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LDAP Configuration


To integrate customer LDAP (active directory) with OpenSpecimen, following details are required:
  • LDAP/Directory URL
  • Bind user and password
  • User search base
  • User search filter

LDAP directory can be configured using UI(v6.1 onwards) or API. Users can configure one or more LDAP directories at the same time. The LDAP directory names will appear on the login and sign up page as a dropdown.

Configure the LDAP Directory via UI

Super admins can configure LDAP directory via UI (v6.1 onwards) by navigating to Extras from the home page. 

Click on 'Identity Providers' and create a new entry for registering to your LDAP directory. Select the type as LDAP and fill all required details

Once created, the list of all LDAP directories registered are displayed and can be updated if required.

Host URL

LDAP directory URLs have this syntax: ldap[s]://<hostname>:<port>

ldap[s]://URL begins with the ldap:// protocol prefix (or ldaps://, if the server is communicating over an SSL connection) and specifies a search request to be sent to an LDAP server.
<hostname>Name of the LDAP server. Eg.

Port number of LDAP server. Eg. 696

If the port number is not specified, the standard LDAP port 389 is used.

Eg. ldap://

Bind DN

This is required for authenticating to the directory. Eg. "cn=read-only-admin,ou=users,dc=example,dc=com"


Password of the Bind DN user.

Search Base

User search base, from where the search will be started. It might be an empty string like "" or "ou=People".

If Oracle DBMS is used, then an empty string is treated as null, which will fail LDAP authentication. Therefore it is advised to specify the base node from which the search needs to be carried.


Suppose users are resided in following directory:
  1. ou=others,dc=example,dc=com
  2. ou=users,dc=example,dc=com
  3. ou=people,dc-example,dc=com
url - ldap://
SearchFilter - "(uid={0})" or "(sAMAccountName={0})"
SearchBase - ""
Search will start from "dc=example, dc=com", It will search user in all the sub directories.

url - ldap://
SearchFilter - "(uid={0})" or "(sAMAccountName={0})"
SearchBase - "ou=people"
Search will start from "ou=people,dc=example,dc=com". It will search user only in ou=people.
Search FilterSearch user using an attribute. Eg. "(uid={0})" or in case of active directory "(sAMAccountName={0})"

Debugging LDAP Issue

Run the below command on command prompt/terminal and fill the same details as configured on OpenSpecimen UI. This command will give you an error if there is an issue with configuration, and if it works fine, then the same configuration will work in OpenSpecimen.

ldapsearch -x -H <ldap_host> -b "<search_base>" -D "<bind_dn>" -W "objectclass=account"

For Example:

ldapsearch -x -D "cn=Manager,dc=krishagni,dc=in" -H ldap:// -b "ou=People,dc=krishagni,dc=in" -W "uid=test"

The command will prompt for the password. Enter the same password that you entered in the password field on UI.

Here 'test' is the user account created in LDAP, and the same user needs to be created into OpenSpecimen. Here is a wiki page to setup LDAP users. (refer to via UI section)

Delete the LDAP configuration (via backend)

Currently (v7.1), it is not possible to delete the identity provider configuration via UI. This needs to be done via backend using below SQLs.
  1. Note down the domain name and provider id which needs to be deleted.

    select * from os_auth_domains;
  2. Delete the entries of the identity provider and their properties from respective tables.

    delete from os_auth_domains where domain_name='<identity-provider-name-to-be-deleted>';
    delete from os_auth_provider_props where AUTH_PROVIDER_ID = <provider-id-query#1>;
    delete from os_auth_providers where identifier = <provider-id-query#1>;
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