This guide explains how to implement LDAP authentication using an external server. User authentication will fall back to built-in Django users in the event of a failure.


Install openldap-devel

On Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install -y libldap2-dev libsasl2-dev libssl-dev

On CentOS:

sudo yum install -y openldap-devel

Install django-auth-ldap

pip3 install django-auth-ldap


Create a file in the same directory as (typically netbox/netbox/) named Define all of the parameters required below in Complete documentation of all django-auth-ldap configuration options is included in the project's official documentation.

General Server Configuration


When using Windows Server 2012 you may need to specify a port on AUTH_LDAP_SERVER_URI. Use 3269 for secure, or 3268 for non-secure.

import ldap

# Server URI

# The following may be needed if you are binding to Active Directory.
    ldap.OPT_REFERRALS: 0

# Set the DN and password for the NetBox service account.
AUTH_LDAP_BIND_DN = "CN=NETBOXSA, OU=Service Accounts,DC=example,DC=com"

# Include this setting if you want to ignore certificate errors. This might be needed to accept a self-signed cert.
# Note that this is a NetBox-specific setting which sets:
#     ldap.set_option(ldap.OPT_X_TLS_REQUIRE_CERT, ldap.OPT_X_TLS_NEVER)

STARTTLS can be configured by setting AUTH_LDAP_START_TLS = True and using the ldap:// URI scheme.

User Authentication


When using Windows Server 2012, AUTH_LDAP_USER_DN_TEMPLATE should be set to None.

from django_auth_ldap.config import LDAPSearch

# This search matches users with the sAMAccountName equal to the provided username. This is required if the user's
# username is not in their DN (Active Directory).
AUTH_LDAP_USER_SEARCH = LDAPSearch("ou=Users,dc=example,dc=com",

# If a user's DN is producible from their username, we don't need to search.
AUTH_LDAP_USER_DN_TEMPLATE = "uid=%(user)s,ou=users,dc=example,dc=com"

# You can map user attributes to Django attributes as so.
    "first_name": "givenName",
    "last_name": "sn",
    "email": "mail"


When using Microsoft Active Directory, support for nested groups can be activated by using NestedGroupOfNamesType() instead of GroupOfNamesType() for AUTH_LDAP_GROUP_TYPE. You will also need to modify the import line to use NestedGroupOfNamesType instead of GroupOfNamesType .

from django_auth_ldap.config import LDAPSearch, GroupOfNamesType

# This search ought to return all groups to which the user belongs. django_auth_ldap uses this to determine group
# hierarchy.
AUTH_LDAP_GROUP_SEARCH = LDAPSearch("dc=example,dc=com", ldap.SCOPE_SUBTREE,

# Define a group required to login.

# Mirror LDAP group assignments.

# Define special user types using groups. Exercise great caution when assigning superuser status.
    "is_active": "cn=active,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com",
    "is_staff": "cn=staff,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com",
    "is_superuser": "cn=superuser,ou=groups,dc=example,dc=com"

# For more granular permissions, we can map LDAP groups to Django groups.

# Cache groups for one hour to reduce LDAP traffic
  • is_active - All users must be mapped to at least this group to enable authentication. Without this, users cannot log in.
  • is_staff - Users mapped to this group are enabled for access to the administration tools; this is the equivalent of checking the "staff status" box on a manually created user. This doesn't grant any specific permissions.
  • is_superuser - Users mapped to this group will be granted superuser status. Superusers are implicitly granted all permissions.

Troubleshooting LDAP

supervisorctl restart netbox restarts the Netbox service, and initiates any changes made to If there are syntax errors present, the NetBox process will not spawn an instance, and errors should be logged to /var/log/supervisor/.

For troubleshooting LDAP user/group queries, add the following lines to the start of after import ldap.

import logging, logging.handlers
logfile = "/opt/netbox/logs/django-ldap-debug.log"
my_logger = logging.getLogger('django_auth_ldap')
handler = logging.handlers.RotatingFileHandler(
   logfile, maxBytes=1024 * 500, backupCount=5)

Ensure the file and path specified in logfile exist and are writable and executable by the application service account. Restart the netbox service and attempt to log into the site to trigger log entries to this file.