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In the present article, we are going to show a comparison about the most used open source LDAP servers

Name

Sponsor

License

Language

Platform

Supported RFCs

Replication

Administration tools

389 Directory Service

Red Hat

MPL/LGPL/GPL*

C

Linux, Solaris, HP-UX

Details here

Multi-master replication

Yes, a Java desktop client

Apache DS

Apache Software Foundation

Apache License 2.0

Java

Cross platform

Details here

Multi-master replication

Yes, the Apache Directory Studio

OpenDJ

ForgeRock**

CDDL 1.0

Java

Cross platform

Details here

Multi-master replication

Yes, GUI and CLI

OpenLDAP

OpenLDAP Foundation

OpenLDAP Public License

C

Cross platform

Details here

Multi-master replication, RFC 4533

No admin GUI

*Fedora project uses many third-party components. You could check the licensing details here

**OpenDJ is a fork of OpenDS, initiated by Sun Microsystems, now owned by Oracle.

All directory services listed above support LDAPv3

See Also

  • There are many LDAP frontends out there. You can get started with PHPLDAPAdmin or aWebDAP (only LDAPv2).
  • The information contained in this article was extracted from the official web sites, Wikipedia and mailing list archives.