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


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]


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 argument, will be

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.


Global doveadm(1) options:

-D Enables verbosity and debug messages.

-o setting=value
Overrides the configuration setting from /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf and from the
userdb with the given value. In order to override multiple settings, the -o option
may be specified multiple times.

-v Enables verbosity, including progress counter.

Command specific options:

-a anvil_socket_path
This option is used to specify an absolute path to an alternative UNIX domain

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


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 [email protected]. It's also possible to use '*' and '?' wildcards
(e.g. -u *@example.org).


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:
doveadm who f*
username # proto (pids) (ips)
foo 1 imap (8135) (fd95:4eed:38ba::25)


Report bugs, including doveconf -n output, to the Dovecot Mailing List
<[email protected]>. Information about reporting bugs is available at:

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