SAML Single Sign-On into Joomla using ADFS | ADFS SSO | Login using ADFS


ADFS Single Sign-On (SSO) login for Joomla [SAML] can be achieved by using our Joomla SAML SP Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin. Our plugin is compatible with Joomla 4 as well as with all the SAML compliant Identity Providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure SAML SSO login between Joomla site and ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) by considering ADFS as IdP (Identity Provider) and Joomla as SP (Service Provider).

What is SSO ?


Single sign-on (SSO) is an authentication method 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 between Service Provider and Identity provider, SAML is integration 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.


ADFS Single Sign On (SSO) for Joomla miniOrange provides a ready to use solution for Joomla. This solution ensures that you are ready to roll out secure access to your Joomla site using ADFS within minutes.
Joomla SAML app gives the ability to enable SAML Single Sign-On for Joomla Site. Joomla site is compatible with all SAML Identity Providers. Here we will go through a guide to configure SAML SSO between Joomla and your Identity Provider. By the end of this guide, users from your Identity Provider should be able to login and register to Joomla site.

Pre-requisites : Download And Installation


  • Log into your Joomla instance as an admin.
  • Go to the Joomla Dashboard -> Extensions -> Manage and click on Install.
  • Seach for a Joomla SAML SSO plugin and then select SAML SSO for Joomla plugin by miniOrange
  • Then cllick on Install Now.

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

1. Configure ADFS as IdP

  • On ADFS, search for ADFS Management application.
  •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - Admin_Dashboard
  • After opening the AD FS Management, select Relying Party Trust & then click on Add Relying Party Trust.
  •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - Add Relying Party Trust
  • Click the Start button from the Relying Party Trust Wizard pop up. But before that please make sure Claims aware is selected.
  • ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS, Integration with ADFS SAML SSO  - Claims Aware
  • Select the options for adding a relying party trust.
    • miniorange img Using Metadata URL

      • In Select Data Source: Import data about the relying party published online or on the local network option & then add URL in Federation metadata address (Navigate to Service Provider Info tab from the plugin for getting SP Meatadata URL).
      •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - support for the SAML 2.0 Wizard Metadata
      • Skip step-5 to step-8 & start configuring from step-9.

      miniorange img Using Metadata XML file

      • In Select Data Source: Import data about the relying party from a file option & then browse the metadata file(You can download the SP metadata file from the plugin under the Service Provider Metadata tab).
      •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - for Wizard_metadata file
      • Skip step-5 to step-8 & start configuring from step-9.

      miniorange img Using Manual configuration

      • In Select Data Source: Enter Data about the relying party manually & Click on Next.
      •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - SAML 2.0 Wizard_Metadata manual
  • Enter Display Name & Click Next.
  • Upload the certificate & click Next. Download the certificate from plugin & use the same certificate to upload on ADFS.
  • Select Enable support for the SAML 2.0 WebSSO protocol & Enter ACS URL from the plugins Service Provider Info Tab. Click Next.
  •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - for the SAML 2.0 Wizard_Enable SAML
  • Add Entity ID from plugins Service Provider Info Tab as Relying party trust identifier then click Add button & then click Next.
  •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - SAML 2.0 Wizard_URL
  • Also download the Signing certificate from Service Provider Info Tab from the plugin.
  • Select Permit everyone as an Access Control Policy & click on Next.
  •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - for SAML 2.0 Wizard Multi-Factor
  • Click the Next button from Ready to Add Trust & click Close.
  • It will show you the list of Relying Party Trusts. Select the respective application & click on Edit Claim Issuance Policy.
  •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - SAML 2.0 Wizard Edit Claim
  • Click on Add Rule button.
  •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - for SAML 2.0 Wizard Claim Rule
  • Select Send LDAP Attributes as Claims & click on Next.
  •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - for SAML 2.0 Configure_LDAP Attributes
  • Enter the following details & click on Finish.
  • Claim rule name: Attributes
    Attribute Store: Active Directory
    LDAP Attribute: E-Mail-Addresses
    Outgoing Claim Type: Name ID
     ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - for the SAML 2.0 Add Transform Claim Rule
  • Click Apply and then Ok.
  • Select property of the application & add the certificate downloaded from the add-on.
  •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - for the SAML 2.0 Add Certificate

* Windows SSO (optional)

 ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  Steps to configure ADFS for Windows Authentication

  • Open elevated Command Prompt on the ADFS Server and execute the following command on it:
    •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS, setspn -a HTTP/##ADFS Server FQDN## ##Domain Service Account##

      Configure ADFS a
                    s IDP -SAML - ADFS SSO Login FQDN is Fully Qualified Domain Name (Example : adfs4.example.com)

       ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS, Domain Service Account is the username of the account in AD.

       ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS, Example : setspn -a HTTP/adfs.example.com username/domain

  • Open AD FS Management Console and go to Authentication Policies section, edit the Global Authentication Policies. Check Windows Authentication in Intranet zone.
  •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - Management Application
  • Open Internet Explorer. Navigate to Security tab in Internet Options.
  • Add the FQDN of AD FS to the list of sites in Local Intranet and restart the browser.
  • Select Custom Level for the Security Zone. In the list of options, select Automatic Logon only in Intranet Zone.
  •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS,  - for the SAML 2.0 Wizard_Enable SAML
  • Open the powershell and execute following two commands to enable windows authentication in Chrome browser.
    •  ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS, Set-AdfsProperties -WIASupportedUserAgents ((Get-ADFSProperties | Select -ExpandProperty WIASupportedUserAgents) + "Chrome")

       ADFS SAML SSO, Single Sign-On, login using ADFS, Get-AdfsProperties | Select -ExpandProperty WIASupportedUserAgents

  • You have configured ADFS for Windows Authentication. Now to add Relying Party for your Joomla you can follow these steps.

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

      Azure_As_Idp 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

      Azure_As_Idp 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

      Azure_As_Idp 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

      Azure_As_Idp Add a button on your site login page with the following URL:

      Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP Signin Settings

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.

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.

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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How miniorange Joomla SAML SSO plugin works?


SAML 2.0 SP Single Sign On ( SAML SSO) - Service Provider Plugin acts as a SAML 2.0 Service Provider which can be configured to establish the trust between the Joomla site and various SAML 2.0 supported Identity Providers to securely authenticate (Secure Login) the user to the Joomla site.
SAML 2.0 SP Single Sign On (SSO) - Service Provider plugin also provides Cross-Domain / Sub-domain login sharing with other Joomla websites.
We also provide a separate plugin that enables Joomla to act as an Identity Provider. It supports authentication with Joomla, user management, session management, change password, etc. You can configure any service provider with your Joomla site with the help of this plugin.

What is the use of the configuration or integration with SAML SSO?


Miniorange Provides best SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) solution to ADFS. SSO reduces the number of attack surfaces because users only log in once each day and only use one set of credentials. Reducing login to one set of credentials improves enterprise security. When employees have to use separate passwords for each app, they usually don't.
Single Sign-On (SSO) is a highly secure user authentication process. SSO lets the users access multiple applications with a single account credential and sign out instantly with one click. Mini orange Joomla plugin supports SSO. To provide single sign-on services for your domain, Joomla acts as a service provider (SP) through the SAML (Secure Assertion Markup Language) standard.
ADFS [SAML] Single Sign-On (SSO) login for Joomla can be achieved by using our Joomla SAML SP Single Sign-On(SSO) plugin. Our plugin is compatible with all the SAML compliant Identity providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure SAML SSO login between the Joomla site and ADFS.

ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) SSO :-


The Joomla SAML Single Sign On SSO plugin supports SSO with ADFS, allowing the users in your organization to login to your Joomla site using their organization Active Directory Federation Services credentials.
You can use the Joomla Single Sign-On plugin to map the user information such as first name, last name, employee details, etc from Active Directory Federation Services to your Joomla site in order to achieve ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) login into Joomla.
We also support Joomla Single Sign On with multiple Active Directory Federation Services organizations on the same site using our All-Inclusive plan. We provide seamless integration between Joomla Single Sign On and ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) in which you can provide Role controls to your users based on Google Groups or Organizational Unit membership. Joomla SAML Single Sign On SSO is a leading enterprise-grade plugin trusted by thousands of organizations from schools to large public companies, for enabling SSO with Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS).

Additional Resources.

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

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