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Open records

The IETF operates in an open and transparent fashion and we publish open records of most of the contributions, submissions, statements, and communications that we receive.

NOTE: Please see our Privacy Statement for full details of our approach to transparency and details of what we do not make public. For details of how IETF contributions are licensed please see the IETF Trust website.

Our open records are mix of document based data such as email messages or meeting minutes, structured data such as details of Working Groups, and raw data such as statistics on meeting attendance. Our records are available through a mix online tools and direct access. The tools provide additional features, better context and managed workflows, while the direct access mechanisms are more suited for local processing or archival purposes.

Key access tools

  • Datatracker. Through this tool you can find public data on all of our published documents (RFCs and Internet-Drafts), working groups and teams, meetings and proceedings, IPR disclosures, liaison statements and statistics. There are also details of how to use the datatracker API to access data programmatically.
  • Mail Archive. This allows you to search the archives of all of our public mailing lists. It provides a unique and permanent URL for every email message received.
  • RFC Editor website. This provides access to all RFCs in a variety of formats through a number of mechanisms.
  • This website. Additionally, our website has pages on meetings (past and upcoming), policies and groups/teams.

Statistics dashboards

Direct access to documents, records and raw data

Direct access is provided through three mechanisms: rsync at rsync.ietf.org, HTTP at www.ietf.org and FTP at ftp.ietf.org. Please note that our FTP service is soon to be retired.

The following table explains what is available through what mechanism. The names are not consistent between services and so the rsync name is used if it exists, otherwise the next best is used.

Name Description URL under ietf.org HTTP rsync FTP
charter Repository of WG Charters /charter
iana-timezone IANA Time Zone Database /timezones
id-archive The Internet Draft Archive (active and expired) /archive
internet-drafts The Internet Draft Repository (currently active) /id/
proceedings Repository of Proceedings /proceedings {403}
rfc Repository of RFCs /rfc
slides Repository of Slide Documents /slides
iana IANA assignments /assignments [●]
everything-ftp The entire IETF FTP Archive /ietf-ftp N/A
concluded-wg-ietf-mail-archive Older list text archives Under everything-ftp (●)
conflict-reviews Repository of Conflict Review documents Under everything-ftp (●)
mailman-archive Repository of Mailing List Text Archives Under everything-ftp (●)
status-changes Repository of Status Change Documents Under everything-ftp (●)
iesg-minutes IESG Minutes - - -
legacy-files Legacy material supporting long-lived URLs - - -
xml2rfc.bibxml The xml2rfc citation libraries - - -
jabber Jabber group chat logs /jabber/logs - -
Old website from 2009 /old - -
Raw audio from IETF 105 and IETF 106 /audio - -
ID and RFC indices /download - -
yang Under everything-ftp (●) -

Notes:

  • {403} means that it currently returns an error 403 when visited.
  • [●] means not in a file listing
  • N/A means by definition this is already accessible by FTP
  • (●) means it is available through HTTP at everything-ftp but is not separately mapped

Review of these archives

We regularly review the contents of these records and the mechanisms by which they are provided and as a result of that, may delete some records or cease mechanisms in the future.