profile: Libervia profile handling

Profiles are the names associated with accounts in Libervia, for more informations you can check Glossary. The profile commands help you create/delete/modify and manage profiles.


Unsurprisingly this command connects your profile, i.e. log-in your XMPP account. This command uses profile common commands, so you can use either -c, --connect to connect to XMPP server, or --start-session if you want to start Libervia profile session without connecting to XMPP server (for instance if you want to modify parameters without connecting to XMPP server).

Note that profile common commands are available in commands needing a connected profile, li profile connect is interesting if you only want to connect your profile/start a session.


Connect the default profile:

$ li profile connect -c


Disconnect your profile from XMPP server. There is no option beside the profile common options.


Disconnect the profile pierre:

$ li profile disconnect -p pierre


Create a new Libervia profile. The only mandatory argument is the profile name, but you’ll probably want to associate an XMPP jid with -j JID, --jid JID and a profile password with -p PASSWORD, --password PASSWORD. By default, profile password will be used for XMPP password (see note below), but you may specify XMPP password with -x PASSWORD, --xmpp-password PASSWORD.

Libervia is also capable to manage components, which can be seen as XMPP server independent plugins. To create a component profile, you’ll have to use -C COMPONENT, --component COMPONENT where COMPONENT is the component entry point (check the documentation of the component that you want to use to get its entry point).

If you want a profile to connect automatically on backend startup (notably useful for components), you can use the -A [{true,false}], --autoconnect [{true,false}] argument.


profile password and XMPP password are not the same: the profile password is the password of your Libervia profile, while the XMPP password is the one checked by your XMPP server. If specify a jid with --jid and you don’t specify an XMPP password, the profile password will be used by default.

The reason to have distinct password is that you may use a different password for profile, including an empty one if you want Libervia to connect your profile without having to enter a password. Also the XMPP password is encrypted in database using the profile password (which is not stored in database, only a hash is kept).


passwords in li are currently specified directly on the command-line and not prompted, this is not safe from a security point of view as people can see it on the screen, it may stay in your shell history, or visible on process list. Keep that in mind if you’re in a public environment or on a public machine. This will be improved for Libervia 0.8.


Nestor wants to create a profile for its account on, he specifies a profile password only, so it will also be used as the XMPP password:

$ li profile create nestor -j -p some_password

Create a component profile for the file sharing component (whose entry point is file_sharing). The jid of the service is specified with --jid (note that we don’t use a node as it is a jid of a component) and the --xmpp-password is the shared secret. Here the profile password is kept empty to not have to enter manually the XMPP password each time we connect the service. We use the -A option to set autoconnection:

$ li profile create file_sharing -j -p "" --xmpp-password
some_shared_secret -C file_sharing -A


This command simply prints the default profile (i.e. the profile used when none is specified with -p PROFILE, --profile PROFILE). The default profile is either the first one that you’ve created, or the one you have explicitly set as default.


Print default profile:

$ li profile default


Delete a profile and all its associated data. This delete the Libervia profile and associated data (i.e. local data), but doesn’t request the XMPP server to delete anything.

By default a confirmation is requested, use -f, --force to avoid it (be cautious with this option).


Delete the profile of Pierre:

$ li profile delete pierre


Display information on a profile. For now, only the registered jid is shown, and optionally the XMPP password. To display the XMPP password, use --show-password but be careful that nobody can see your screen, as this password will be shown in clear text.


Show jid and XMPP password for default profile:

$ li profile info --show-password


Show all profiles. You can use -c, --clients to show only client profiles, and -C, --components to show only component profiles.


Show all profiles:

$ li profile list


Update an existing profile. You can use this command to change profile password (with -w PASSWORD, --password PASSWORD) or even disable it (with --disable-password, this is equivalent to using an empty profile password ; be cautious with this option, see the note below).

With -j JID, --jid JID and -x PASSWORD, --xmpp-password PASSWORD you can change XMPP jid and password.

This command can also be used to select the default password, use the -D, --default flag for that.


Be cautious with --disable-password that means that no password will be needed with any frontend of Libervia to use this profile, and that XMPP password will be easy to retrieve for anybody having an access to the machine where Libervia is installed


Pierre has changed server, he can update his jid and password like this:

$ li profile modify -p pierre -j -x new_password

Use louise as default profile:

$ li profile modify -p louise -D

Disable profile password for default profile (be cautious, see the note above):

$ li profile modify --disable-password