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What are LDIF files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a LDIF file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your LDIF files.

What is a LDIF file?

A .LDIF file is a LDAP Data Interchange Format file.

Files that contain the .ldif file extension are most commonly associated with LDAP directories. LDAP is an acronym for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. LDAP is an Internet protocol that allows email programs and other applications to look up information on a specified server.

The LDIF files that are used by these LDAP directories are used to describe a specific directory and the entries that are contained within that directory. The LDIF file also stores any changes that have been made to the directory entries.

How to open LDIF files

Important: Different programs may use files with the LDIF file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your LDIF file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested four different LDIF openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: November 14, 2022

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of LDIF files. Remember, different programs may use LDIF files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Mozilla ThunderbirdMozilla ThunderbirdUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Softerra LDAP AdministratorSofterra LDAP AdministratorUser submitted
MozillaMozillaUser submitted

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