9.3. LDAP Authentication

Presto can be configured to enable frontend LDAP authentication over HTTPS for clients, such as the Presto CLI, or the JDBC and ODBC drivers. At present only simple LDAP authentication mechanism involving username and password is supported. The Presto client sends a username and password to the coordinator and coordinator validates these credentials using an external LDAP service.

To enable LDAP authentication for Presto, configuration changes are made on the Presto coordinator. No changes are required to the worker configuration; only the communication from the clients to the coordinator is authenticated.

Presto Server Configuration

Environment Configuration

Secure LDAP

Presto requires Secure LDAP (LDAPS), so make sure you have TLS enabled on your LDAP server.

TLS Configuration on Presto Coordinator

You need to import the LDAP server’s TLS certificate to the default Java truststore of the Presto coordinator to secure TLS connection. You can use the following example keytool command to import the certificate ldap_server.crt, to the truststore on the coordinator.

$ keytool -import -keystore <JAVA_HOME>/jre/lib/security/cacerts -trustcacerts -alias ldap_server -file ldap_server.crt

In addition to this, access to the Presto coordinator should be through HTTPS. You can do it by creating a Java Keystore File for TLS on the coordinator.

Presto Coordinator Node Configuration

You must make the following changes to the environment prior to configuring the Presto coordinator to use LDAP authentication and HTTPS.

You also need to make following changes to the Presto configuration files.


LDAP authentication is configured in the coordinator node’s config.properties file. Properties that need to be added, along with their sample values, are listed below.

authentication.ldap.user-bind-pattern=<Refer below for usage>


Property Description
http-server.authentication.type Enable LDAP authentication for the Presto coordinator. Must be set to LDAP.
authentication.ldap.url The url to the LDAP server. The url scheme must be ldaps:// since Presto allows only Secure LDAP.
authentication.ldap.user-bind-pattern This property can be used to specify the LDAP user bind string for password authentication. This property must contain the pattern ${USER} which will be replaced by the actual username during the password authentication. Example: ${USER}@corp.domain.com.
http-server.https.enabled Enables HTTPS access for the Presto coordinator. Should be set to true. Default value is false.
http-server.https.port HTTPS server port.
http-server.https.keystore.path The location of the Java Keystore file that will be used to secure TLS.
http-server.https.keystore.key The password for the keystore. This must match the password you specified when creating the keystore.

Based on the LDAP server implementation types, the property authentication.ldap.user-bind-pattern can be in the following format.

For Active Directory:




For OpenLDAP:




Authorization based on LDAP Group Membership

You can further restrict the set of users allowed to connect to the Presto coordinator based on their group membership.

In addition to the basic LDAP authentication properties, you need group-membership specific properties in config.properties. This optional feature can be enabled by setting properties authentication.ldap.group-auth-pattern and authentication.ldap.user-base-dn.

Property Description
authentication.ldap.user-base-dn The base LDAP distinguished name for the user who tries to connect to the server. Example: OU=America,DC=corp,DC=domain,DC=com
authentication.ldap.group-auth-pattern This property is used to specify the LDAP query for the LDAP group membership authorization. This query will be executed against the LDAP server and if successful, the user will be authorized. This property must contain a pattern ${USER} which will be replaced by the actual username in the group authorization search query. See samples below.

Based on the LDAP server implementation types, the property authentication.ldap.group-auth-pattern can be in the following format.

For Active Directory:




For OpenLDAP:




For OpenLDAP, for this query to work, make sure you enable the memberOf overlay.

You can also use this property for scenarios where you want to authorize a user based on complex group authorization search queries. For eg: if you want to authorize a user belonging to any one of multiple groups (in OpenLDAP), then this property can be set as:


Presto CLI

Environment Configuration

TLS Configuration

Access to the Presto coordinator should be through HTTPS when using LDAP authentication. The Presto CLI can use either a Java Keystore file or Java Truststore for its TLS configuration.

If you are using keystore file, it can be copied to the client machine and used for its TLS configuration. If you are using truststore, you can either use default java truststores or create a custom truststore on the CLI. We do not recommend using self-signed certificates in production.

Presto CLI Execution

In addition to the options that are required when connecting to a Presto coordinator that does not require LDAP authentication, invoking the CLI with LDAP support enabled requires a number of additional command line options. You can either use --keystore-* or --truststore-* properties to secure TLS connection. The simplest way to invoke the CLI is with a wrapper script.


./presto \
--server https://presto-coordinator.example.com:8443 \
--keystore-path /tmp/presto.jks \
--keystore-password password \
--truststore-path /tmp/presto_truststore.jks \
--truststore-password password \
--catalog <catalog> \
--schema <schema> \
--user <LDAP user> \
Option Description
--server The address and port of the Presto coordinator. The port must be set to the port the Presto coordinator is listening for HTTPS connections on. Presto CLI does not support using http scheme for the url when using LDAP authentication.
--keystore-path The location of the Java Keystore file that will be used to secure TLS.
--keystore-password The password for the keystore. This must match the password you specified when creating the keystore.
--truststore-path The location of the Java Truststore file that will be used to secure TLS.
--truststore-password The password for the truststore. This must match the password you specified when creating the truststore.
--user The LDAP username. For Active Directory this should be your sAMAccountName and for OpenLDAP this should be the uid of the user. This is the username which will be used to replace the ${USER} placeholder pattern in the properties specified in config.properties.
--password Prompts for a password for the user.


Java Keystore File Verification

Verify the password for a keystore file and view its contents using Java Keystore File Verification.

SSL Debugging for Presto CLI

If you encounter any SSL related errors when running Presto CLI, you can run CLI using -Djavax.net.debug=ssl parameter for debugging. You should use the Presto CLI executable jar to enable this. Eg:

java -Djavax.net.debug=ssl \
-jar \
presto-cli-<version>-executable.jar \
--server https://coordinator:8443 \

Common SSL errors

java.security.cert.CertificateException: No subject alternative names present

This error is seen when the Presto coordinator’s certificate is invalid and does not have the IP you provide in the --server argument of the CLI. You will have to regenerate the coordinator’s SSL certificate with the appropriate SAN added.

Adding a SAN to this certificate is required in cases where https:// uses IP address in the URL rather than the domain contained in the coordinator’s certificate, and the certificate does not contain the SAN parameter with the matching IP address as an alternative attribute.