XEP-0462: PubSub Type Filtering

This specification provides a way to filter PubSub nodes in a disco query.
  • Timothée Jaussoin
  • Maxime Buquet
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Standards Track
0.1.1 (2022-04-22)
Document Lifecycle
  1. Experimental
  2. Proposed
  3. Stable
  4. Final

1. Introduction

Implementations have been able to declare a pubsub#type attribute on PubSub nodes for about as long as Publish-Subscribe (XEP-0060) [1] has existed. This attribute doesn’t seem to be widely used in the community though, maybe due to the vagueness of its description, that has recently changed, or the lack of features associated with it.

This specification provides a way for implementations to allow filtering on this attribute when discovering nodes on a PubSub service.

Filtering is particularly useful for example combined with Microblogging Over XMPP (XEP-0277) [2] and comment nodes that are created on the same service. When listing content nodes of a service, one may want to filter out comment nodes.

2. Requirements

3. Use Cases

3.1 Discovering support

A service implementing this specification MUST advertize through Service Discovery (XEP-0030) [3] a urn:xmpp:pubsub-filter:0 feature.

3.2 Sending a disco request

While requesting disco#items on a PubSub service, an entity might want to only get nodes of certain pubsub#type. To do so, it may add a filter child of namespace urn:xmpp:pubsub-filter:0 to the query element, containing a Data Forms (XEP-0004) [4] form with FORM_TYPE set to urn:xmpp:pubsub-filter:0 and an included-types or excluded-types list-multi type field containing the various types it wants to filter.

When included-types is specified, a PubSub service MUST return nodes of matching pubsub#type in its response.

When excluded-types is specified, a PubSub service MUST return every node but those of matching pubsub#types in its response.

Both included and excluded fields MAY contain an empty value to designate nodes with an empty pubsub#type.

Example 1. Requesting disco#items with only nodes of the following types, including empty ones
<iq type='get'
  <query xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/disco#items'>
    <filter xmlns='urn:xmpp:pubsub-filter:0'>
      <x xmlns='jabber:x:data' type='submit'>
        <field var='FORM_TYPE' type='hidden'>
        <field type='list-multi' var='included-types'>

If both the included and excluded fields are specified, a service MUST return an error of type modify containing a bad-request element in the urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:xmpp-stanzas namespace.

Example 2. Error returned when a requesting entity includes both fields
<iq type='error'
  <error type='modify'>
    <bad-request xmlns='urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:xmpp-stanzas'/>

4. IANA Considerations


5. XMPP Registrar Considerations


6. XML Schema

6.1 urn:xmpp:pubsub-filter:0


      The protocol documented by this schema is defined in
      XEP-XXXX: http://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-xxxx.html

  <xs:element name='filter'>
      <xs:choice xmlns:xdata='jabber:x:data'>
        <xs:element ref='xdata:x'/>


Appendix A: Document Information

XMPP Standards Foundation
Standards Track
Last Updated
Approving Body
XMPP Council
XEP-0004, XEP-0030, XEP-0060
Superseded By
Short Name
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Appendix B: Author Information

Timothée Jaussoin
Maxime Buquet


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Appendix D: Relation to XMPP

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Appendix E: Discussion Venue

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Discussion on other xmpp.org discussion lists might also be appropriate; see <https://xmpp.org/about/discuss.shtml> for a complete list.

Errata can be sent to <editor@xmpp.org>.

Appendix F: Requirements Conformance

The following requirements keywords as used in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119: "MUST", "SHALL", "REQUIRED"; "MUST NOT", "SHALL NOT"; "SHOULD", "RECOMMENDED"; "SHOULD NOT", "NOT RECOMMENDED"; "MAY", "OPTIONAL".

Appendix G: Notes

1. XEP-0060: Publish-Subscribe <https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0060.html>.

2. XEP-0277: Microblogging over XMPP <https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0277.html>.

3. XEP-0030: Service Discovery <https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0030.html>.

4. XEP-0004: Data Forms <https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0004.html>.

Appendix H: Revision History

Note: Older versions of this specification might be available at https://xmpp.org/extensions/attic/

  1. Version 0.1.1 (2022-04-22)
    Wording, typos.
  2. Version 0.1.0 (2022-03-08)
    Accepted by vote of Council on 2022-02-09.
    XEP Editor (jsc)
  3. Version 0.0.1 (2022-02-01)

    First draft.

    edhelas, pep

Appendix I: Bib(La)TeX Entry

  title = {PubSub Type Filtering},
  author = {Jaussoin, Timothée and Buquet, Maxime},
  type = {XEP},
  number = {0462},
  version = {0.1.1},
  institution = {XMPP Standards Foundation},
  url = {https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0462.html},
  date = {2022-02-01/2022-04-22},