Plain Authentication Overview

If you have an application that doesn't require any user data to be synchronized to your database, then you can utilize plain LDAP authentication.

It is paramount to understand that upon every request a logged in user makes to your application, an LDAP search request will be made to retrieve them. If you do not want this to occur, you must use synchronized database authentication.

When a user is successfully authenticated, the Laravel Auth::user() method will return an instance of your configured LdapRecord model:

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Auth;

$credentials = [
    'mail' => '',
    'password' => 'secret',

if (Auth::attempt($credentials)) {
    $user = Auth::user();

    // Returns true:
    $user instanceof \LdapRecord\Models\Model;
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