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jfa-go Build Status Docker Hub Translation status Docs/Wiki Discord

docker | debian/ubuntu | arch (aur) | other platforms

jfa-go is a user management app for Jellyfin (and now Emby) that provides invite-based account creation as well as other features that make one's instance much easier to manage.

a rewrite of jellyfin-accounts (original naming for both, ik 😂).


  • 🧑 Invite based account creation: Send invites to your friends or family, and let them choose their own username and password without relying on you.
    • Send invites via a link and/or email
    • Granular control over invites: Validity period as well as number of uses can be specified.
    • Account profiles: Assign settings profiles to invites so new users have your predefined permissions, homescreen layout, etc. applied to their account on creation.
    • Password validation: Ensure users choose a strong password.
    • CAPTCHAs can be enabled to avoid bots
  • User expiry: Specify a validity period, and new users accounts will be disabled/deleted after it. The period can be manually extended too.
  • 🔗 Ombi Integration: Automatically creates Ombi accounts for new users using their email address and login details, and your own defined set of permissions.
  • Account management: Apply settings to your users individually or en masse, and delete users, optionally sending them an email notification with a reason.
  • Telegram/Discord/Matrix Integration: Verify users via a chat bot, and send Password Resets, Announcements, etc. through it.
  • 📨 Email storage: Add your existing users email addresses through the UI, and jfa-go will ask new users for them on account creation.
    • Email addresses can optionally be used instead of usernames
  • 🔑 Password resets: When users forget their passwords and request a change in Jellyfin, jfa-go reads the PIN from the created file and sends it straight to them via email/telegram.
  • Admin Notifications: Get notified when someone creates an account, or an invite expires.
  • 📣 Announcements: Bulk message your users with announcements about your server.
  • Authentication via Jellyfin: Instead of using separate credentials for jfa-go and Jellyfin, jfa-go can use it as the authentication provider.
    • Enables the usage of jfa-go by multiple people
  • 🌓 Customizations
    • Customize emails with variables and markdown
    • Specify contact and help messages to appear in emails and pages
    • Light and dark themes available


Invites tab Accounts tab Accounts creation


Note: TrayIcon builds include a tray icon to start/stop/restart, and an option to automatically start when you log-in to your computer. For Linux users, these builds depend on the libappindicator3-1/libappindicator-gtk3/libappindicator package for Debian/Ubuntu, Fedora, and Alpine respectively.

docker create \
             --name "jfa-go" \ # Whatever you want to name it
             -p 8056:8056 \
            # -p 8057:8057 if using tls
             -v /path/to/.config/jfa-go:/data \ # Path to wherever you want to store the config file and other data
             -v /path/to/jellyfin:/jf \ # Path to Jellyfin config directory, ignore if using Emby
             -v /etc/localtime:/etc/localtime:ro \ # Makes sure time is correct
             hrfee/jfa-go # hrfee/jfa-go:unstable for latest build from git
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install curl apt-transport-https gnupg
curl | sudo apt-key add -

# For stable releases
echo "deb trusty main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/hrfee.list
# ------
# For unstable releases
echo "deb trusty-unstable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/hrfee.list
# ------

sudo apt-get update

# For servers
sudo apt-get install jfa-go
# ------
# For desktops/servers with GUI (has dependencies)
sudo apt-get install jfa-go-tray
# ------

Available on the AUR as:

Other platforms

Download precompiled binaries from:

unzip the jfa-go/jfa-go.exe executable to somewhere useful.

  • For *nix/macOS users, chmod +x jfa-go then place it somewhere in your PATH like /usr/bin.

Run the executable to start.

Build from source

If you're using docker, a Dockerfile is provided that builds from source.

Otherwise, full build instructions can be found here.


Simply run jfa-go to start the application. A setup wizard will start on localhost:8056 (or your own specified address). Upon completion, refresh the page.

Usage of jfa-go:
	start jfa-go as a daemon and run in the background.
	stop a daemonized instance of jfa-go.
	generate a systemd .service file.

  -config, -c string
    	alternate path to config file. (default "/home/hrfee/.config/jfa-go/config.ini")
  -data, -d string
    	alternate path to data directory. (default "/home/hrfee/.config/jfa-go")
    	Enables debug logging.
  -help, -h
    	prints this message.
  -host string
    	alternate address to host web ui on.
  -port, -p int
    	alternate port to host web ui on.
    	Exposes pprof profiler on /debug/pprof.
    	Enable swagger at /swagger/index.html


jfa-go does not run as a daemon by default. Run jfa-go systemd to create a systemd .service file in your current directory, which you can copy into ~/.config/systemd/user or somewhere else.

If you're switching from jellyfin-accounts, copy your existing ~/.jf-accounts to:

  • XDG_CONFIG_DIR/jfa-go (usually ~/.config/jfa-go) on *nix systems,
  • %AppData%/jfa-go on Windows,
  • ~/Library/Application Support/jfa-go on macOS.

(or specify config/data path with -config/-data respectively.)


See the wiki page or


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