IETF Groupchat/Chatroom Service

This page provides information regarding IETF Groupchat/Chatroom services.

Key Info

The IETF Groupchat Service uses an extension to the IETF's Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) as defined in RFC 6120.

The IETF provides Jabber/XMPP groupchat services for use by the various working groups, areas, and BOF sessions during meetings and at other times. Jabber Services are always available, except during brief maintenance periods. A number of IETF Chatrooms exist, each one serves a specific purpose. The ID of each room is "roomname@jabber.ietf.org" (see the logs page for representative examples).

For general chat and nonspecific conversations, connect to hallway@jabber.ietf.org. Hallway is the default social chatroom for the IETF.

Accessing the Service

In order to access the IETF Groupchat Service, you will need an XMPP account, which can be obtained from a number of public servers or from a private or corporate server you may have access to. The IETF does not provide public XMPP accounts. In addition, you will need an XMPP-compatible instant messaging client running on your computer or workstation, or you will need to access a web client offered by various service providers. Consult your client documentation for information on connecting to a groupchat room.

The secretariat cannot provide help with the use of particular instant messaging clients, or the configuration of those clients. They do provide support for the resolution of problems with the groupchat service, and can be reached via email at: ietf-action@ietf.org.

Chatroom Logs

All conversations which take place in IETF Chatrooms are logged, and those logs are publicly and permanently available on this website, here. Everything said becomes part of the public record.

Chatroom Support

The IETF Jabber Groupchat server is hosted by the IETF Secretariat, Association Management Solutions, in Fremont, California. The secretariat cannot provide help with the use of particular Jabber Clients, or the configuration of those clients. They do provide support for the resolution of problems with the Jabber Server, and can be reached at: ietf-action@ietf.org.

Note Well

This is a reminder of IETF policies in effect on various topics such as patents or code of conduct. It is only meant to point you in the right direction. Exceptions may apply. The IETF's patent policy and the definition of an IETF "contribution" and "participation" are set forth in BCP 79; please read it carefully.

As a reminder:

  • By participating in the IETF, you agree to follow IETF processes and policies.
  • If you are aware that any IETF contribution is covered by patents or patent applications that are owned or controlled by you or your sponsor, you must disclose that fact, or not participate in the discussion.
  • As a participant in or attendee to any IETF activity you acknowledge that written, audio, video, and photographic records of meetings may be made public.
  • Personal information that you provide to IETF will be handled in accordance with the IETF Privacy Statement.
  • As a participant or attendee, you agree to work respectfully with other participants; please contact the ombudsteam (https://www.ietf.org/contact/ombudsteam/) if you have questions or concerns about this.

Definitive information is in the documents listed below and other IETF BCPs. For advice, please talk to WG chairs or ADs: