Integrated account management
Nextcloud features integration with external user directories like LDAP or others as well as built-in account management, two-factor authentication and Single-sign-on support.
Easy user management
Admins can create, modify, search and view user accounts using Nextcloud built-in user management. Name, disk quota, mail addresses and group membership can be handled and users can be given administrator privileges if needed.
If you need to integrate Nextcloud with an existing system, take advantage of support for one or more LDAP directories instead of or in addition to local users. Nextcloud can secure logins with two-factor authentication and supports single sign-on through SAML, OAuth2, Kerberos and others.
For large-scale solutions, performance optimization, additional tools and advice, see the Nextcloud customer portal.
The administrator can delegate some work by elevating some accounts to group administrator over specified groups. This allows them to create new users as members of these groups as well as delete and modify them.
The guest accounts app enables users to create guest accounts for recipients. The administrator can determine what access rights these users need to have to external storage and apps.
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LDAP/Active Directory user management
Nextcloud features a high performance, full-featured LDAP application which lets users authenticate through their LDAP credentials. Group management, quotas and sharing permissions can be managed as usual. Nextcloud features LDAP group support, sharing, primary groups and easy configuration with auto-detection of LDAP attributes.
For security reasons, the default LDAP configuration is fully read-only. A plugin infrastructure exists with some experimental applications already available that enable administrators to manage an LDAP server through Nextcloud. Creating, updating and removing LDAP configurations can optionally be done through an external, REST-based API.
Nextcloud supports securing authentication through Nextcloud itself with a plugin-based two-factor authentication method. Supported are, among others, TOTP, NFC, SMS, Signal/Telegram and U2F. Upon activation by the system administrator, users can activate 2FA in their personal settings.
Nextcloud features an SSO & SAML app for easy Single-sign-on integration. SAML 2.0 is supported against OneLogin, Shibboleth, and ADFS. The app also features authentication via environment variables, including support for Kerberos, OAuth2, OpenID and many other mechanisms provided by Apache modules.
The native SAML integration negates the need for external software like Apache modules. Native SAML is compatible with all webservers and supports group memberships, flexible session management and app specific passwords. It can handle multiple Identity Providers and can authenticate to Samba servers with Kerberos.
Other user backends
Nextcloud can work with a number of other backends for authentication and user handling: IMAP, SMB and FTP. These can be used to integrate Nextcloud more easily in company infrastructure. On the app store, more authentication and user backends can be found, like integration with Gluu.
Automated or manual provisioning
Nextcloud offers an easy-to-use, REST-based provisioning API to create and configure user accounts. It is possible to create, edit, delete and query user attributes, query, set and remove groups, set quota and query total storage used in Nextcloud.
The API enables an admin to query for active Nextcloud applications, application info, and to enable or disable an app remotely. HTTP requests can be used via a Basic Auth header to easily integrate workflows with existing tools and infrastructure.