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

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


WordPress OAuth & OpenID Connect Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin enables secure login into WordPress using GitHub 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 GitHub. By the end of this guide, users should be able to login to WordPress from GitHub. 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 GitHub Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into WordPress

1. Setup GitHub as OAuth Provider

  • First of all, go to https://github.com/settings/developers and log into your GitHub account.
  • You will be presented with the following screen. Click on Register a new application
  • github sso register app
  • You will be shown a form where you have to enter Application Name and Callback URI. Fill the form with appropriate information and click on the Register Application.
  • github sso Enter appnameURL

    NOTE: Callback URI is the URI where the user will be sent after authorization.

  • After registering the application, you will be given Client ID and Client Secret.
  • github sso get clientidsecret
  • Copy these credentials in MO OAuth Plugin configuration on corresponding fields.

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


2. Setup WordPress as OAuth Client

  • Go to Configure OAuth tab and configure App Name, Client ID, Client Secret from provided Endpoints.
  • openid is already filled but if it doesn't work then configure scope as User.Read and for fetching group info use scope is Directory.read.all.
  • Please refer the below table for configuring the scope & endpoints for GitHub in the plugin.

  • Client ID : from the step 1 above
    Client Secret : from the step 1 above
    Scope: user repo
    Authorize Endpoint: https://github.com/login/oauth/authorize
    Access Token Endpoint: https://github.com/login/oauth/access_token
    Get User Info Endpoint: https://api.github.com/user
  • Click on Save Settings to save the configuration.
  • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign On (SSO) GitHub SSO save settings

You have successfully configured WordPress as OAuth Client for achieving GitHub 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.
    • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign On (SSO) GitHub SSO create new app 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.
    • wordpress oauth client plugin sso : test congifuration 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/OIDC Single Sign On (SSO) GitHub SSO 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.
  • GitHub Single Sign-On (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

  • GitHub Single Sign-On (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.
  • GitHub Single Sign-On (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: 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 GitHub 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.
    • GitHub Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID 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.
    • GitHub Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • Open your WordPress page and you can see the GitHub SSO login button there. You can test the GitHub Single Sign-On (SSO) now.

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


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