OpenLDAP for Windows installation

You can download the latest version of OpenLDAP for Windows from this page. The installation is pretty straightforward. After running openldapforWindows.exe, you will be prompted for OpenLDAP for Windows installation.

Security warning dialog

On a machine with activated UAC the standard security warning dialog appears. You should click Run to follow to the Welcome screen.

Security warning dialog

After passing the security dialog the Welcome page starts the installation assistant.

OpenLDAP for Windows installation Welcome screen

License Agreement

The next screen is the End-User License Agreement for OpenLDAP for Windows, which allows you to use the software for free under Common Public License (CPL). You must accept the terms of the agreement to get to the next screen.

OpenLDAP for Windows setup Common Public License (CPL)

The necessary prerequisites are listed on the following screen. The existence of these modules will be detected automatically. The installation progress is displayed by a rotating wheel together with a status message in the affected row.

OpenLDAP for Windows Common Prerequisites

The Destination Folder screen enables you to select the location the software will be installed to.

Destination Folder

Product features and prerequisites

The next screen, Custom Setup, allows you to exclude some features of OpenLDAP for Windows if you do not need them.


The below table contains the features and prerequisites and their descriptions.

OpenLDAP Client ToolsNoCommand line utilities (ldapsearch, ldapcompare, ldapexop, etc.) for working with LDAP entries
OpenLDAP ServerYesOpenLDAP server components with different backend modules like LDIF, BDB, SQL DATABASE, etc.
BDB Backend ToolsNoBerkley Database tools
OpenLDAP ServiceYesConfigures and starts the OpenLDAP daemon
DejaVu Sans Mono Font for Windows ConsoleYesInstalls a DejaVu Sans Mono font and adds it to the list of fonts available to the console. The font provides a wide range of Unicode characters./td>

The Additional Settings screen can be helpful if you need to change the default settings: your servername or IP address and the open and SSL ports of the OpenLDAP server. You can also turn on or off the option for activating the statistics for the OpenLDAP instance. You can manage the server properties remotely without restarting the the service by checking the dynamic configuration backend option.

Server Settings


During the installation process the firewall settings will be changed accordingly to the port configuration in the dialog above.

Firewall settings

The page Backend Configuration offers up to five different Backend engines.

Backend Configuration

The table below contains the available modules and their descriptions.

BDBBerkeley Database Backend
MDBMemory Mapped Database
LDAPProxy-Server in front of the real LDAP Server
LDIFThis module saves the results in LDIF files
SQL ServerMicrosoft SQL Server 2005/2008

The page BDB Backend Settings configures the password for the root-user. Optionally you can enable the statistics.

OpenLDAP for Windows installation Berkeley Database

The page MDBBackend Settings configures the password for the root-user. Optionally you can enable the statistics. An introduction for this backend type you can find here

Memory Mapped Database

The page LDAP Backend Settings configures a so called Proxy-Server, which redirects the requests to the real LDAP server. Please refer to the documentation of the producer for all available options.


The page LDIF Backend Settings configures the Backend module saving the results in LDIF files. Please refer to the documentation of the producer for all available options.

OpenLDAP for Windows setup LDAP-Backend

The page SQL-Server Backend Settings configures a relational database for saving the objects. The SQL server Microsoft SQL-Server 2005/2008 will be supported. An installed version of the product is necessary to use this option. Please refer to the documentation of the producer for all available options.


The last screen, Ready to install OpenLDAP for Windows, allows you to start the installation process or return back and make any changes to the settings on the previous screens.

Ready to Install

The progress of the installation is shown in the following dialog page.

OpenLDAP for Windows install progress

The result of the installation is shown in the final page of the installation wizard.


After the installation is complete, you can open the folder to where OpenLDAP was installed and start using the package to your your best advantage. The following credentials are valid by using the default settings.

User: cn=Manager,dc=maxcrc,dc=com

Password: secret