Version 13 (modified by branson, 7 years ago) (diff)


Active Directory Auth Plugin


The Active Directory Auth Plugin is a password store for the AccountManagerPlugin that provides authentication and groups from Active Directory.

Users are authenticated by performing an ldap_bind against the AD server using their credentials. The plugin will also pull the email address and display name from Active Directory and populate the session_attribute table. See Populating ''Assign To'' Drop Down in Trac for more information on why.


  • One can specify a group which users must be a member of in order to log in.
  • Additionally, one may specify an admin group. If a user is a member of the admin group, then they will automatically be granted the TRAC_ADMIN permission.
  • Finally, ActiveDirectory groups are extended into the trac namespace. They can be used to extend permissions by AD group.
    • AD groups are prefixed by @
    • group names are lowercase and spaces are replaced with underscores.

See GroupManagement for more details.


Given the expense of traversing the network for authorizations, a two-stage cache has been implemented. This caches data in the database for all instances of python, and in memory for each instance; while maintaining expiration and flushing the cache(s) as necessary. See: CacheManagement for details.

Bugs/Feature Requests

Existing bugs and feature requests for ActiveDirectoryAuthPlugin are here.

If you have any issues, create a new ticket.


Download the zipped source from [download:activedirectoryauthplugin here]


You can check out ActiveDirectoryAuthPlugin from here using Subversion, or browse the source with Trac.




Follow the Trac documentation on how to install Trac plugins

  • starting with 0.3, a database upgrade will be required as part of the installation.
    1. install the plugin and it's prerequisites
    2. update the database
        trac-admin /var/trac/instance upgrade
    3. restart apache


All config options go under the [account-manager] config heading. Options for this module are:

#--to use this module with AccountManager, ADAuthStore must be enabled inside of AccountManager
password_store = ADAuthStore
#--define the Active Directory host address here.  A port other than default(389) is set as
#  hostname:port
ad_server =
#-- the Active Directory's base DN to search from, this is likely just your domain
base_dn = DC=example,DC=com
#-- the user/password to search active directory from, it must be a valid
bind_dn =
bind_passwd = ldapuserpassword
#-- show disabled users
#   remember users MUST have logged in to get into the session table before they
#   show up.  
show_disabled_users = 1
#-- timeout for an ldap operation before in seconds
ldap_timeout = 5
#-- the default charset for the ldap server
charset = utf-9
#-- the DN (distinguishing name) for the group that contains users that can login to Trac
#   if this isn't specified then any valid user in active directory is accepted
auth_group = CN=Alltechs,OU=Mail enabled groups,OU=Email,DC=serverplus,DC=com
#-- the DN for the group that contains users that should have the TRAC_ADMIN
#   permission.  If this option is not given, no user groups will be give the
#   TRAC_ADMIN permission.  This this option is enabled you must specify the
#   UserExtensiblePermissionStore as the trac permission store, such as:
#   [trac]
#   permission_store = UserExtensiblePermissionStore
admin_group = CN=Administration,DC=example,DC=com
#-- cached entry timeout in seconds 
cache_timeout = 90
#-- memorycache size in entries
memcache_size = 100
#-- memory cache prune size in percentage
memcache_prune_percent = 5

permission_store = UserExtensiblePermissionStore

If you are unsure of what the DNs for your groups are, you may want to use an LDAP browser to inspect your Active Directory schema to find out a group's DN.

Common Errors

If you see Trac throwing an exception similar to "OPERATIONS_ERROR: In order to perform this operation a successful bind must be completed on the connection" when you know the bind user/pass is correct you will want to try connection to active directory on port 3268. This may happen when AD is running across multiple machines.

Recent Changes

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Author: pacopablo
Maintainer: sandinak