NAME doveadm-kick - Disconnect users by user name and/or IP address

SYNOPSIS doveadm [-Dv] kick [ -a anvil_socket_path] [-f] user doveadm [-Dv] kick [ -a anvil_socket_path] [-f] ip[/mask] doveadm [-Dv] kick [ -a anvil_socket_path] [-f] user ip[/mask]

DESCRIPTION doveadm’s kick command is used to disconnect users by user name and/or the ip address, from which they are connected.

In the first form, all users, whose login name matches the user argu- ment, will be disconnected.

In the second form, all users, connected from the given IP address or network range, will be disconnected.

In the last form, only users connected from the given IP address or networks range and a matching login name will be disconnected.

OPTIONS Global doveadm(1) options:

-D Enables verbosity and debug messages.

-v Enables verbosity, including progress counter.

Command specific options:

-a anvil_socket_path This option is used to specify an absolute path to an alterna- tive UNIX domain socket.

By default doveadm(1) will use the socket /var/run/dove- cot/anvil. The socket may be located in another directory, when the default base_dir setting was overridden in /etc/dove- cot/dovecot.conf.

-f Enforce the disconnect, even when there are multiple users, from different networks, connected to a single process. This option may be only required when you have configured something like:

service imap { ... client_limit = 1+n service_count = 0 ... }

ARGUMENTS ip[/mask] ip or ip/mask is the host or network, from which the users are connected.

user Is a user’s login name. Depending on the configuration, a login name may be for example jane or It’s also possible to use ’*’ and ’?’ wildcards (e.g. -u *

EXAMPLE If you don’t want to disconnect all users at once, you can check who’s currently logged in. The first example demonstrates how to disconnect all users whose login name is 3 characters long and begins with ba.

doveadm who -1 ja* username proto pid ip jane imap 8192 ::1 james imap 8203 2001:db8:543:2::1 doveadm kick ba? kicked connections from the following users: bar baz

The next example shows how to kick user foo’s connections from 192.0.2.*.

doveadm who -1 foo username proto pid ip foo imap 8135 fd95:4eed:38ba::25 foo imap 9112 foo imap 8216 doveadm kick foo kicked connections from the following users: foo doveadm who f* username # proto (pids) (ips) foo 1 imap (8135) (fd95:4eed:38ba::25)

REPORTING BUGS Report bugs, including doveconf -n output, to the Dovecot Mailing List <>. Information about reporting bugs is available at:

SEE ALSO doveadm(1), doveadm-who(1)

Dovecot v2.0 2010-06-12 DOVEADM-KICK(1)