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Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is is an open, vendor-neutral, industry standard application protocol for accessing and maintaining distributed directory information services. Microsoft's Active Directory (AD) is fully compatible with LDAP. For simplicity, this Manual refers to LDAP and AD when using the term LDAP unless explicitly stated otherwise.

This document assumes that you have a basic understanding of LDAP and that you understand the related terminology.

LDAP integration in SeaTable

SeaTable supports two modes of operation with LDAP:

  • LDAP authentication: SeaTable uses the LDAP Server for user authentication.
  • LDAP synchronisation: SeaTable syncs users and groups with the LDAP server regularly.

Regardless of the mode of operation used, SeaTable requires each user in the LDAP server to have a unique ID.

Additionally, LDAP in SeaTable can be configured to work seamlessly with SAML.

LDAP Authentication

To enable LDAP Authentication (LDAP Auth), add the following parameters to, customize to your environment, and restart the SeaTable service:

Parameter Description Values
ENABLE_LDAP On/off switch for authentication via LDAP True or False
LDAP_PROVIDER Internal name to refer to LDAP as authentication type Alphanumeric string, e.g. 'ldap'
LDAP_SERVER_URL URL of the LDAP server and port if non-standard URL, e.g. 'ldap://'
LDAP_BASE_DN DN of the root node used for querying users - all users under this node can log in LDAP DN
LDAP_ADMIN_DN DN of the user used for querying the LDAP server - user must have the rights to access all information under LDAP_BASE_DN For LDAP: LDAP DN
For AD: LDAP DN or email
LDAP_ADMIN_PASSWORD User password for LDAP_ADMIN_DN user Alphanumeric string
LDAP_USER_UNIQUE_ID Unique user ID in the LDAP server For LDAP: 'EntryUUID'
For AD: 'ObjectGUID'
LDAP_LOGIN_ATTR User attribute used for logging in 'mail', 'userPrincipalName' or 'sAMAccountName'

This is a simple sample configuration:

LDAP_SERVER_URL = 'ldap://'
LDAP_BASE_DN = 'ou=test,ou=test,dc=example,dc=com'

Some tips on how to select LDAP_BASE_DN and LDAP_ADMIN_DN:

  • To determine your LDAP_BASE_DN attribute, you first need to open the graphical interface of the domain manager and browse your organizational structure.
  • If you want all users in the system to be able to access SeaTable, you can use 'cn=users,dc=yourdomain,dc=com' as the BASE option (need to replace your domain name).
  • If you only want people in a certain department to be able to access, you can limit the scope to a certain OU. You can use the dsquery command-line tool to find the DN of the corresponding OU. For example, if the name of the OU is staffs, you can run dsquery ou -name staff. More information can be found here.
  • Although AD supports the use of usernames in email address format as LDAP_ADMIN_DN such as, it sometimes does not correctly recognize this format. At this point, you can use dsquery to find the DN of the user. For example, if the username is seatableuser, run dsquery user -name seatableuser to find the user. More information can be found here.

The following parameters are also available, but optional:

Parameter Description Values
LDAP_FILTER Filter for users who can log in, e.g. a certain security group LDAP filter, e.g. 'memberOf=CN=group,CN=developers,DC=example,DC=com'
LDAP_USER_ROLE_ATTR Name of user role in the LDAP server Attribute name, e.g. title
LDAP_USER_FIRST_NAME_ATTR First part of the user's SeaTable nickname when nickname is spliced; default value is '' Attribute name, e.g. givenName
LDAP_USER_LAST_NAME_ATTR Second part of the user's SeaTable nickname when nickname is spliced; default value is '' Attribute name, e.g. sn
LDAP_USER_NAME_REVERSE Option to reverse order of first name and last name f spliced nickname; default value is False Trueor False
LDAP_SAML_USE_SAME_UID Option to allow users to log in via LDAP and SAML using the same username Trueor False
LDAP_CONTACT_EMAIL_ATTR Alternative attribute as a mail address when LDAP_LOGIN_ATTR is not mail; the attribute overrides the email address imported through LOGIN_ATTR; default value is ''
LDAP_EMPLOYEE_ID_ATTR ID of the employee Attribute name, e.g. 33

To enable LDAP authentication via SASL, add the following parameters to

Parameter Description Values
ENABLE_SASL On/off switch for LDAP authentication via SASL True or False
SASL_MECHANISM SASL mechanism configured on LDAP server SASL mechanism, e.g. DIGEST-MD5, CRAM-MD5, GSSAPI, Plain
SASL_AUTHC_ID_ATTR User attribute used for authentication identity mapping Attribute name, e.g. uid, cn

LDAP Synchronisation

To enable LDAP synchronisation (LDAP Sync), LDAP Auth must be configured and the following parameters added to dtable_web_settings:

Parameter Description Values
LDAP_SYNC_GROUP On/off switch for group sync Trueor False
LDAP_GROUP_MEMBER_ATTR Attribute used when syncing group members For most directory servers, the attributes is "member", which is the default value. For "posixGroup", it should be set to "memberUid".
LDAP_GROUP_MEMBER_UID_ATTR User attribute set in 'memberUid' option, which is used in "posixGroup"; default value is uid
LDAP_USER_OBJECT_CLASS Name of the class used to search for user objects; default value is person
LDAP_GROUP_OBJECT_CLASS Name of the class used to search for group objects; default value is group For LDAP: groupOfNames, groupOfUniqueNames, posixGroup
For AD: group
LDAP_GROUP_UUID_ATTR ...; default value is ObjectGUID For LDAP: refer to
For AD: ObjectGUID
SYNC_GROUP_AS_DEPARTMENT Option to sync LDAP groups as departments rather than SeaTable groups Trueor False
LDAP_DEPARTMENT_NAME_ATTR Name of the department when SYNC_GROUP_AS_DEPARTMENT = True, the default department name is the OU name Object name, e.g. description

Additionally, the following parameters must be added to dtable-events.conf:

enabled = true
sync_interval = 60  # The unit is seconds


In some situations, it is useful to configure LDAP - especially LDAP Sync - and SAML as authentication providers. In this case, SeaTable must be prevented from creating two different users (as identified by the username) for one and the same uidwhen the person authenticates via LDAP and SAML, which would be the default behavior.

Add the following parameter to to instruct SeaTable to use the same username no matter if a user (as identified by its uid) authenticates via LDAP or SAML.


When enabled, SeaTable creates an additional record for the authenticating user in social_auth_usersocialauth when the user logs in using LDAP. This record maps the username to the uid for the SAML provider.