OpenLDAP

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OpenLDAP
OpenLDAP-logo.png
Developer(s) OpenLDAP Foundation
Initial release August 26, 1998; 22 years ago (1998-08-26)[1][2]
Stable release

2.4.58  (March 16, 2021; 4 months ago (2021-03-16))

[±]
Preview release none [±]
Written in C
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multilingual
Type Network management software
User management software
License(s) OpenLDAP Public License[3]
Website OpenLDAP.org

OpenLDAP is an open-source implementation of the platform-independent Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) developed by the OpenLDAP Project and is released under its own BSD-style license called the OpenLDAP Public License.[3] Several common Linux distributions include OpenLDAP Software for LDAP support. The software also runs on BSD-variants, as well as AIX, Android, HP-UX, Mac OS X, Solaris, Microsoft Windows, and z/OS.

Product history

The OpenLDAP Project was started on August 25, 1998 by Kurt Zeilenga, followed up with a release of version 1.0 the next day.[2][1] The project started by cloning the LDAP reference source from the University Of Michigan, where a long-running project had supported development and evolution of the LDAP protocol. The program moved up to version 2.0 a couple of years later.[4]

As of May 2012, the OpenLDAP Project has three core team members: Howard Chu (Chief Architect), Pierangelo Masarati, and Kurt Zeilenga.[5]. There are numerous other important and active contributors including Luke Howard, Hallvard Furuseth, Quanah Gibson-Mount, and Gavin Henry.

Additionally, the OpenLDAP Project is home to a number of sub-projects:

  • Fortress - Role-based identity access management Java SDK
  • JLDAP - LDAP Class Libraries for Java
  • JDBC-LDAP - Java JDBC - LDAP Bridge Driver

Features

Some of the primary features of OpenLDAP include[6]:

  • LDAPv3 support
  • IPv6 support
  • LDAP over IPC
  • updated C API
  • LDIFv1 support
  • enhanced stand-alone LDAP server

Hardware/software requirements

OpenLDAP installation requirements vary based on the features desired. Those prerequisites can be found on OpenLDAP's FAQ-O-Matic.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

A few OpenLDAP instructional videos can be found on YouTube.

Entities using OpenLDAP

Further reading

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "ftp.ntua.gr:/mirror/OpenLDAP/openldap-release/". National Technical University of Athens. http://ftp.ntua.gr/mirror/OpenLDAP/openldap-release/. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Zeilenga, Kurt (27 August 2007). "Development of OpenLDAP - Re: Reminder: 10 Year Anniversary next year". gmane.org. http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.network.openldap.devel/5524. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "OpenLDAP Public License for 2.4.30". OpenLDAP Foundation. http://www.openldap.org/software/release/license.html. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  4. "OpenLDAP Release Road Map". OpenLDAP Foundation. http://www.openldap.org/software/roadmap.html. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  5. "The OpenLDAP Project Overview". OpenLDAP Foundation. http://www.openldap.org/project/. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  6. "25.1.1. OpenLDAP Features". Red Hat Enterprise Linux Deployment Guide. Red Hat, Inc. 2007. http://www.centos.org/docs/5/html/5.1/Deployment_Guide/s1-ldap-v3.html. Retrieved 15 March 2012.