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IETF Tools

IETF-related tools, standalone or hosted on tools.ietf.org.
(Tools hosted by the secretariat are listed at http://www.ietf.org/tools).

Which license? See Preferred License

author Prepare documents
Convert nroff for drafts and RFCs to RFC2629 format XML
This is a first release of nroff2xml. The tool is able to get nroff source and generate xml based on it. The output XML has well formed sections, paragraphs, and external references. The output can be successfully processed with xml2rfc. The author is not going to develop this further, as it's served its initial purpose in converting the .nroff source for RFC3315 to xml; other people are however very welcome to pick this up and refine it.
Edit IDs in .nroff with wysiwyg display
Stefan Santesson
NroffEdit is a Java application for writing and editing Internet Draft files using the nroff format. This application lets you load any I-D nroff file, which will be shown processed in the right-hand window, and can be edited in the left-hand window.
Draft TXT and HTML from XML source (xml2rfc)
Henrik Levkowetz

xml2rfc will allow you to take your XML source (using the format defined in RFC 2629 and its unofficial successor) and generate well-formatted text and html versions of drafts from it.

Version 2 of xml2rfc is a complete rewrite in Python. It is available for installation from the Python Package Index (PyPi): https://pypi.python.org/pypi/xml2rfc/
There's a tutorial available on how to install from PyPi, or if you're impatient you can try the following commands on the command line:
  pip install xml2rfc
if that fails:
  easy_install pip
  pip install xml2rfc
if that fails, go to the tutorial above.

Draft HTML and PDF from XML source
Julian Reschke
A set of XSLT transformations that can be used to transform RFC2629-compliant XML (see RFC 2629) to various output formats, such as HTML and PDF
A configuration for editing xml2rfc-format documents in XXE
Bill Fenner , Warren Kumari

This is a WYSIKN (What You See Is Kinda Neat) addon for the very configurable XMLMind XML Editor ("xxe"). The personal version of xxe is free and very capable.

The addon is capable of graphical editing of sections, anchors, lists, cross-references, etc. and allows word processor-like behavior of "enter" to create a new paragraph or list item. More info in the README.

Validate XML input for XML2RFC
Bill Fenner
Performs many checks on an XML input document, verifying both XML welformedness and many other issues specific to document processing through xml2rfc.
Templates for xml2rfc work
Elwyn Davies
Elwyn Davies has produced a template as a starting point for writing drafts using xml2rfc. You can find a copy of the XML template at the RFC-Editor's site, and another copy of the XML template at tools.ietf.org.
Bibtex Citation Converter
Yaron Sheffer
This tools converts bibtex-formatted citations into the bibxml format used in xml2rfc. Many (if not most) academic papers have bibtex citations available online, and the tool makes it easier to reference them in Internet Drafts.
Draft Submission API
Henrik Levkowetz
A simplified draft submission interface, intended for automation, is available at https://datatracker.ietf.org/api/submit".
The interface accepts only xml uploads which can be processed on the server, and requires the user to have a datatracker account. A successful submit still requires the same email confirmation roundtrip as submissions done through the regular submission tool.

RFC dependency checker
Joe Touch
A script to check the references in Internet Drafts for dependencies and updates, provided as an online service.
Write Internet-Drafts using the LyX Editor.
Nico Williams , Yaron Sheffer
Use lyx2rfc togeter with LyX to edit Internet-Drafts. LyX is an open source WYSIWYM GUI editor that runs on all major operating systems. Currently lyx2rfc outputs XML, text, and HTML, but only runs on Linux.
Write RFCs using wiki-style markup ('markdown')
Miek Gieben
Pandoc2rfc (see RFC 7328) uses Markdown in combination with Make and XSLT scripting to produce internet-drafts in XML format from plain text input. The plain text only needs a few formatting conventions, more or less like wiki markup. See also these OSX installation tips.
License File for Open Source Repositories
Many working groups work with open source repositories, even for their work on specifications. The IESG has made a boilerplate text available for inclusion in repositories, available at the URL above.
Draft Submission
Henrik Levkowetz
The New Internet Draft Submission Tool replaces the older Draft Submission Tool and the even older email submission workflow, and lets an author submit a new or updated draft through a webpage, and have it appear in the archives immediately.
Writing Internet-Drafts using Microsoft Word
Joe Touch
Use Microsoft Word or .doc-compatible editors to edit Internet Drafts. Word is a WYSIWYG editor that runs on Windows and Mac OSes, with an open-source variant (OpenOffice) that runs on Linux. This method is documented in RFC 5385 based on a template , using a post-processing Perl script which is available as an online service.
Fix document spacing.
Henrik Levkowetz
Fix up the spacing between sentences to use two spaces. (This is a small script written in awk).
Check internet-drafts for submission nits
Henrik Levkowetz
Use idnits to check that your draft has the desired formatting, boilerplate, references consistency and more.
Run a spelling-check on your internet-draft
Henrik Levkowetz
Idspell uses an IETF-specific wordlist built from the last 2 years' published RFCs, surnames of recent I-D authors and some manually added words.
Draft HTML and PDF from XML source
Julian Reschke
A set of XSLT transformations that can be used to transform RFC2629-compliant XML (see RFC 2629) to various output formats, such as HTML and PDF. For more information, see the documentation.
Draft Diff Tool
Henrik Levkowetz
When looking at updated drafts, you want a diff with the previous draft which ignores changing page layout and moved page headers and footers. Get it here.
Templates for MIB Documents
David B. Harrington
The MIB Doctors have produced three templates specifically aimed at drafts containing MIB modules:
• The first is an XML template for editors that use XML2RFC. Some advice echoing guidelines from RFC4181 is embedded in comments.
• A second template is a text template for MIB documents with advice embedded in the document.
• A third template is a plain text template with no advice included.

