OpenLDAP Software is a free, open source implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) developed by the OpenLDAP Project. LDAP is a platform-independent protocol for querying and modifying data using directory services running over TCP/IP.

It is released under its own BSD-style license called the OpenLDAP Public License. The OpenLDAP Project was started in 1998 by Kurt Zeilenga which was initially based on a clone of the LDAP reference implementation from the University of Michigan.

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