A handy shell-like interface for browsing LDAP servers and editing their content. It keeps command history, has sane autocompletes, credential caching, site-wide and individual configs, and it's fun to say. Shelldap! Shelldap! Shelldap!


% shelldap 
~ > [ tab ]
~ > 
cat     clear   cp      delete  env     grep    id      ls      move    passwd  read    search  touch   whoami  
cd      copy    create  edit    exit    help    list    mkdir   mv      pwd     rm      setenv  vi      
~ > cd ou=People
ou=People,~ > cat uid=ma[ tab ]
ou=People,~ > cat uid=mahlon

dn: uid=mahlon,ou=People,dc=laika,dc=com
objectClass: inetOrgPerson
objectClass: organizationalPerson
objectClass: person
objectClass: top
objectClass: posixAccount
objectClass: shadowAccount
objectClass: apple-user
cn: Mahlon E. Smith
departmentNumber: Technology - IT
displayName: Mahlon
gecos: Mahlon E. Smith
gidNumber: 200
givenName: Mahlon
homeDirectory: /home/m/mahlon
l: Ghetto
loginShell: /bin/tcsh
mobile: 1+8829999005747
sn: Smith
title: Manager, Information Systems
uid: mahlon
uidNumber: 20933
userPassword: *

ou=People,~ > 


You can download the latest script here.

It is also available via the FreeBSD ports system, OS X via macports, Debian/Ubuntu via apt, NetBSD's pkgsrc, OpenBSD ports, openSUSE's build service, and as a Fedora RPM.

Many thanks to the maintainers of these packages.


Shelldap is simply a perl script. Put it into a convenient place of your choosing.

Shelldap requires the following perl modules to function properly:

Additional functionality is supported with the presence of:


You can also check out the source via Fossil from the following uri:

% fossil clone

or via its GitHub mirror at:

% git clone


Once installed, Shelldap is fully documented via perldoc, and has a built-in help command as well.