Devise Module for LDAP
Ruby JavaScript Shell
Pull request Compare This branch is 1 commit ahead, 287 commits behind cschiewek:master.
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Failed to load latest commit information.

Devise LDAP Authenticatable

Devise LDAP Authenticatable is a LDAP based authentication strategy for the Devise authentication framework.

If you are building applications for use within your organization which require authentication and you want to use LDAP, this plugin is for you.

For a screencast with an example application, please visit:

Please Note

If you are using rails 2.x then use 0.1.x series of gem, and see the rails2 branch README for instructions.


  • An LDAP server (tested on OpenLDAP)
  • Rails 3.0.0.rc

These gems are dependencies of the gem:

  • Devise 1.1.1
  • net-ldap 0.1.1


Please Note

This will only work for Rails 3 applications.

In the Gemfile for your application:

gem "devise", "1.1.1"
gem "devise_ldap_authenticatable", "0.4.2"

To get the latest version, pull directly from github instead of the gem:

gem "devise_ldap_authenticatable", :git => "git://"


Run the rails generator

rails generate devise_ldap_authenticatable:install

This will install the sample.yml, update the devise.rb initializer, and update your user model. There are some options you can pass to it:

[--user-model=USER_MODEL]  # Model to update
                           # Default: user
[--update-model]           # Update model to change from database_authenticatable to ldap_authenticatable
                           # Default: true
[--add-rescue]             # Update Application Controller with resuce_from for DeviseLdapAuthenticatable::LdapException
                           # Default: true


Devise LDAP Authenticatable works in replacement of Database Authenticatable

Please Note

This devise plugin has not been tested with DatabaseAuthenticatable enabled at the same time. This is meant as a drop in replacement for DatabaseAuthenticatable allowing for a semi single sign on approach.

The field that is used for logins is the first key that's configured in the config/devise.rb file under config.authentication_keys, which by default is email. For help changing this, please see the Railscast that goes through how to customize Devise.


In initializer config/initializers/devise.rb :

  • ldap_logger (default: true)

    • If set to true, will log LDAP queries to the Rails logger.
  • ldap_create_user (default: false)

    • If set to true, all valid LDAP users will be allowed to login and an appropriate user record will be created. If set to false, you will have to create the user record before they will be allowed to login.
  • ldap_config (default: #{Rails.root}/config/ldap.yml)

    • Where to find the LDAP config file. Commented out to use the default, change if needed.
  • ldap_update_password (default: true)

    • When doing password resets, if true will update the LDAP server. Requires admin password in the ldap.yml
  • ldap_check_group_membership (default: false)

    • When set to true, the user trying to login will be checked to make sure they are in all of groups specified in the ldap.yml file.
  • ldap_check_attributes (default: false)

    • When set to true, the user trying to login will be checked to make sure they have all of the attributes in the ldap.yml file.
  • ldap_use_admin_to_bind (default: false)

    • When set to true, the admin user will be used to bind to the LDAP server during authentication.


This has been tested using the following setup:

  • Mac OSX 10.6
  • OpenLDAP 2.4.11
  • REE 1.8.7 (2010.02)

All unit and functional tests are part of a sample rails application under test/rails_app and requires a working LDAP sever. There are config files and setup instructions under test/ldap



View on Pivotal Tracker.

Released under the MIT license

Copyright (c) 2010 Curtis Schiewek, Daniel McNevin