RhodeCode Enterprise supports LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) or AD (active Directory) authentication. All LDAP versions are currently supported.

RhodeCode reads all data defined from plugin and creates corresponding accounts on local database after receiving data from LDAP. This is done on every user log-in including operations like pushing/pulling/checkout.


The email used with your RhodeCode Enterprise super-admin account needs to match the email address attached to your admin profile in LDAP. This is because within RhodeCode Enterprise the user email needs to be unique, and multiple users cannot share an email account.

Likewise, if as an admin you also have a user account, the email address attached to the user account needs to be different.

LDAP Configuration Steps#

To configure LDAP / Active Directory, use the following steps:

  1. From the RhodeCode Enterprise interface, select Admin ‣ Authentication

  2. Activate the LDAP plugin and select Save

  3. Go to newly available menu option called LDAP on the left side.

  4. Check the enabled check box in the plugin configuration section, and fill in the required LDAP information and Save, for more details, see Example LDAP configuration

For a more detailed description of LDAP objects, see LDAP / Active Directory Glossary:

Example LDAP configuration#

Below is example setup that can be used with Active Directory/LDAP server:

*option*: `enabled` => `True`
# Enable or disable this authentication plugin.

*option*: `cache_ttl` => `360`
# Amount of seconds to cache the authentication and permissions check response call for this plugin.
# Useful for expensive calls like LDAP to improve the performance of the system (0 means disabled).

*option*: `host` => `,`
# Host[s] of the LDAP Server
# (e.g.,, or ldap-server.domain.com.
#  Multiple servers can be specified using commas

*option*: `port` => `389`
# Custom port that the LDAP server is listening on. Default value is: 389, use 636 for LDAPS(SSL)

*option*: `timeout` => `300`
# Timeout for LDAP connection

*option*: `dn_user` => `Administrator@rhodecode.com`
# Optional user DN/account to connect to LDAP if authentication is required.
# e.g., cn=admin,dc=mydomain,dc=com, or uid=root,cn=users,dc=mydomain,dc=com, or admin@mydomain.com

*option*: `dn_pass` => `SomeSecret`
# Password to authenticate for given user DN.

*option*: `tls_kind` => `PLAIN`
# TLS Type

*option*: `tls_reqcert` => `NEVER`
# Require Cert over TLS?. Self-signed and custom certificates can be used when
#  `RhodeCode Certificate` found in admin > settings > system info page is extended.

*option*: `tls_cert_file` => ``
# This specifies the PEM-format file path containing certificates for use in TLS connection.
# If not specified `TLS Cert dir` will be used

*option*: `tls_cert_dir` => `/etc/openldap/cacerts`
# This specifies the path of a directory that contains individual CA certificates in separate files.

*option*: `base_dn` => `cn=Rufus Magillacuddy,ou=users,dc=rhodecode,dc=com`
# Base DN to search. Dynamic bind is supported. Add `$login` marker in it to be replaced with current user credentials
# (e.g., dc=mydomain,dc=com, or ou=Users,dc=mydomain,dc=com)

*option*: `filter` => `(objectClass=person)`
# Filter to narrow results
# (e.g., (&(objectCategory=Person)(objectClass=user)), or
# (memberof=cn=rc-login,ou=groups,ou=company,dc=mydomain,dc=com)))

*option*: `search_scope` => `SUBTREE`
# How deep to search LDAP. If unsure set to SUBTREE

*option*: `attr_login` => `sAMAccountName`
# LDAP Attribute to map to user name (e.g., uid, or sAMAccountName)

*option*: `attr_email` => `mail`
# LDAP Attribute to map to email address (e.g., mail).
# Emails are a crucial part of RhodeCode.
# If possible add a valid email attribute to ldap users.

*option*: `attr_firstname` => `givenName`
# LDAP Attribute to map to first name (e.g., givenName)

*option*: `attr_lastname` => `sn`
# LDAP Attribute to map to last name (e.g., sn)