The "ssl_gnutls" Module

This module depends on a third-party library (GnuTLS) and must be manually enabled at compile time.

Once you have installed the dependency you can enable this module using the following command:

./configure --enable-extras m_ssl_gnutls.cpp


This module allows TLS (SSL) encrypted connections using the GnuTLS library.


To load this module use the following <module> tag:

<module name="ssl_gnutls">


This module extends the core <bind> tags with the following keys:

Name Description
ssl This MUST be set to the name of a GnuTLS TLS (SSL) profile to listen for secure connections with GnuTLS.
Example Usage

Listens for GnuTLS encrypted IRC connections on the *:6697 endpoint:

<bind address="*"

Listens for GnuTLS encrypted server connections on the *:7000 endpoint:

<bind address="*"


The <sslprofile> tag defines a TLS (SSL) profile for sockets to use. This tag can be defined as many times as required.

If no <sslprofile> tags are defined a default profile named gnutls will be created. This profile will use the contents of the deprecated <gnutls> tag if one has been defined.

Name Type Default Value Description
name Text None Required! The name of this TLS (SSL) profile. This is used in <bind:ssl> for incoming connections and <link:ssl> for outgoing server connections.
provider Text None Required! This MUST be set to "gnutls" to use the GnuTLS library.
cafile Text ca.pem The path to the CA in PEM format.
certfile Text cert.pem The path to the certificate in PEM format.
crlfile Text crl.pem The path to the CRL in PEM format.
dhfile Text dhparams.pem The path to the DH parameters in PEM format.
hash Text md5 The hash algorithm used for TLS (SSL) client fingerprints.
keyfile Text key.pem The path to the private key in PEM format.
mindhbits Number 1024 The minimum number of bits of the DH parameters file to use in an Diffie-Hellman key exchange.
outrecsize Number 2048 The maximum size of an outgoing GnuTLS record.
priority Text NORMAL A GnuTLS priority string.
requestclientcert Boolean Yes Whether to request a TLS (SSL) certificate from clients.
strictpriority Boolean No Whether to require that all tokens in the GnuTLS priority string are valid.

The hash field should be set to one of the values shown in gnutls-cli --list | grep ^Digests:.

Example Usage
<sslprofile name="Clients"

Special Notes

If you are using a CA-provided certificate and key you will also need to provide a DH parameters file. This file can be generated using certtool --generate-dh-params --sec-param normal --outfile dhparams.pem and then be placed in your config directory. You may need to use gnutls-certtool instead of certtool on macOS and --bits 2048 instead of --sec-param normal on GnuTLS 2.x.