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meeting Follow an IETF meeting
IETF Meeting App for iPhone
Tom Pusateri
A Conference App for the iPhone, letting you track meeting slot times, agendas, rooms and their location.
Download Agenda draft tarballs
Henrik Levkowetz
On the IETF meeting agenda provided on https://tools.ietf.org/agenda, there are links provided to tarballs of all drafts mentioned on each WG agenda. If a tarball exists, there is an archive symbol between the WG acronym and the WG name.
Download WG drafts
Eric Rescorla
Download and optionally print WG drafts for a specific IETF meeting, as listed in the meeting agenda for the WG(s).
extract Extract info from documents
Extract ABNF from a document
Bill Fenner
Shows the ABNF contained in a draft or RFC, as extracted by 'aex' from Bill Fenner's 'bap' toolsuite (https://github.com/fenner/bap)
Sean's SUPER Regular Expression-Based ABNF Extractor
Sean Leonard
This Regular Expression-Based ABNF Extractor will read the given input and output the ABNF that is found therein. The ABNF must conform to RFC 2234, RFC 4234, or RFC 5234 (as amended, e.g., by RFC 7405).

The program accepts XML (xml2rfc v2 and v3) and plain text (traditional RFC format ca. 2016) input formats. Optionally, the program can emit location (line number, page, anchor) and caption information in ABNF comments.

news Stay updated
Get your daily dose of IETF news
Pasi Eronen
A summary of the progress and events of the last 24 hours in all parts of the IETF world.
review Review documents
Henrik Levkowetz

display Search, show and print documents
PDF Conversions of drafts and RFCs
Henrik Levkowetz
This repository provides PDF conversions of drafts and RFCs, which can be very helpful in order to print these documents.
Download the latest documents
Rsync access to various document archives:
• Unpurged IETF drafts repository:
To list the content, do:
  rsync rsync.tools.ietf.org::tools.id
To sync the content, do:
  rsync -avz rsync.tools.ietf.org::tools.id ./id
• Currently available htmlized drafts and RFCs:
To list the content, do:
  rsync rsync.tools.ietf.org::tools.html
To sync the content, do:
  rsync -avz rsync.tools.ietf.org::tools.html ./html
• For a full list of the various rsync sources at tools.ietf.org, do:
rsync rsync.tools.ietf.org::

Print an Internet Draft (ID) or RFC as PDF.
Warren Kumari
Because of the difference between the number of lines on laser printers and line / dot-matrix printers, each "page" of the draft actually takes up 2 pages and you end up with lots of pages with just a one line footer. This script tries to fix that by downloading the draft, converting it to a PDF and then printing it.
Internet-drafts archive.
Henrik Levkowetz
Find old and current drafts by full or partial name. If a complete draft name without version indication is used, the latest revision of the draft is provided.
Access IETF-related files from the command line
Paul Hoffman
The "ietf" program lets you access IETF-related files from the command line. It creates a local copy of these files on your computer using rsync, and gives a friendly way to access them. You can give commands from your normal shell, or you can run an interactive shell that is part of the program.
Downloading RFCs & I-Ds eBooks
Tero Kivinen
There is weekly generated ebooks in .epub and .mobi (kindle) format for RFCs and Internet-Drafts. The rfc.mobi and rfc.epub files contains all RFCs in one big file. For I-Ds there is files for each separate working group (i-d.*) and one file per area containing all WGs in the area (area.*). In addition to the active WG drafts those files also contain the published RFCs and related I-Ds.
Retrieve IETF Documents from the search bar
Sean Leonard
This adds an IETF document retrieval search provider to the Firefox (v2+) or IE (v7+)
Chrome: Rewrite IETF ID URLs to the Tools or Datatracker versions
Warren Kumari
This will rewrite the "official" IETF Internet Draft URLs (https://www.ietf.org/id/foo-42.txt) to the Tools (https://tools.ietf.org/html/foo-42) or Datatracker (https://datatracker.ietf.org/docs/foo) versions instead.
Browse and search IETF documents
Henrik Levkowetz
RFCs and drafts with hyperlink markup for easier reading and browsing, with a Google search interface.
Simon Leinen
A script which creates a compact HTML index to the RFCs.
Henrik Levkowetz
Add HTML markup to a plain text draft or RFC
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share Share and communicate
Email aliases to draft authors and chairs
Henrik Levkowetz
ietf.org provides email aliases to WG chairs and draft authors, to make it easier to reach them without having the individual addresses available. To reach the authors of a draft, send an email to:
[See the complete draft alias file]

