Azure AD OAuth & OpenID connect Single Sign-On (SSO) | Azure AD SSO Login

WordPress OAuth & OpenID Connect Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin enables secure login into WordPress using Microsoft Azure AD as OAuth and OpenID Connect provider. You can also configure plugin using different IDPs such as Azure B2C, Office 365, and other custom providers. It supports advanced Single Sign-On (SSO) features such as user profile Attribute mapping, Role mapping, multi-tenant login etc. Here we will go through a guide to configure SSO between WordPress and Azure AD. By the end of this guide, users should be able to login to WordPress from Azure AD. To know more about other features we provide in WP OAuth Single Sign-On ( OAuth & OpenID Connect Client ) plugin, you can click here.

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 Azure AD Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into WordPress

Step 1: Setup Azure Active Directory as OAuth Provider

  • Sign in to Azure portal.
  • Click on App Services and go to Manage Azure Active Directory.
  • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign-On (SSO), AzureAD SSO Login
  • In the left-hand navigation pane, click the App registrations service, and click New registration.
  • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign-On (SSO), AzureAD SSO App-Registration
  • When the Create page appears, enter your application's registration information:
  • Name : Name of your application.
    Application type :
    1. Select "Web app / API" for client applications and resource/API applications that are installed on a secure server. This setting is used for OAuth confidential web clients and public user-agent-based clients. The same application can also expose both a client and resource/API.
    Sign-on URL :
    1. For "Web app / API" applications, provide the base URL of your app. eg, https://<domain-name> might be the URL for a web app running on your local machine. Users would use this URL to sign in to a web client application.
  • When finished, click Register. Azure AD assigns a unique Application ID to your application. Copy Application ID and the Directory ID , this will be your Client ID and Tenent ID.
  • WordPress OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign-On (SSO), Azure AD SSO Overview
  • Go to Certificates and Secrets from the left navigaton pane and click on New Client Secret. Enter description and expiration time and click on ADD option.
  • WordPress OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign-On (SSO), Azure AD SSO secret-Key
  • Copy value. This will be your Secret key.
  • WordPress OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign-On (SSO), Azure AD SSO Secret-Key-2

    Azure AD Endpoints and Scope:

    Scope: openid
    Authorize Endpoint: https://login.microsoftonline.com/tenant-id/oauth2/authorize
    Access Token Endpoint: https://login.microsoftonline.com/tenant-id/oauth2/token
    Get User Info Endpoint: https://login.windows.net/common/openid/userinfo
    Custom redirect URL after logout:[optional] https://login.microsoftonline.com/common/oauth2/logout?post_logout_rediret-uri=<your URL>

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

Step 2: Setup WordPress as OAuth Client

  • Go to Configure OAuth tab and configure App Name, Client ID, Client Secret, Tenant name and Policy from provided Endpoints
  • openid is already filled.
  • Click on Save Settings to save the configuration.
  • WordPress OAuth & OpenID / OIDC Single Sign-On (SSO) Azure AD SSO Configuration

You have successfully configured WordPress as OAuth Client for achieving Azure AD login into your WordPress Site.

Step 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.
    • Azure AD Single Sign-On SSO OAuth Test Configuration
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Azure AD Single Sign-On SSO WordPress Attribute Mapping

Step 4: Group Mapping [Premium]

  • Go to Application → Select the application where you want to configure the group mapping. Now, Go to the API Permissions tab.
  • Azure AD Single Sign-On SSO API Permissions
  • Click on the Add permission button, and then Microsoft Graph API -> Delegated Permissions and select openid, Profile scope and click on the Add Permissions button.
  • Azure AD Single Sign-On SSO Request API Permissions
  • Click on the Grant consent for Demo button.
  • Go to Manifest tab and find groupMembershipClaims and changes it’s value to "All" and click on the save button.
  • Azure AD SSO Group Membership Claims
  • Now you would be able to get the group's value in the Test configuration window.
  • Azure AD SSO Group Mapping Test Configuration
  • You can follow the role mapping section to map the groups to WordPress users while Azure AD SSO <link>.

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: Custom Attribute Mapping [Premium]

  • Go to your application in Azure Active Directory and select Token configuration from the left menu.
  • Click on Add optional claim and then select ID from the right section.
  • Now choose all the attributes you want to fetch while SSO (e.g family_name, given_name, etc) and click on Add button.
  • You might see a popup to Turn on the Microsoft Graph profile permission (required for claims to appear in token), enable it, and click on Add button.
  • Azure AD SSO Custom Attribute Mapping

Step 7: Login Settings / Sign In Settings

  • The settings in Single Sign-On (SSO) Settings tab define the user experience for Single Sign-On (SSO). To add a Azure AD login widget on your WordPress page, you need to follow the below steps.
  • 1. Sign in settings for wordpress 5.7 and before :

    • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
    • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
    • OAuth/OpenID Azure AD Single Sign On SSO WordPress create-newclient login button setting

    2. Sign in settings for wordpress 5.8 :

    • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
    • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
    • OAuth/OpenID Azure AD Single Sign On SSO WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • Open your WordPress page and you can see the Azure AD SSO login button there. You can test the Azure AD Single Sign-On (SSO) now.

In this Guide, you have successfully configured Azure AD Single Sign-On (SSO) by configuring Azure AD 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 Azure AD login credentials within minutes.

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