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).
-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 output.
-k 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.
-K Same as -k, but only does step 1 of the Kerberos IV bind. This is useful when con-
necting to a slapd and there is no x500dsa.hostname principal registered with your
Kerberos Domain Controller(s).
-c Continuous operation mode. Errors are reported, but ldapdelete will continue
with deletions. The default is to exit after reporting an error.
-M[M] Enable manage DSA IT control. -MM makes control critical.
Set the LDAP debugging level to debuglevel. ldapdelete must be compiled with
LDAP_DEBUG defined for this option to have any effect.
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.
-x Use simple authentication instead of SASL.
Use the Distinguished Name binddn to bind to the LDAP directory.
-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.
Specify URI(s) referring to the ldap server(s).
Specify an alternate host on which the ldap server is running. Deprecated in favor
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.
-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
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.
Specify the authentication ID for SASL bind. The form of the identity 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>
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 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 authenti-
Exit status is 0 if no errors occur. Errors result in a non-zero exit status and a diag-
nostic message being written to standard error.
ldap.conf(5), ldapadd(1), ldapmodify(1), ldapmodrdn(1), ldapsearch(1), ldap(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.
OpenLDAP 2.0.27-Release 20 August 2001 LDAPDELETE(1)