There are a lot of LDAP-enabled applications out there. Many of them can use LDAP in some way, even if that is not the primary purpose of the application. For example, many email client have the ability to use an LDAP server as an address book, and many web containers have support for authenticating against an LDAP server. But there are also numerous applications and utilities whose core purpose involves LDAP communication. Some of those are listed here.

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LDAP Browsers and Editors

Graphical tools for interacting with the data in an LDAP directory server.

LDAP Command-Line Tools

Each of the following products provides a number of command-line tools for interacting with directory servers:

  • OpenLDAP:

    • ldapadd
    • ldapcompare
    • ldapdelete
    • ldapexop
    • ldapmodify
    • ldapmodrdn
    • ldappasswd
    • ldapsearch
    • ldapurl
    • ldapwhoami
  • Ping Identity Directory Server (plus all tools in the UnboundID LDAP SDK for Java):

    • ldap-diff
    • ldap-result-code
    • ldappasswordmodify
    • ldif-diff
    • ldifsearch
    • ldifsearch
    • make-ldif
    • parallel-update
    • watch-entry
  • UnboundID LDAP SDK for Java:

    • authrate
    • base64
    • generate-schema-from-source
    • generate-source-from-schema
    • identify-references-to-missing-entries
    • identify-unique-attribute-conflicts
    • in-memory-directory-server
    • ldap-debugger
    • ldapcompare
    • ldapmodify
    • ldapsearch
    • manage-certificates
    • modrate
    • move-subtree
    • search-and-mod-rate
    • searchrate
    • split-ldif
    • transform-ldif
    • validate-ldif

In addition, the following additional command-line tools are available:

LDAP Data Synchronization

Most directory servers provide some level of support for replicating their data with other directory servers of the same type. But if you want to synchronize data between servers of different types, or if you want to synchronize data between a directory server and some other type of repository, you’ll need a more specialized tool, like the following:

LDAP Gateways

These gateways provide support for interacting with the data in an LDAP directory server through an alternative (usually web-based) protocol:

Name Services Support

In the enterprise, directory servers are often used to authenticate users to workstations and servers. The following tools can help with that: