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LDAP vs Amazon Cognito: What are the differences?

LDAP: A lightweight directory access protocol. It is a mature, flexible, and well supported standards-based mechanism for interacting with directory servers. It’s often used for authentication and storing information about users, groups, and applications, but an LDAP directory server is a fairly general-purpose data store and can be used in a wide variety of applications; Amazon Cognito: Securely manage and synchronize app data for your users across their mobile devices. You can create unique identities for your users through a number of public login providers (Amazon, Facebook, and Google) and also support unauthenticated guests. You can save app data locally on users’ devices allowing your applications to work even when the devices are offline.

LDAP and Amazon Cognito can be primarily classified as "User Management and Authentication" tools.

Some of the features offered by LDAP are:

  • Lightweight directory access protocol
  • Used for authentication and storing information
  • General-purpose data store

On the other hand, Amazon Cognito provides the following key features:

  • Manage Unique Identities
  • Work Offline
  • Store and Sync across Devices
Decisions about Amazon Cognito and LDAP
Brent Maxwell
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I started our team on Amazon Cognito because I was a Solutions Architect at AWS and found it really easy to follow the tutorials and get a basic app up and running with it.

When our team started working with it, they very quickly became frustrated because of the poor documentation. After 4 days of trying to get all the basic passwordless auth working, our lead engineer made the decision to abandon it and try Auth0... and managed to get everything implemented in 4 hours.

The consensus was that Cognito just isn't mature enough or well-documented, and that the implementation does not cater for real world use cases the way that it should. I believe Amplify has made some of this simpler, but I would still recommend Auth0 as it's been bulletproof for us, and is a sensible price.

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Pros of Amazon Cognito
Pros of LDAP
  • 14
    Backed by Amazon
  • 7
    Manage Unique Identities
  • 4
    Work Offline
  • 3
    MFA
  • 2
    Store and Sync
  • 1
    It works
  • 1
    Integrate with Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, SAML
  • 1
    SDKs and code samples
  • 1
    Free for first 50000 users
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    Cons of Amazon Cognito
    Cons of LDAP
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      Massive Pain to get working
    • 3
      Documentation often out of date
    • 2
      Login-UI sparsely customizable (e.g. no translation)
    • 1
      Docs are vast but mostly useless
    • 1
      MFA: there is no "forget device" function
    • 1
      Difficult to customize (basic-pack is more than humble)
    • 1
      Lacks many basic features
    • 1
      There is no "Logout" method in the API
    • 1
      No recovery codes for MFA
    • 1
      Hard to find expiration times for tokens/codes
    • 1
      Only paid support
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      What is Amazon Cognito?

      You can create unique identities for your users through a number of public login providers (Amazon, Facebook, and Google) and also support unauthenticated guests. You can save app data locally on users’ devices allowing your applications to work even when the devices are offline.

      What is LDAP?

      It is a mature, flexible, and well supported standards-based mechanism for interacting with directory servers. It’s often used for authentication and storing information about users, groups, and applications, but an LDAP directory server is a fairly general-purpose data store and can be used in a wide variety of applications.

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      What are some alternatives to Amazon Cognito and LDAP?
      Auth0
      A set of unified APIs and tools that instantly enables Single Sign On and user management to all your applications.
      Okta
      Connect all your apps in days, not months, with instant access to thousands of pre-built integrations - even add apps to the network yourself. Integrations are easy to set up, constantly monitored, proactively repaired and handle authentication and provisioning.
      Firebase
      Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
      AWS IAM
      It enables you to manage access to AWS services and resources securely. Using IAM, you can create and manage AWS users and groups, and use permissions to allow and deny their access to AWS resources.
      Keycloak
      It is an Open Source Identity and Access Management For Modern Applications and Services. It adds authentication to applications and secure services with minimum fuss. No need to deal with storing users or authenticating users. It's all available out of the box.
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