Using Active Directory

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DreamFactoryTutorialsUsing Active Directory
      1. Tutorial

To use Active Directory (AD) authentication over LDAP in a DreamFactory Instance, you must have the PHP LDAP extension enabled. In APT the package is `php5-ldap`, in Yum it's `php-ldap`, and in Windows Bitnami instances it's provided as `php_ldap.dll`.

You can then provision an AD service from the 'Services' tab in Admin Console. Click on the 'Create' button on the services tab to create a new service. Select 'adLdap Integration' from the 'Service Type' drop down menu. For the name field use a short, meaningful, one word name for your service. This will be used as your AD service identifier. Fill out rest of the information on this form and then go to 'Config' tab.

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On the config form you will need to provide all the details of your AD server and select a default role for your AD service. This role will be assigned (for all applications in the system) to all users signing in using this AD service.

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> _Note: Username and Password fields are optional. Provide your Active Directory Username and Password to enable additional features of this service._

      1. API Endpoint
POST https://your-url/api/v2/user/session?service={ad_service_name}
    "username" : "user_name",
    "password" : "password"

-- OR --

POST https://your-url/api/v2/user/session
    "username" : "user_name",
    "password" : "password",
    "service"  : "ad_service_name"
      1. Example - Sign-in using Active Directory Authentication
  • Service name: demo
  • Request URL:
    POST https://your-url/api/v2/user/session?service=demo
   "username" : "user_name",
   "password" : "password"
  • Response:
    "session_token": “abc.123abc.efg,
    "session_id": “abc.123abc.efg,
    "id": 1,
    "name": "John",
    "first_name": "John",
    "last_name": "Doe",
    "email": "[email protected]",
    "is_sys_admin": false,
    "last_login_date": "2015-06-30 16:46:59",
    "host": "your-url"