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ldapdelete − LDAP delete entry tool


ldapdelete [−n] [−v] [−k] [−K] [−c] [−M[M]] [−d debuglevel] [−f file] [−D binddn] [−W] [−w passwd] [−H ldapuri] [−h ldaphost] [−P 2|3] [−p ldapport] [−O security-properties] [−U authcid] [−x] [−I] [−Q] [−X authzid] [−Y mech] [−Z[Z]] [dn]...


ldapdelete is a shell-accessible interface to the ldap_delete(3) 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 2253. If no dn arguments are provided, a list of DNs is read from standard input (or from file if the -f flag is used).



Show what would be done, but don’t actually delete entries. Useful for debugging in conjunction with -v.


Use verbose mode, with many diagnostics written to standard output.


Use Kerberos IV authentication instead of simple authentication. It is assumed that you already have a valid ticket granting ticket. This option only has effect if ldapdelete is compiled with Kerberos support.


Same as −k, but only does step 1 of the Kerberos IV bind. This is useful when connecting to a slapd and there is no x500dsa.hostname principal registered with your Kerberos Domain Controller(s).


Continuous operation mode. Errors are reported, but ldapdelete will continue with deletions. The default is to exit after reporting an error.


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

−d debuglevel

Set the LDAP debugging level to debuglevel. ldapdelete must be compiled with LDAP_DEBUG defined for this option to have any effect.

−f file

Read a series of lines from file, performing one LDAP search for each line. In this case, the filter given on the command line is treated as a pattern where the first occurrence of %s is replaced with a line from file.


Use simple authentication instead of SASL.

−D binddn

Use the Distinguished Name binddn to bind to the LDAP directory.


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.

−H ldapuri

Specify URI(s) referring to the ldap server(s).

−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.

−P 2|3

Specify the LDAP protocol version to use.


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.

−O security-properties

Specify SASL security properties.


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


Enable SASL Quiet mode. Never prompt.

−U authcid

Specify the authentication ID for SASL bind. The form of the identity 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 with commonName "Delete Me" directly below the "dc=example, dc=com" entry. Of course it would probably be necessary to supply authentication credentials.


Exit status is 0 if no errors occur. Errors result in a non-zero exit status and a diagnostic message being written to standard error.


ldap.conf(5), ldapadd(1), ldapmodify(1), ldapmodrdn(1), ldapsearch(1), ldap(3), ldap_delete(3)


There is no interactive mode, but there probably should be.


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


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