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OpenDJ 2.4 Control Panel
Initial release December 21, 2010 (2010-12-21)
Stable release Release 2.6.3 / July 11, 2014 (2014-07-11)
Development status Active
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Type Directory service
License CDDL

OpenDJ is an open source Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAPv3) and Directory Service Markup Language (DSMLv2) compliant directory service written in the Java programming language.[1] OpenDJ began as a fork of the OpenDS code base and is now the main trunk developed and maintained by ForgeRock,[2] which originated in 2005 as an internal project at Sun Microsystems started by Neil A. Wilson, and later grew into an open source project, maintained by Oracle Corporation[3] following Oracle's acquisition of Sun. OpenDJ source code is available under the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL).[4]


OpenDJ began after the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle. At that time, Oracle announced that Sun OpenDS Standard Edition was not seen as a strategic product,[5] although the investment on the OpenDS source code would continue. Sun had supported commercial versions of Sun OpenDS Standard Edition since version 1.0 in 2008.

Mid-September 2010, Ludovic Poitou, then OpenDS community leader and co-project owner, left Oracle[6] for ForgeRock.

In October 2010, Oracle provided an OpenDS 2.2.1 update to the community with several fixes.[7]

In December 2010, ForgeRock released OpenDJ 2.4.0 including fixes and support for new features like Collective Attributes, Microsoft Active Directory Permissive Modification Control, and multiple objectclass inheritance.[8]

In late January 2011 Matthew Swift, previously "responsible for the core server" of the OpenDS project joined ForgeRock to work on OpenDJ as product architect.[9] Starting in mid-February 2011, ForgeRock began to build an "OpenDJ product suite, comprising an open source LDAP Directory Server, client tools, and LDAP SDK" as a Maven project,[10] with the tools and SDK modules appearing first.

The latest release of OpenDJ is 2.6.3 [11] and 3.0 is scheduled for Q4 2015 [12]


ForgeRock posted an OpenDJ roadmap[13] through release 4, targeted for 2015.

  • OpenDJ 2.4, released December 2010, provided improvements corresponding to many of those defined, but not yet scheduled for OpenDS 2.4[14]
  • OpenDJ 2.6, released June 2013, provided a REST to LDAP interface allowing easy and secure access to the data, also eased integration with other services, provided native packages for Linux, and the LDAP client SDK.
  • OpenDJ 3.0 is expected to include directory proxy services, but the support for LDAP Transactions that was originally planned was dropped due to the incompatibility with the loose consistency model of LDAP.
  • OpenDJ 3.1 and 3.2 are slated to include enhanced directory proxy services.
  • OpenDJ 4.0 is expected to introduce virtual directory services, and a web-based management console.

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