ADFS OAuth and OpenID Connect Single Sign-On (SSO) | ADFS SSO Login

ADFS OAuth and OpenID Connect Single Sign-On (SSO) | ADFS SSO Login


WordPress OAuth & OpenID Connect Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin enables secure login into WordPress using ADFS as OAuth and OpenID Connect provider. You can also configure plugin using different custom providers and standard IDPs. It supports advanced Single Sign-On (SSO) features such as user profile Attribute mapping, Role mapping, etc. Here we will go through a guide to configure SSO between WordPress and ADFS . By the end of this guide, users should be able to login to WordPress from ADFS . To know more about other features we provide in WP OAuth Single Sign-On ( OAuth & OpenID Connect Client ) plugin, you can click here.

Pre-requisites : Download And Installation


  • Log into your WordPress instance as an admin.
  • Go to the WordPress Dashboard -> Plugins and click on Add New.
  • Search for a WordPress OAuth Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin and click on <>Install Now.
  • Once installed click on Activate.

Steps to configure ADFS Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into WordPress

1. Setup ADFS as OAuth Provider

  • To perform SSO with ADFS as Provider, your application must be https enabled.
  • Navigate to Server Manager Dashboard->Tools->ADFS Management.
  • OAuth / OPenID Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS, ADFS Management
  • Navigate to ADFS->Application Groups. Right click on Application Groups & click on Add Application group then enter Application Name. Select Server Application & click on next.
  • OAuth / OPenID Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS, Application Group
  • Copy Client Identifier. This is your Client ID. Add Callback URL in Redirect URL. You can get this callback URL from miniOrange OAuth Client Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin. Click on next.
  • OAuth / OPenID Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS, Client Identifier
  • Click on Generate shared secret. Copy the Secret value. This is your Client Secret. Click on Next.
  • OAuth / OPenID Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS, Generate Client Secret
  • On the Summary screen, click Next. On the Complete screen, click Close.
  • Now, right-click on the newly added Application Group and select Properties.
  • Click on Add application from App Properties.
  • Click on the Add application. Then select Web API and click Next.
  • OAuth / OPenID Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS, Add application
  • On the Configure Web API screen, enter the domain name address into the Identifier section. Click Add. Click Next.
  • OAuth / OPenID Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS, SSO Login Configure
  • On the Choose Access Control Policy screen, select Permit everyone and click Next.
  • OAuth / OPenID Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS, Access Control Policy
  • On the Configure Application Permission, by default openid is selected as a scope. You can select email and, profile as well, then click on next.
  • OAuth / OPenID Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS, Configure Application
  • On the Summary screen, click Next. On the Complete screen, click Close.
  • On the Sample Application Properties click OK.

You have successfully configured ADFS as OAuth Provider for achieving ADFS login into your WordPress Site.


2. Setup WordPress as OAuth Client


  • Go to Configure OAuth tab and click Add New Application to add a new client application into your website.
  • ADFS Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Add New Application
  • Choose your Application from the list of OAuth / OpenID Connect Providers, here ADFS
  • ADFS Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Select Application
  • Copy the Callback URL to be used in OAuth Provider Configuration. Click Next.
  • ADFS Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Callback URL
  • Insert the ADFS domain here and click Next.
  • ADFS Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Add App name, TenantID
  • Client Credentials like Client ID & Client Secret is shown in the setup dialogue box, openid is already filled. Click Next.
  • ADFS Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Client ID & Client Secret
  • Click on Finish to save the configuration.
  • ADFS Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Finish configuration

You have successfully configured WordPress as OAuth Client for achieving user authentication with ADFS Single Sign-On (SSO) login into your WordPress Site.


3. User Attribute Mapping

  • User Attribute Mapping is mandatory for enabling users to successfully login into WordPress. We will be setting up user profile attributes for WordPress using below settings.
  • Finding user attributes

    • Go to Configure OAuth tab. Scroll down and click on Test Configuration.
    • test congifuration
    • You will see all the values returned by your OAuth Provider to WordPress in a table. If you don't see value for First Name, Last Name, Email or Username, make the required settings in your OAuth Provider to return this information.
    • OAuth/OpenID adfs Single Sign On SSO WordPress create-newclient configuration-test-result
    • Once you see all the values in Test Configuration, go to Attribute / Role Mapping tab, you will get the list of attributes in a Username dropdown.
    • OAuth/OpenID adfs Single Sign On SSO WordPress create-newclient attribute/role mapping

    4: Role Mapping [Premium]

    • Click on “Test Configuration” and you will get the list of Attribute Names and Attribute Values that are sent by your OAuth provider.
    • From the Test Configuration window, map the Attribute Names in the Attribute Mapping section of the plugin. Refer to the screenshot for more details.
    • wordpress oauth client plugin sso : attribute mapping
    • Enable Role Mapping: To enable Role Mapping, you need to map Group Name Attribute. Select the attribute name from the list of attributes which returns the roles from your provider application.
      Eg: Role

    • wordpress oauth client plugin sso : test configuration - role mapping
    • Assign WordPress role to the Provider role: Based on your provider application, you can allocate the WordPress role to your provider roles. It can be a student, teacher, administrator or any other depending on your application. Add the provider roles under Group Attribute Value and assign the required WordPress role in front of it under WordPress Role.

      For example, in the below image. Teacher has been assigned the role of Administrator & Student is assigned the role of Subscriber.
    • wordpress oauth client plugin sso : test configuration - role mapping
    • Once you save the mapping, the provider role will be assigned the WordPress administrator role after SSO.
      Example: As per the given example, Users with role ‘teacher’ will be added as Administrator in WordPress and ‘student’ will be added as Subscriber.

    5. Sign In Settings

    • The settings in Single Sign-On (SSO) Settings tab define the user experience for Single Sign-On (SSO). To add a Okta login widget on your WordPress page, you need to follow the below steps.
      • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
      • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
      •  Okta  Single Sign-on (SSO) - WordPress create-newclient login button setting
      • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
      • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
      • Okta Single Sign-on (SSO) - WordPress create-newclient login button setting
      • Open your WordPress page and you can see the Okta SSO login button there. You can test the Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) now.
      • Make sure the "Show on login page" option is enabled for your application. (Refer to the below image)
      • Okta Single Sign-on (SSO) - WordPress create-newclient login button setting
      • Now, go to your WordPress Login page. (Eg. https://< your-wordpress-domain >/wp-login.php)
      • You will see an Okta SSO login button there. Once you click the login button, you will be able to test the Okta Single Sign-On (SSO).
      • Okta Single Sign-on (SSO) - WordPress create-newclient login button setting

In this Guide, you have successfully configured ADFS Single Sign-On (SSO) by configuring ADFS as OAuth Provider and WordPress as OAuth Client using our WP OAuth Single Sign-On ( OAuth / OpenID Connect Client ) plugin.This solution ensures that you are ready to roll out secure access to your WordPress site using ADFS login credentials within minutes.

6: Scope & Endpoints

  • Please refer the below table for configuring the scope & endpoints for ADFS in the plugin.

Scope openid
Authorize Endpoint: https://{Domain URL}/adfs/oauth2/authorize
Access Token Endpoint: https://{Domain URL}/adfs/oauth2/token
Get User Info Endpoint: https://{Domain URL}/adfs/oauth2/userinfo

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