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Overview of the LDAP C API

by Timothy A. Howes, Ph.D., and Mark C. Smith - May 30, 2000

Overview of the

Synopsis and Objectives


The Core LDAP Functions


Typical Use of the LDAP Library


Synchronous Versus Asynchronous Use of the LDAP C API






This tutorial provides an introduction to the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) C Language API.

Synopsis and Objectives

This tutorial will enable you to do the following:

  • Recognize the core functions of the LDAP C API
  • Understand the typical use of the LDAP library
  • Walk step by step through a typical use of the LDAP library
  • Overview synchronous versus asynchronous use of the LDAP C API

The tutorial presupposes knowledge of LDAP and experience with C language programming. For an introduction to LDAP, see the tutorial "Fundamentals of LDAP," which includes a description of LDAP's client-server paradigm.

The source code for all of the examples in this tutorial is available online at




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