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Developer(s)Red Hat
Stable release
4.7.0[1] / 19 July 2018; 4 months ago (2018-07-19)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC[2] and Python[3]
Operating systemLinux / Unix
TypeIdentity management
LicenseGNU General Public License

FreeIPA is an Identity management system. It aims to provide an easily managed Identity, Policy, and Audit (IPA) system.[4] FreeIPA is the upstream open-source project for Red Hat Identity Manager.[5]


  • Integrated security information management solution combining Linux (Fedora), 389 Directory Server, MIT Kerberos, NTP, DNS, Dogtag certificate system, SSSD and others.
  • Built on top of well known Open Source components and standard protocols
  • Strong focus on ease of management and automation of installation and configuration tasks.
  • Full multi master replication for higher redundancy and scalability
  • Extensible management interfaces (CLI, Web UI, XMLRPC and JSONRPC API) and Python SDK

As of 2018 FreeIPA uses 389 Directory Server for its LDAP implementation, MIT's Kerberos 5 for authentication and single sign-on, the Apache HTTP Server and Python for the management framework and Web UI, (optionally) DogTag[6] for the integrated CA, and BIND with a custom plugin for the integrated DNS server. Since version 3.0.0, FreeIPA also uses Samba to integrate with Microsoft's Active Directory by way of Cross Forest Trusts.

Each of the major components of FreeIPA operates as a pre-existing Free-Software/Open-Source project, the bundling of these components into a single manageable suite with a comprehensive management interface is GPLv3, but that does not change the licences of the components.

FreeIPA aims to provide support not just for Linux- and Unix-based computers, but ultimately also for Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X computers.


Version Date
Version 4.7.0[7] 2018-07-19
Version 4.6.4[8] 2018-06-08
Version 4.6.3[9] 2018-01-31
Version 4.6.2[10] 2017-12-12
Version 4.6.1[11] 2017-09-22
Version 4.6.0[12] 2017-09-01
Version 4.0.0[13] 2017-07-08
Version 3.0.0[14] 2012-10-15
Version 2.0.0[15] 2011-03-26
Version 1.0.0 2008-04-25
Milestone 1 2007-08-01

See also[edit]


  1. ^ FreeIPA 4.7.0 Release Announcement
  2. ^ C Coding Style - Free IPA
  3. ^ Python Coding Style - Free IPA
  4. ^ Negus, Christopher; Foster-Johnson, Eric (2011). Fedora Bible 2011 Edition: Featuring Fedora Linux 14. Indianapolis: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118085738. Retrieved 2016-09-01. The "IPA" part of FreeIPA stands for identity (identifying and authenticating users and machines), policy (settings for access control of applications and machines), and audit (methods for collecting and auditing security events, logs, and user activities).
  5. ^ Red Hat Identity Manager: Part 1 – Overview and Getting started
  6. ^ "Home page for the Dogtag Certificate System". 2015-01-20. Retrieved 2015-01-20.
  7. ^ "Releases/4.7.0 - FreeIPA". Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  8. ^ "Releases/4.6.4 - FreeIPA". Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  9. ^ "Releases/4.6.3 - FreeIPA". Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  10. ^ FreeIPA 4.6.2 Release Announcement
  11. ^ "Releases/4.6.1 - FreeIPA". Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  12. ^ "Releases/4.6.0 - FreeIPA". Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  13. ^ FreeIPA 4.0.0 Release Announcement
  14. ^ FreeIPA 3.0.0 Release Announcement
  15. ^ FreeIPA 2.0.0 Release Announcement

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