Configure User Authentication through Windows Active Directory Server in a Spring Boot Application

In this article we will try to authenticate a user to an external windows active directory domain server before granting him access to APIs.

Suppose you have a running windows AD server such
domain name —
IP Address —


  1. Add following dependencies to pom.xml file

2. Create a security configuration file

import org.springframework.context.annotation.Bean;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;

3. Create Controller class that supports two APIs -

  • /hello — return “Hello World”
  • /user — return json object of authenticated user details received from windows AD server.
public class MyController {

public String sayHello() {
return "hello world";

Thats it.

If you try to access any of these api, you will be prompted with login form as shown below.

login form when trying to access API
API /hello output after authentication
API /user output after authentication



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