LDAP is the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. It’s a standards-based protocol that sits on top of TCP/IP and allows clients to perform a variety of operations in a directory server, including storing and retrieving data, searching for data matching a given set of criteria, authenticating clients, and more. The standard TCP ports for LDAP are 389 for unencrypted communication and 636 for LDAP over a TLS-encrypted channel, although it’s not uncommon for LDAP servers to listen on alternate ports for a variety of reasons.

This section provides a number of pages to help you get started with LDAP and understand the basic concepts. If you’re looking for the official specifications and other in-depth technical materials, you might want to check out the LDAP Reference Materials section instead.

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