LDAP delete entry tool 



ldapdelete [-V V] [-d debuglevel] [-n ] [-v ] [-c ] [-f file] [-r ] [-z sizelimit] [-M M] [-x ] [-D bindn] [-W ] [-w passwd] [-y psswdfile] [-H ldapurl] [-h ldaphost] [-p ldapport] [-P {2|3}] [-e [!]ext[=extparam]] [-E [!]ext[=extparam]] [-o opt[=outparam]] [-O security-properties] [-I ] [-Q ] [-N ] [-U authcid] [-R realm] [-X authzip] [-Y mech] [-Z Z] [DN [...]


ldapdelete is a shell-accessible interface to the ldap_delete_ext() library call. ldapdelete opens a connection to an LDAP server, binds, and deletes one or more entries. If one or more DN arguments are provided, entries with those Distinguished Names are deleted. Each DN should be provided using the LDAPv3 string representation as defined in RFC 4514. If no DN arguments are provided, a list of DNs is read from standard input (or from file if the -f flag is used).



Print version info. If -VV is given, only the version information is printed.

-d debuglevel 

Set the LDAP debugging level to debuglevel. ldapsearch must be compiled with LDAP_DEBUG defined for this option to have any effect. The PTC MKS Toolkit port does not define LDAP_DEBUG.


Show what would be done, but don't actually perform the search. Useful for debugging in conjunction with -v.


Run in verbose mode, with many diagnostics written to standard output.


Continuous operation mode. Errors are reported, but ldapsearch will continue with searches. The default is to exit after reporting an error. Only useful in conjunction with -f.

-z sizelimit 

retrieve at most sizelimit entries for a search. A sizelimit of 0 (zero) or none means no limit. A sizelimit of max means the maximum integer allowable by the protocol. A server may impose a maximal sizelimit which only the root user may override.

-f file 

Read the entry modification information from file instead of from standard input.


Do a recursive delete. If the DN specified isn't a leaf, its children, and all their children are deleted down the tree. No verification is done, so if you add this switch, ldapdelete will happily delete large portions of your tree. Use with care.


Enable manage DSA IT control. -MM makes control critical.


Use simple authentication instead of SASL.

-D binddn 

Use the Distinguished Name binddn to bind to the LDAP directory. For SASL binds, the server is expected to ignore this value.


Prompt for simple authentication. This is used instead of specifying the password on the command line.

-w passwd 

Use passwd as the password for simple authentication.

-y passwdfile 

Use complete contents of passwdfile as the password for simple authentication.

-H ldapuri 

Specify URI(s) referring to the ldap server(s); a list of URI, separated by whitespace or commas is expected; only the protocol/host/port fields are allowed. As an exception, if no host/port is specified, but a DN is, the DN is used to look up the corresponding host(s) using the DNS SRV records, according to RFC 2782. The DN must be a non-empty sequence of AVAs whose attribute type is "dc" (domain component), and must be escaped according to RFC 2396.

-h ldaphost 

Specify an alternate host on which the ldap server is running. Deprecated in favor of -H.

-p ldapport 

Specify an alternate TCP port where the ldap server is listening. Deprecated in favor of -H.


Specify the LDAP protocol version to use.


Specify general extensions with -e and search extensions with -E. '!' indicates criticality. General extensions:

[!]assert=<filter>   (an RFC 4515 Filter)
[!]authzid=<authzid> ("dn:<dn>" or "u:<user>")
[!]postread[=<attrs>]        (a comma-separated attribute list)
[!]preread[=<attrs>] (a comma-separated attribute list)
abandon,cancel,ignore (SIGINT sends abandon/cancel; or ignores repsonse; ; If critical doesn't wait for SIGINT. not really controls)

Search extensions:

[!]domainScope                       (domain scope)
[!]mv=<filter>                       (matched values filter)
[!]pr=<size>[/prompt|noprompt]       (paged results/prompt)
[!]sss=[-]<attr[:OID]>[/[-]<attr[:OID]>...]  (server side sorting)
[!]subentries[=true|false]           (subentries)
[!]sync=ro[/<cookie>]                (LDAP Sync refreshOnly)
        rp[/<cookie>][/<slimit>]     (LDAP Sync refreshAndPersist)
[!]vlv=<before>/<after>(/<offset>/<count>|:<value>)  (virtual list view)
-o opt[=optparam

Specify general options. General options:

nettimeout=<timeout>  (in seconds, or "none" or "max")
-O security-properties 

Specify SASL security properties.


Enable SASL Interactive mode. Always prompt. Default is to prompt only as needed.


Do not use reverse DNS to canonicalize SASL host name.

-U authcid 

Specify the authentication ID for SASL bind. The form of the ID depends on the actual SASL mechanism used.

-R realm 

Specify the realm of authentication ID for SASL bind. The form of the realm depends on the actual SASL mechanism used.

-X authzid 

Specify the requested authorization ID for SASL bind. authzid must be one of the following formats: dn:<distinguished name> or u:<username>.

-Y mech 

Specify the SASL mechanism to be used for authentication. If it's not specified, the program will choose the best mechanism the server knows.


Issue StartTLS (Transport Layer Security) extended operation. If you use -ZZ, the command will require the operation to be successful.


The following command:

ldapdelete "cn=Delete Me,dc=example,dc=com"

will attempt to delete the entry named "cn=Delete Me,dc=example,dc=com". Of course it would probably be necessary to supply authentication credentials.


Possible exit status values are: Exit status is zero if no errors occur. Errors result in a non-zero exit status and a diagnostic message being written to standard error.


Linux. All UNIX systems. Windows Server 2012. Windows 8.1. Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows 10. Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2019.


The OpenLDAP Project <http://www.openldap.org/>


OpenLDAP Software is developed and maintained by The OpenLDAP Project <http://www.openldap.org/>. OpenLDAP Software is derived from University of Michigan LDAP 3.3 Release.


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ldapadd, ldapmodify, ldapmodrdn, ldapsearch

ldap(), ldap_delete_ext()

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