on openfire.* to 'openfire'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'pa$$w0rd'; mysql>FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
Step 4 – Configure Openfire
Openfire by default works on port 9090, Connect your server on port 9090 using the browser. It will open a configuration wizard, Follow the wizard and complete configuration. During wizard using above created MySQL credentials.
Step 5 – Create User in Openfire
Login to Openfire admin dashboard using the admin account. Now go under Users/Groups sections then select Users section. Now click on Create New User link and enter the required details and create the user. Create the multiple users as you wants
Step 6 – Connect to Openfire
To connect to Openfire you need to download “spark” client software and install on your system. Download latest version of Spark for your operating system from its official website. Install spark client and log in to your account, or register new accounts.