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Local User Management#

User and session data is stored in Gluu's local LDAP server, and can be managed in the oxTrust GUI and directly in the LDAP server. At the heart of any good identity system is good data, so we always recommend getting familiar with your data in the LDAP tree using an LDAP browser.

Manage users in Gluu LDAP#

Open an LDAP browser like JXplorer and find your LDAP configuration in /opt/gluu-server-3.1.3/etc/gluu/conf/, e.g.:

bindDN: cn=directory manager,o=gluu
bindPassword: foobar
servers: localhost:1636

Establish a tunnel from your computer to your Gluu Server's LDAP. Tunneling is required because Gluu Server's LDAP port, 1636, is not exposed to the Internet.

In the below example we are showing how to connect and use Gluu Server's internal LDAP server with any LDAP browser.

  • Create tunnel:
  • ssh -L 5901:localhost:1636 root@[ip_of_Gluu_server]
  • Open LDAP browser
  • Create new connection Screenshot
  • Perform authentication. 'Password' is the the password of 'admin' user.
  • Browse ldap and go to 'ou=people'.

Manage People in oxTrust#

To manage people in oxTrust, navigate to User > Manage People.

From this interface you can add and search users. Because the user database can potentially be very large, a value with at least two characters is required in the search field. In other words, you can not click search with a blank entry to populate all users. If you need to see all users, this would be best performed manually within the Gluu LDAP server. Upon performing a user search in oxTrust a list will be populated with all users that match the search.

Search Users

To edit a user, simply click on any of the hyperlinks associated with that user and you will be taken to a user management interface where you can modify specific attributes relating to that user.

Manage Users

Manage Groups in oxTrust#

Out of the box, the Gluu Server includes one group: the Gluu Manager Group (gluuManager). Groups can be added and populated as needed. By using the Manage Groups feature, the Gluu Server Administrator can add, delete or modify any group or user within a group. The list of available groups can be viewed by hitting the Search button with a blank search box. Manage User Groups

The Gluu Server Administrator can modify information such as Display Name, Group Owner, Visibility type etc. The Server Administrator can also add or delete users within existing groups. The group information is represented as shown below. View group information

If any member of the Organization is required to be added in any specific group, this can be achieved be clicking on the Add Member button. The flow is Add Member --> Search the name/email of the user --> Select the user --> Click OK --> Update. Add Member

Import People in oxTrust#

Gluu Server allows the administrator to import users from a file. This can be accessed by navigating to Users > Import People.


  • Click on the Add button to select the file from which the users will be imported. This feature has been tested with a xls file.


  • The file needs to be validated before it can be imported. Click on the Validate button.

  • Click on the Import button to complete the import of users.


There is a known issue in Gluu 3.1.3 that affects file upload feature like Person Import, Organization logo upload. The solution for that issue is documented here.

File Structure#

The file needs to contain the following fields from which the user data will be pulled. Please remember to use the exact spelling as shown here.

  • Username

  • First Name

  • Last Name

  • Email

User Registration#

The Gluu Server is shipped with a user registration script that implements a very basic user registration process.

In most situations, we recommend writing a custom registraton app and then using Gluu's SCIM 2.0 endpoints to send the identity data to Gluu. Using SCIM will give you more control and flexibility over the registration process. Also, since oxTrust is frequently not Internet facing, the registration page (https://<hostname>/identity/register) may not be available to a user on the web.

Instructions for using Gluu's user registration functionality follows:

Enable User Registration#

To enable user registration via the Gluu Server, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Custom Scripts and select the User Registration tab;
  2. Find the Enabled field and check the box;
  3. Click the Update button at the bottom of the page;
  4. New users will now be able to register for accounts at: https://<hostname>/identity/register.


When user registration is handled via oxTrust, users can not be added to a backend LDAP or Active Directory server. This means that self-registration via oxTrust is only effective if users are authenticated by GluuLDAP (and not a backend LDAP or AD server).

Adding Attributes to Registration#

A limited number of attributes are present in the default registration form. If more attributes are needed they can be added via the GUI by navigating to Organization Configuration > Manage Registration. Learn how to add attributes to the default registration form.

Manual Approval of New Users#

By default the Custom property (key/value) field will include the value: enable_user and true. This enables new users to login as soon as registration is complete. If you want to manually review and approve new user registrations, you can set this value to false as shown in the screenshot below.