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Django LDAP authentication backend

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This is a Django authentication backend that authenticates against an LDAP service. Configuration can be as simple as a single distinguished name template, but there are many rich configuration options for working with users, groups, and permissions.


Install the package with pip:

$ pip install django-auth-ldap

It requires python-ldap >= 3.1. You’ll need the OpenLDAP libraries and headers available on your system.

To use the auth backend in a Django project, add 'django_auth_ldap.backend.LDAPBackend' to AUTHENTICATION_BACKENDS. Do not add anything to INSTALLED_APPS.


LDAPBackend should work with custom user models, but it does assume that a database is present.

Example Configuration

Here is a complete example configuration from that exercises nearly all of the features. In this example, we’re authenticating against a global pool of users in the directory, but we have a special area set aside for Django groups (ou=django,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com). Remember that most of this is optional if you just need simple authentication. Some default settings and arguments are included for completeness.

import ldap
from django_auth_ldap.config import LDAPSearch, GroupOfNamesType

# Baseline configuration.

AUTH_LDAP_BIND_DN = 'cn=django-agent,dc=example,dc=com'
# Or:
# AUTH_LDAP_USER_DN_TEMPLATE = 'uid=%(user)s,ou=users,dc=example,dc=com'

# Set up the basic group parameters.
AUTH_LDAP_GROUP_TYPE = GroupOfNamesType(name_attr='cn')

# Simple group restrictions
AUTH_LDAP_REQUIRE_GROUP = 'cn=enabled,ou=django,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com'
AUTH_LDAP_DENY_GROUP = 'cn=disabled,ou=django,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com'

# Populate the Django user from the LDAP directory.
    'first_name': 'givenName',
    'last_name': 'sn',
    'email': 'mail',

    'is_active': 'cn=active,ou=django,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com',
    'is_staff': 'cn=staff,ou=django,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com',
    'is_superuser': 'cn=superuser,ou=django,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com',

# This is the default, but I like to be explicit.

# Use LDAP group membership to calculate group permissions.

# Cache distinguished names and group memberships for an hour to minimize
# LDAP traffic.

# Keep ModelBackend around for per-user permissions and maybe a local
# superuser.


If you’d like to contribute, the best approach is to send a well-formed pull request, complete with tests and documentation. Pull requests should be focused: trying to do more than one thing in a single request will make it more difficult to process.

If you have a bug or feature request you can try logging an issue.

There’s no harm in creating an issue and then submitting a pull request to resolve it. This can be a good way to start a conversation and can serve as an anchor point.

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