In a similar manner, to reach a WG's Chairs or ADs, send an email to:
<WG>-chairs@ietf.org or
<WG>-ads@ietf.org, respecitvely.
On each WG page in the datatracker, there's a tab that shows the list of aliases for that WG; see for example the complete DHC WG alias list]

Public IMAP Access to List Archives
Alexey Melnikov
An IMAP server with all IETF email list archives is available for IMAP access at imap.ietf.org:993.

For authenticated access, use your datatracker login and password.

For anonymous access, use username="anonymous", and provide your email address as a password.

WG Subversion Repositories
Henrik Levkowetz
Some IETF Working Groups have subversion repositories set up, to facilitate cooperative editing and change tracking. To find the repository of a WG, please go to the WG status page and follow the link which says 'Svn' in the top horizontal menubar. If there is no such link, the WG doesn't have a registered issue tracker. In order to check out a document from the repository, find the svn url to it, then use:
svn co <document-url>

BOF Wiki
A Wiki which lists all intended BOFs, per IETF meeting
WG Chairs' Wiki
WG Chairs' Guide - Everything a WG Chair Needs to Know but Was Afraid to Ask
WG Issue Trackers
Henrik Levkowetz
Some IETF Working Groups have issue trackers set up to facilitate tracking of document issues. To find the issue tracker of a WG, please go to the WG status page and follow the link which says 'Issues' in the top horizontal menubar. If there is no such link, the WG doesn't have a registered issue tracker.
Comprehensive Mailing List Search
Lars Eggert
Searches the mailing list archives of the working groups of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the research groups of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), as well as several related lists.
IESG Guide - Everything an AD Needs to Know
validation Verify compliance
Fetch, extract and validate YANG models
Fetch, extract and validate YANG modules by RFC number, by IETF draft name, or by uploading IETF drafts or YANG files.
YANG data model catalog
YANG module search, validation, dependencies visualization, and API generation.
Generate ABNF Parsers (with extensions)
Munjo Yu
Generates complete c language code for decoding/encoding messages from an ABNF definition file with extension rules. Examples and automated test suite are provided for a quick start.
BNF Parser²
Václav Vacek
BNF Parser² is an online syntax verification utility. It is capable of checking whether a string conforms to a syntax specification written in a Backus-Naur Form (BNF) dialect.
Bill Fenner
An ABNF parser, focusing on human-friendly error messages.
Validate the signature for an Internet-Draft
Russ Housley
RFC 5485 specifies a mechanism to provide a cryptographic signature for valid internet drafts. The Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) is used to create a detached signature, which is stored in a separate companion file so that no existing utilities are impacted by the addition of the digital signature. This scripts provides a way to verify these signatures.
Chris Newman
Check Email Headers for RFC Compliance
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support Get support
IETF Database
The IETF Database holds information related to documents, authors, positions and messages within the IETF.
Set up or update tools server login and password
Henrik Levkowetz
loginmgr provides scripts used to generate and verify keyed-hash URLs in order to confirm that email addresses are reachable and owned by the person requesting a password, and also a web frontend and a backend to set the password in an apache digest file.
Suresh Krishnan
Do nomcom selection from volunteers according to RFC 3797
stats Statistics - Overview and Trivia
Document Statistics
Jari Arkko
Which companies are the most active contributors? How has the situation changed over the years? Who has published most RFCs? What percentage of drafts use ABNF or PDF? And more ...
chair Manage Working Groups and Documents
Template for Chairs' Document Writeup
This is the current version of the document shepherd writeup template introduced by RFC 4858.
admin Server admin tools
Henrik Levkowetz
Copy over a new version of a file only if there are changes.
Latest update: 2017-10-28 00:18 CEST - webmaster@tools.ietf.org