How to build MongooseIM


To compile MongooseIM you need:

  • GNU Make
  • GCC
  • Libexpat 1.95 or higher
  • Erlang/OTP 18.3 or higher
  • Reltool 0.6.6 or higher
  • OpenSSL 0.9.8 or higher, for STARTTLS, SASL and SSL encryption
  • Zlib 1.2.3 or higher for Stream Compression support (XEP-0138). Optional.

Compiling on UNIX-like systems

To compile MongooseIM, go to the main repo directory $REPO and execute the command ($ stands for the shell prompt):

    $ ./rebar3 compile

To generate full MongooseIM release (with mysql, pgsql or other deps):

    $ make rel

If more advanced release is required (with some specific db support only, f.e. mysql or pgsql) or you want to set prefix or user for the installation script please refer to the release configuration page in our documentation.

The make rel commands will generate a self-contained OTP system image in the project's _build/prod/rel/mongooseim subdirectory. The contents of that directory are as follows:

  • bin - startup/administration scripts,
  • etc - configuration files,
  • lib - MongooseIM binary, header and runtime files,
  • var - spool directory,
  • log - log file directory,
  • releases - release files directory.

Running MongooseIM

To run MongooseIM from the project tree after compiling it, change to $REPO/_build/prod/rel/mongooseim.

There you can use the mongooseim command line administration script to start and stop MongooseIM. For example, this command will start the server:

$ bin/mongooseim start

You can also run the server in interactive mode:

$ bin/mongooseim live

There's also a tool called mongooseimctl allowing you to perform some operations on a running instance, e.g.:

$ bin/mongooseimctl status
MongooseIM node mongooseim@localhost:
  operating system pid: 86026
  Erlang VM status: started (of: starting | started | stopping)
  boot script status: started
  version: 1.6.2-61-g48b8332
  uptime: 1:12:46

Building the testing target and running tests

For testing purposes there's a different make target available:

$ make devrel

which will generate releases mim1, mim2, mim3, fed1 in $REPO/_build/ and prepare them for testing and generating coverage reports.

To run the tests (from project's root directory, i.e. $REPO):

$ tools/travis-test