SAML Single Sign-On into Joomla using Absorb LMS | Absorb LMS SSO | Login using Absorb LMS

SAML Single Sign-On into Joomla using Absorb LMS | Absorb LMS SSO | Login using Absorb LMS


Absorb LMS SAML Single sign-on (SSO) is an authentication method that enables Absorb LMS users to access multiple Joomla applications with one login and one set of credentials.

What is SSO ?


Single sign-on (SSO) is anauthenticationmethod that enables users to access multiple applications with one-click login and one set of credentials. For example, after users log in to your org, they can automatically access all apps from the App Launcher. When you set up SSO, you configure one system to trust another to authenticate users , eliminating users' need to log in to each system separately. The system that authenticates users is called an Identity provider. The system that trusts the identity provider for authentication is called the Service provider.

SAML allows exchanging of information betweenService ProviderandIdentity provider, SAML isintegration between SP and IDP. When a user tries to log in, your identity provider sends SAML assertions containing facts about the user to Identity Provider. Identity Provider receives the assertion, validates it against your Identity Provider configuration, and allows the user to access your org.


Our plugin is compatible with Joomla 4 as well as with all the SAML 2.0 compliant Identity Providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure SAML SSO login between Joomla site and Absorb LMS by considering Absorb LMS as IdP (Identity Provider & Joomla as SP (Service Provider).

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Steps to Integrate Absorb LMS Single Sign-On (SSO) with Joomla SAML SP

1. Configure Absorb LMS as IdP

  • Login to the Absorb admin portal as a System Admin and navigate to Portal Settings. From Portal Settings, there is a button in the right-side menu labelled Manage SSO Settings. If you can't see this button, please contact your Absorb Client Success Manager to discuss enabling the feature.
  • Absorb LMS SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | login using Absorb LMS into Joomla manage sso settings
  • Click Add at the bottom of the page.
  • Now in the Name field you can enter some descriptive connection name of your choice. This name is only visible to admins.
  • Absorb LMS SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | login using Absorb LMS into Joomla SP initiated outbound setup
  • In the Method field select SAML.
  • In the Key field enter the Service provider certificate which you can get from the miniOrange Joomla SAML plugin under the Service Provider Setup tab.
  • Absorb LMS SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | login using Absorb LMS into Joomla SP certificate
  • In the Id Property field select the Absorb user profile field that Absorb should send as the NameID in the SAML assertion. This should be a unique identifier for learners.
  • The Assertion Consumer Service Url can be left blank as it should be provided to Absorb via the SAML Request. However if you are experiencing issues, you can hard code an ACS URL which you can get from the Service Provider Setup tab of the miniOrange Joomla SAML plugin.
  • Set the Signature Type to SHA1.
  • Include User Data: You can opt to send user data from the Absorb LMS to Joomla site in addition to the SAML Response by enabling this toggle.

    If OFF: No attributes will be included in the response.
    If ON: Absorb will append the following LMS attributes to the SAML Response in the AttributeStatement:
    • FirstName
    • LastName
    • Email
    • UserId
    • Username
    • UserExternalId
    • EmployeeNumber
    • JobTitle
    • DepartmentId
    • DepartmentName
    • ExternalDepartmentId
    • IsAdmin
  • Absorb LMS SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | login using Absorb LMS into Joomla include user data
  • Include Custom Fields: You can select to include any custom user fields present in the Absorb LMS as part of the attributes returned in the SAML Response.
    Note: This field is only visible if Include User Data is on.
  • Absorb LMS SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | login using Absorb LMS into Joomla include custom fields

2. Configure Joomla as Service Provider


  • In Joomla SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup Tab. There are three ways to configure the plugin:

      SAML SSO Single-Sign-On By Metadata URL :

      • Click on Upload IDP Metadata.
      • Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP, Upload Metadata
      • Enter Metadata URL (Copy from IDP app) and click on Fetch Metadata.
      • Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP, Upload Metadata URL

      SAML SSO Single-Sign-On By Uploading Metadata File:

      • Click on Upload IDP Metadata.
      • Choose metadata file and click on Upload.
      • Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP, Upload Metadata file

      SAML SSO Single-Sign-On Manual Configuration :

      • Copy SAML Entity ID, SAML Single-Sign-On Endpoint URL and x.509 certificate from Federation Metadata document and paste it in IdP Entity ID or Issuer, Single Sign-on Service URL, x.509 Certificate fields respectively in the plugin.
      • IdP Entity ID or Issuer SAML Entity ID in the Federation Metadata document
        Single Sign-On Service URL SAML Single-Sign-On Endpoint URL in the Federation Metadata document
        X.509 Certificate x.509 Certificate in the Federation Metadata document

      SAML SSO Single-Sign-On Add a button on your site login page with the following URL:

        Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP, Signin Settings

3. Attribute Mapping (It is Optional to fill this). This is Premium feature.

  • Attributes are user details that are stored in your Identity Provider.
  • Attribute Mapping helps you to get user attributes from your Identity Provider (IdP) and map them to Joomla user attributes like firstname, lastname etc.
  • While auto registering the users in your Joomla site these attributes will automatically get mapped to your Joomla user details.
  • In Joomla SAML plugin, go to Attribute Mapping tab and fill in all the fields.
    Username: Name of the username attribute from IdP (Keep NameID by default)
    Email: Name of the email attribute from IdP (Keep NameID by default)
    Group/Role: Name of the Role attribute from Identity Provider(IdP)
  • You can check the Test Configuration Results under Service Provider Setup tab to get a better idea of which values to map here.

4. Group Mapping (It is Optional to fill this). This is Premium feature.

  • Role mapping helps you to assign specific roles to users of a certain group in your Identity Provider (IdP).
  • While auto registering, the users are assigned roles based on the group they are mapped to.

5. Redirection & SSO Links

  • Go to Login Settings tab. There are multiple features availabe in this tab like Auto redirect the user to Identity Provider and Enable Backed Login for Super Users. To use these features, click on the respective checkboxes.
  • Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP Signin Settings

    You have successfully completed your miniOrange SAML 2.0 SP configurations. Still, if you are facing any difficulty please mail us on joomlasupport@xecurify.com .

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Additional Resources.

Miniorange Joomla SAML Single sign-on(web SSO) supports multiple known IDPs like WSO2, Azure AD, Salesforce,
Shibboleth, Onelogin, Okta, SimpleSamlPhp, Google apps, Bitium, OpenAM, miniorange IDP, Centrify and many more.

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