The "ssl_gnutls" Module (v4)

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 ssl_gnutls


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 fields:

Name Type Default Value Description
sslprofile Text None 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 with an TLS (SSL) profile named "Clients":

<bind address="*"

Listens for GnuTLS encrypted server connections on the *:7000 endpoint with an TLS (SSL) profile named "Servers":

<bind address="*"


The <gnutls> tag defines settings about how the ssl_gnutls module should behave. This tag can only be defined once.

Name Type Default Value Description
onrehash Boolean Yes Whether TLS (SSL) profiles (see below) should be reloaded as part of a normal rehash.
Example Usage
<gnutls onrehash="yes">


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

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. This does nothing on GnuTLS 3.6.0+.
hash Text sha256 A space-delimited list of hash algorithms used for TLS (SSL) client fingerprints. Prefix with spki- to use a Subject Public Key Info (SPKI) fingerprint for WebIRC gateway clients instead of a certificate fingerprint.
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 version of GnuTLS older than 3.6.0 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.

If you are having trouble getting InspIRCd to read your .pem files then check that it has read access to the full path up to the location of them. If you are using a system that uses AppArmor (such as our Debian and Ubuntu packages) you may need to edit the AppArmor profile to allow InspIRCd to read them too.

If you are using Let's Encrypt and are having problems with missing intermediate certificates then make sure you are using fullchain.pem from Certbot/Dehydrated/etc in <sslprofile:certfile> instead of cert.pem as the latter does not contain intermediate certificates.

If you are encountering "Handshake Failed - No supported cipher suites have been found" errors then your server is probably using too strict a value for <sslprofile:priority>. If your client is very old then you should consider upgrading; otherwise, setting it to NORMAL should solve this problem.