ldapdelete is a shell-accessible interface to the ldap_delete_ext(3)
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
4514. If no DN arguments are provided, a list of DNs is read from
standard input (or from file if the -f flag is used).
-V[V] Print version info. If -VV is given, only the version
information is printed.
Set the LDAP debugging level to debuglevel. ldapdelete must
be compiled with LDAP_DEBUG defined for this option to have
-n Show what would be done, but don't actually delete entries.
Useful for debugging in conjunction with -v.
-v Use verbose mode, with many diagnostics written to standard
-c Continuous operation mode. Errors are reported, but
ldapdelete will continue with deletions. The default is
to exit after reporting an error.
Read a series of DNs from file, one per line, performing an
LDAP delete for each.
-r 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
Use sizelimit when searching for children DN to delete, to
circumvent any server-side size limit. Only useful in
conjunction with -r.
-M[M] Enable manage DSA IT control. -MM makes control critical.
-x Use simple authentication instead of SASL.
Use the Distinguished Name binddn to bind to the LDAP
directory. For SASL binds, the server is expected to ignore
-W Prompt for simple authentication. This is used instead of
specifying the password on the command line.
Use passwd as the password for simple authentication.
Use complete contents of passwdfile as the password for simple
Specify URI(s) referring to the ldap server(s); only the
protocol/host/port fields are allowed; a list of URI,
separated by whitespace or commas is expected.
Specify an alternate host on which the ldap server is running.
Deprecated in favor of -H.
Specify an alternate TCP port where the ldap server is
listening. Deprecated in favor of -H.
Specify the LDAP protocol version to use.
Specify general extensions with -e and delete extensions with
-E. ´!´ indicates criticality.
[!]assert=<filter> (an RFC 4515 Filter)
!authzid=<authzid> ("dn:<dn>" or "u:<user>")
[!]bauthzid (RFC 3829 authzid control)
[!]postread[=<attrs>] (a comma-separated attribute list)
[!]preread[=<attrs>] (a comma-separated attribute list)
abandon,cancel,ignore (SIGINT sends abandon/cancel,
or ignores response; if critical, doesn't wait for SIGINT.
not really controls)
Specify general options.
nettimeout=<timeout> (in seconds, or "none" or "max")
ldif-wrap=<width> (in columns, or "no" for no wrapping)
Specify SASL security properties.
-I Enable SASL Interactive mode. Always prompt. Default is to
prompt only as needed.
-Q Enable SASL Quiet mode. Never prompt.
-N Do not use reverse DNS to canonicalize SASL host name.
Specify the authentication ID for SASL bind. The form of the
identity depends on the actual SASL mechanism used.
Specify the realm of authentication ID for SASL bind. The form
of the realm depends on the actual SASL mechanism used.
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.
-Z[Z] Issue StartTLS (Transport Layer Security) extended operation.
If you use -ZZ, the command will require the operation to be
The following command:
ldapdelete "cn=Delete Me,dc=example,dc=com"
will attempt to delete the entry named "cn=Delete
Me,dc=example,dc=com". Of course it would probably be necessary to
supply authentication credentials.
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