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iamd is Netsoc's home-grown IAM (Indentity and Access Management) service. It is responsible for storing user account details (name, email, password hash etc). iamd exposes a REST API for managing and authenticating users. This API is well-documented as an OpenAPI spec in static/api.yaml in the repo.


The API can be browsed and tested with the live iamd deployment by visiting

User data is stored in a PostgreSQL database and authentication is based around JWTs. A second API server exists to implement ma1sd's REST Identity store. This allows for native Matrix authentication against iamd when configured with ma1sd.

Authentication mechanism

As mentioned above, authentication against the API (and other services) is based upon JWTs (JSON Web Tokens). The structure and use of these tokens is a bit specific.

  • The sub represents the unique, unchanging user ID (database primary key). This is so that the username field is modifiable.
  • iat and exp are based on a user's renewed time (expiring when they should renew their account). If a user's account has not been renewed, a token is still valid for certain operations (modifying their account, logging out).
  • version is the "account version", which is checked against the user's value in the database. It is increased whenever all currently valid tokens should be immediately invalidated (e.g. a user wants to "log out" of all devices or change their password).
  • is_admin is a quick way to identify if a user is an admin on the client side

Services wanting to use iamd to authenticate users can use the /users/self/token endpoint to validate a token and can query information about the user with an admin token if needed.


The Docker repo for iamd is A Helm chart is also provided, see our charts repo.

Configuration is normally done by a YAML-formatted config file, which is generated from config: in the chart values. See config.sample.yaml for a complete set of options. Any option can also be overridden via an environment variable prefixed with IAMD_. Nested keys should be separated with an _, e.g. becomes IAMD_SMTP_HOST.

Last update: 2021-08-23