ldap(3) -- Linux man page
NAMEldap - OpenLDAP Lightweight Directory Access Protocol API
LIBRARYOpenLDAP LDAP (libldap, -lldap)
The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) (RFC 3377) provides access to X.500 directory services. These services may be stand-alone or part of a distributed directory service. This client API supports LDAP over TCP (RFC2251), LDAP over TLS/SSL, and LDAP over IPC (UNIX domain sockets). This API supports SASL (RFC2829) and Start TLS (RFC2830) as well as a number of protocol extensions. This API is loosely based upon IETF/LDAPEXT C LDAP API draft specification, a (orphaned) work in progress.
The OpenLDAP Software package includes a stand-alone server in slapd(8), various LDAP clients, and an LDAP client library used to provide programmatic access to the LDAP protocol. This man page gives an overview of the LDAP library routines.
Both synchronous and asynchronous APIs are provided. Also included are various routines to parse the results returned from these routines. These routines are found in the -lldap library.
The basic interaction is as follows. A session handle is created using ldap_initialize(3) and set the protocol version to 3 by calling ldap_set_option(3). The underlying session is established first operation is issued. This would generally be a Start TLS or Bind operation. A Start TLS operation is performed by calling ldap_start_tls_s(3). A LDAP bind operation is performed by calling ldap_sasl_bind(3) or one of its friends. Subsequently, other operations are performed by calling one of the synchronous or asynchronous routines (e.g., ldap_search_ext_s(3) or ldap_search_ext(3) followed by ldap_result(3)). Results returned from these routines are interpreted by calling the LDAP parsing routines such as ldap_parse_result(3). The LDAP association and underlying connection is terminated by calling ldap_unbind_ext(3). Errors can be interpreted by calling ldap_err2string(3).
LDAP versionsThis library supports version 3 of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAPv3) as defined in RFC 3377. It also supports a varient of version 2 of LDAP as defined by U-Mich LDAP and, to some degree, RFC 1777. Version 2 (all varients) should be viewed as obsolete. Version 3 should be used instead.
For backwards compatibility reasons, the library defaults to version 2. Hence, all new applications (and all actively maintained applications) should use ldap_set_option(3) to select version 3. The library manual pages assume version 3 has been selected.
INPUT and OUTPUT PARAMETERSAll character string input/output is expected to be/is UTF-8 encoded Unicode (version 3.2).
Distinguished names (DN) (and relative distinguished names (RDN) to be passed to the LDAP routines should conform to RFC 2253. The ldap_explode_dn(3) routines can be used to work with DNs.
Search filters to be passed to the search routines are to be constructed by hand and should conform to RFC 2254.
LDAP URL are to be passed to routines are expected to conform to RFC 2255. The ldap_url(3) routines can be used to work with LDAP URLs.
DISPLAYING RESULTSResults obtained from the search routines can be output by hand, by calling ldap_first_entry(3) and ldap_next_entry(3) to step through the entries returned, ldap_first_attribute(3) and ldap_next_attribute(3) to step through an entry's attributes, and ldap_get_values(3) to retrieve a given attribute's values. Attribute values may or may not be displayable.
UTILITY ROUTINESAlso provided are various utility routines. The ldap_sort(3) routines are used to sort the entries and values returned via the ldap search routines.
BER LIBRARYAlso included in the distribution is a set of lightweight Basic Encoding Rules routines. These routines are used by the LDAP library routines to encode and decode LDAP protocol elements using the (slightly simplified) Basic Encoding Rules defined by LDAP. They are not normally used directly by an LDAP application program except in the handling of controls and extended operations. The routines provide a printf and scanf-like interface, as well as lower-level access. These routines are discussed in lber-decode(3), lber-encode(3), lber-memory(3), and lber-types(3).
- initialize the LDAP library without opening a connection to a server
- wait for the result from an asynchronous operation
- abandon (abort) an asynchronous operation
- asynchronously add an entry
- synchronously add an entry
- asynchronously bind to the directory
- synchronously bind to the directory
- synchronously unbind from the LDAP server and close the connection
- equivalent to ldap_unbind_ext(3)
- dispose of memory allocated by LDAP routines.
- asynchronously compare to a directory entry
- synchronously compare to a directory entry
- asynchronously delete an entry
- synchronously delete an entry
- LDAP error indication
- list of LDAP errors and their meanings
- convert LDAP error indication to a string
- return first attribute name in an entry
- return next attribute name in an entry
- return first entry in a chain of search results
- return next entry in a chain of search results
- return number of entries in a search result
- extract the DN from an entry
- convert a DN into its component parts (deprecated)
- convert an RDN into its component parts (deprecated)
- return an attribute's values with lengths
- free memory allocated by ldap_get_values_len(3)
- return number of values
- asynchronously modify an entry
- synchronously modify an entry
- free array of pointers to mod structures used by ldap_modify_ext(3)
- asynchronously rename an entry
- synchronously rename an entry
- free results allocated by ldap_result(3)
- return the message type of a message from ldap_result(3)
- return the message id of a message from ldap_result(3)
- asynchronously search the directory
- synchronously search the directory
- check a URL string to see if it is an LDAP URL
- break up an LDAP URL string into its components
- sort a list of search results
- sort a list of attribute values
- case insensitive string comparison
SEE ALSOldap.conf(5), slapd(8), draft-ietf-ldapext-ldap-c-api-xx.txt <http://www.ietf.org>
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSOpenLDAP is developed and maintained by The OpenLDAP Project (http://www.openldap.org/). OpenLDAP is derived from University of Michigan LDAP 3.3 Release.
These API manual pages are loosely based upon descriptions provided in the IETF/LDAPEXT C LDAP API Internet Draft, a (orphaned) work in progress.