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What is LDIF File Extension - Lightweight Directory Interchange Format

LDIF, stands for Lightweight Directory Interchange Format, is a plain-text file extension used for storing LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) directory data as a set of records and LDAP update requests which includes Add, Modify, Delete, and Rename. LDAP is a software protocol which determine the location of files, devices, organization etc. over TCP/IP network.

Different utilites for LDIF File:
  • OpenLDAP: Tools of this utility are used to export/import data from LDAP servers to LDIF content records and vice versa.
  • LDIFDE: Windows Server 2003 & 2000 have command line utility known as LDIFDE which import & export data in Active Directory.
  • JXplorer: It is a cross platform and open source application, also referred as LDAP browser & editor, used to perform editing of LDIF files.
  • Import & export address book data: Adress Book Compatible with Netscape Communicator & Mozilla Suite LDIF is used to import & export address book data.
LDIF Fields:
  • dn: distinguished name
    Name of the entry in the directory.
  • dc: domain component
    For instance: www.google.com is written as DC=www,DC=google,DC=com
  • ou: organizational unit (or user group)
    For instance: OU= Lawyer, OU= Judge.
  • cn: common name
    It can be person's name; meeting room; job title; etc.

The LDIF file belongs to the category of Text Files.

  • Microsoft Office
  • Application/octet-stream

Error code 8224 while running ldifde.exe to import schema file

  • Cause: Main cause is replication issue with the domain controller. The issue mainly occur if the domain controller is offline.
  • Resolution: To fix replication problem you can use RepAdmin or Active Directory Replication Services Tool. After that AD schema can be extended.

ldif_read_file checksum error

  • Cause: This LDIF file error encounters due to unmatched CRC32 checksum & content of the file.
  • Resolution: Recalculate the checksum