The LDAP sensor monitors directory services via the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). It connects to the server by trying a "bind".

i_round_blueIf the server does not respond or authentication fails, the sensor shows the Down status.

LDAP Sensor

LDAP Sensor

i_square_cyanFor a detailed list and descriptions of the channels that this sensor can show, see section Channel List.

Sensor in Other Languages

  • Dutch: LDAP
  • French: LDAP
  • German: LDAP
  • Japanese: LDAP
  • Portuguese: LDAP
  • Russian: LDAP
  • Simplified Chinese: LDAP
  • Spanish: LDAP


  • This sensor officially supports Microsoft implementations of LDAP. Other third-party LDAP implementations might work but are not officially supported.
  • This sensor requires a DNS name in the settings of the parent device if you use a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS) secured connection to the LDAP server.
  • This sensor has a medium performance impact.
  • This sensor only supports the IPv4 protocol.

Add Sensor

The Add Sensor dialog appears when you manually add a new sensor to a device. It only shows the settings that are required to create the sensor. You can change nearly all settings on the sensor's Settings tab after creation.

Basic Sensor Settings

Click the Settings tab of a sensor to change its settings.

Basic Sensor Settings

Basic Sensor Settings



Sensor Name

Enter a name to identify the sensor.

Parent Tags

Shows tags that the sensor inherits from its parent device, parent group, and parent probe.

i_round_blueThis setting is for your information only. You cannot change it.


Enter one or more tags. Confirm each tag with the Spacebar key, a comma, or the Enter key. You can use tags to group objects and use tag-filtered views later on. Tags are not case-sensitive. Tags are automatically inherited.

i_round_blueIt is not possible to enter tags with a leading plus (+) or minus (-) sign, nor tags with parentheses (()) or angle brackets (<>).

i_round_blueFor performance reasons, it can take some minutes until you can filter for new tags that you added.

The sensor has the following default tags that are automatically predefined in the sensor's settings when you add the sensor:

  • ldapsensor


Select a priority for the sensor. This setting determines the position of the sensor in lists. The highest priority is at the top of a list. Choose from the lowest priority (i_priority_1) to the highest priority (i_priority_5).

i_round_blueUsually, a sensor connects to the IP Address/DNS Name of the parent device. See the device settings for details. For some sensors, you can explicitly define the monitoring target in the sensor settings.

LDAP Specific

LDAP Specific

LDAP Specific



Connection Security

Define if the sensor uses an SSL/TLS-secured connection to the LDAP server:

  • Use LDAP without connection security (default)
  • Use LDAP over SSL

i_round_redIf you select Use LDAP over SSL, you need to enter a DNS name in the settings of the parent device. The sensor does not work with an IP address.

Port Selection

Define if you want to use a default port or a custom port for the connection to the LDAP server:

  • Use default port (default): Use the default port. This is port 389 for unsecure connections and port 636 for secure connections.
  • Use custom port: Use a custom port. Specify the Port below.


This setting is only visible if you select Use custom port. Enter a custom port for the connection to the LDAP server. Enter an integer.

Distinguished Name

Enter the distinguished name (DN) that you want to authenticate against the LDAP server. Usually, this is the information for the user that you want to authenticate with. For example, use the format cn=Manager,dc=my-domain,dc=com for a DN on an OpenLDAP server.


Enter the password for the Distinguished Name.

Sensor Display

Sensor Display

Sensor Display



Primary Channel

Select a channel from the list to define it as the primary channel. In the device tree, the last value of the primary channel is always displayed below the sensor's name. The available options depend on what channels are available for this sensor.

i_round_blueYou can set a different primary channel later by clicking b_channel_primary below a channel gauge on the sensor's Overview tab.

Graph Type

Define how different channels are shown for this sensor:

  • Show channels independently (default): Show a graph for each channel.
  • Stack channels on top of each other: Stack channels on top of each other to create a multi-channel graph. This generates a graph that visualizes the different components of your total traffic.
    i_round_redYou cannot use this option in combination with manual Vertical Axis Scaling (available in the channel settings).

Stack Unit

This setting is only visible if you enable Stack channels on top of each other as Graph Type. Select a unit from the list. All channels with this unit are stacked on top of each other. By default, you cannot exclude single channels from stacking if they use the selected unit. However, there is an advanced procedure to do so.

Inherited Settings

By default, all of these settings are inherited from objects that are higher in the hierarchy. We recommend that you change them centrally in the root group settings if necessary. To change a setting for this object only, click b_inherited_enabled under the corresponding setting name to disable the inheritance and to display its options.

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Inheritance of Settings.

Scanning Interval

Scanning Interval

Scanning Interval

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Root Group Settings, section Scanning Interval.

Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window

i_round_blueYou cannot interrupt the inheritance for schedules, dependencies, and maintenance windows. The corresponding settings from the parent objects are always active. However, you can define additional schedules, dependencies, and maintenance windows. They are active at the same time as the parent objects' settings.

Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window

Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Root Group Settings, section Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window.

Access Rights

Access Rights

Access Rights

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Root Group Settings, section Access Rights.

Channel List

i_round_blueWhich channels the sensor actually shows might depend on the target device, the available components, and the sensor setup.




In the channel table on the Overview tab, this channel never shows any values. PRTG uses this channel in graphs and reports to show the amount of time in which the sensor was in the Down status in percent.

Response Time

The response time in msec

i_round_blueThis channel is the primary channel by default.


i_square_blueKnowledge Base

What security features does PRTG include?