OAuth / OpenID Connect Single Sign-On (SSO) into Joomla using Facebook | Facebook SSO Login




What is OAuth / OpenID?


OAuth Server / OpenID Connect Server (OAuth 2.0 Server) also known as Authorization Server, It is the modern standard for securing access to APIs & implements network protocol flows which allow a client (OAuth Client) to act on behalf of a user. OAuth Server allows clients to verify the identity of end-users based on the authentication performed by an Authorization Server and also to obtain basic profile (Scope) information about the end-users in an interoperable and REST-like manner.


How does OAuth / OpenID work?


OAuth 2.0 Server is used to set up any Application as Identity Server to allow users to Single Sign-On / Login into their client site/application with login using OAuth / OpenID Connect protocol flows. The primary goal of this OAuth 2.0 server/Oauth Provider is to allow users to interact with multiple apps without requiring them to store sensitive credentials. You can easily configure an OAuth 2.0/OpenID Connect server to protect your API with access tokens, or allow clients to request new access tokens and refresh them.


Joomla OAuth & OpenID Connect Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin enables secure login into Joomla using Facebook as OAuth and OpenID Connect provider. You can also configure the plugin using different Oauth providers 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 Joomla and Facebook. By the end of this guide, users should be able to login to Joomla from Facebook.

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Step 1: Steps to configure Facebook as an OAuth Server

  • Login/ Signup in Facebook developer console at https://developers.facebook.com/.
  • Joomla Facebook OAuth SSO, Login/ Signup in Facebook
  • Go to My APPS Add New App.
  • Joomla Facebook OAuth SSO, Add New App
  • Enter the display name and contact email for your app under the Display Name and Contact Email fields respectively and then click on Create App ID button to save your settings and create an App Id for your app.
  • Joomla Facebook OAuth SSO, display name
  • Select Integrate Facebook Login checkbox.
  • Joomla Facebook OAuth SSO, Integrate Facebook Login
  • Select Facebook Login Settings under Products option in the navigation bar.
  • Joomla Facebook OAuth SSO, Select Settings
  • Under Client OAuth Settings, enter the Callback/Redirect URL (from your miniOrange Oauth Client plugin) in the Valid OAuth Redirect URIs field. Click on the Save button to save your configurations. Please Note: It is mandatory while configuring Facebook as an OAuth Server that your Callback/Redirect URI should be https and not http.
  • Joomla Facebook OAuth SSO, Client OAuth Settings
  • Go to Settings Basic to view your App Id and App Secret.
  • Joomla Facebook OAuth SSO, App Id and App Secret
  • Enter your Privacy Policy URL in the Privacy Policy URL field and choose a category from the dropdown in the Category field. Click on the Save Changes button to save your configurations.
  • Joomla Facebook OAuth SSO,  Privacy Policy URL
  • Copy your App ID and your App Secret and save it in your miniOrange OAuth Client Plugin/Module (under client id and client secret field respectively).
  • Change you app status from In Development to Live by clicking on OFF as shown in the image below. Then, click on confirm to confirm your change of status.
  • Joomla Facebook OAuth SSO, Change you app status

    Facebook Endpoints and Scope:


    Client ID : See above
    Client Secret : See above
    Scope: public_profile email
    Authorize Endpoint: https://www.facebook.com/dialog/oauth
    Access Token Endpoint: https://graph.facebook.com/v2.8/oauth/access_token
    Get User Info Endpoint: https://graph.facebook.com/me/?fields=id,name,email,age_range,first_name,gender,last_name,link

Congratulations, you have successfully completed your Facebook OAuth Server side configurations.

Step 2: Configure miniOrange Joomla OAuth Client plugin.

  • Download the zip file for the miniOrange OAuth Client plugin for Joomla from the link here.
  • oauth provider the zip for Joomla
  • Login into your Joomla site’s administrator console.
  • Go to Extension Manage Install in the top navigation bar to install the plugin.
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  • Upload the downloaded zip file to install the OAuth Client plugin.
  • joomla oauth provider zip
  • Navigate to Extensions Manage Manage and search for miniorange in the Search bar provided to see the list of the components.
  • Go to Components MiniOrange OAuth Client Configure OAuth tab from the top navigation bar to go to the configuration page of the plugin.
  • joomla oauth provider OAuth Client
  • Select your OAuth Provider from the Select Application dropdown. In case your OAuth Provider is not listed in the drop down, please select Custom OAuth Provider to continue.
  • joomla oauth provider OAuth tab joomla oauth provider OAuth tab
  • Fill in the details you received from your OAuth Provider.
  • Copy the Redirect/Callback URL given in the plugin and click on the Save Settings button to save details in your OAuth Provider.
  • Click on the Test Configuration button and copy the email and name attributes and save these attributes in Email Attribute and Name Attribute text field respectively. Now click on the Save Attribute Mapping button to save your configurations.
  • joomla oauth provider OAuth tab joomla oauth provider Attribute Mapping
  • Use the Login URL to perform the SSO of your pre-configured OAuth/OpenID Connect Provider, (After completing test configuration please copy the Login URL and Add a button on your site login page).
  • Joomla OAuth Client - Login URL
  • Now logout and go to your Joomla site's pages where you have added this link. You will see a login link where you placed that button. Click on this button to perform SSO.
  • Congratulations, you have successfully configured the miniOrange OAuth Client plugin with your desired OAuth Provider.
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  • If you want to purchase any of the paid version of the plugin, you have to register/login with us in Account Setup tab. OR you can register/login Here
  • In case, you are facing some issue or have any question in mind, you can reach out to us by sending us your query through the Support button in the plugin or by sending us a mail at joomlasupport@xecurify.com.

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