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Drupal SAML Single Sign On using Shibboleth 2 as Identity Provider

The Drupal SAML integration using the miniOrange SAML SP module establishes seamless SSO between Shibboleth 2 and the Drupal site. The users will be able to log in to the Drupal site using their Shibboleth 2 credentials. This document will walk you through the steps to configure Single Sign-On - SSO between Drupal as a Service Provider (SP) and Shibboleth 2 as an Identity Provider (IdP). The module is compatible with Drupal 7, Drupal 8, Drupal 9, and Drupal 10.

Installation Steps

  • Download the module:
    Composer require 'drupal/miniorange_saml'
  • Navigate to Extend menu on your Drupal admin console and search for miniOrange SAML Service Provider using the search box.
  • Enable the module by checking the checkbox and click on install button.
  • Configure the module at
  • Install the module:
    drush en drupal/miniorange_saml
  • Clear the cache:
     drush cr
  • Configure the module at
  • Navigate to Extend menu on your Drupal admin console and click on Install new module button.
  • Install the Drupal SAML SP 2.0 Single Sign On (SSO) - SAML Service Provider module either by downloading the zip or from the URL of the package (tar/zip).
  • Click on Enable newly added modules.
  • Enable this module by checking the checkbox and click on install button.
  • Configure the module at

Drupal SAML SP Metadata:

  • After installing the module on your Drupal site, in the Administration menu, navigate to Configuration → People → miniOrange SAML Login Configuration. (/admin/config/people/miniorange_saml/idp_setup)
  • Drupal SAML Single Sign-On - Select miniOrange SAML Login Configuration
  • Under the Service Provider Metadata tab, copy the SP Entity ID/Issuer and SP ACS URL and keep them handy. This SP metadata is required to configure Shibboleth 2 as Identity Provider (IdP).
  • Drupal SAML Single Sign-On - Copy SP information which is required to configure Okta as IdP

Configure SAML Single Sign-On Application in Shibboleth 2:

  • In conf/relying-party.xml, configure Service Provider like this:
  • Paste the previously copied information from the module's Service Provider Metadata tab into the respective fields.
    Shibboleth 2 Field Service Provider Information (Drupal)
    EntityDescriptorxmlns SP Entity ID/Issuer
    AssertionConsumerService SP ACS URL
      <MetadataProviderxsi:type="InlineMetadataProvider" xmlns="urn:mace:shibboleth:2.0:metadata" i d="MyInlineMetadata">
          <md:EntityDescriptorxmlns:md="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:metadata" e ntityID="<ENTITY_ID_FROM_PLUGIN>">
          <md:SPSSODescriptorAuthnRequestsSigned="false" WantAssert ionsSigned="true" protocolSupportEnumeration="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:protoco l">
          <urn:oasis:names:tc:SAM L:1.1:nameidformat:emailAddress</md:NameIDFormat>
          <md:AssertionConsumerService Binding="urn:oas is:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:https-POST"Location="<ACS_URL_FROM_PLUGIN >" index="1"/>
  • Make sure your Shibboleth server is sending Email Address of the user in . In attribute -resolver.xml, get the email attribute as Name ID

      <resolver:AttributeDefinitionxsi:type="ad:Simple" id="email" sourceAttributeID="mail">
          <resolver:Dependency ref="ldapConnector" />
          <resolver:AttributeEncoderxsi:type="enc:SAML2StringNameID" nameFormat="urn: oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress"/>
  • In attribute-filter.xml, release the email attribute:

      <afp:AttributeFilterPolicy id="releaseTransientIdToAnyone"> 
  • Restart the Shibboleth Server.
  • Once setup, you will need to use Shibboleth's Identity Provider Metadata, which looks like this format: "". Keep it handy. (This is required to configure Drupal as SAML SP.)

Configure Drupal as SAML Service Provider:

  • Go to your Drupal site. Navigate to the Service Provider Setup tab of the module and click on the Upload IDP Metadata.
  • Paste the previously copied Shibboleth Metadata URL into Upload Metadata URL text field. Click on the Fetch Metadata button.
  • Drupal-miniOrange-SAML-Upload-IDP-Metadata-Provide-Metadata-URL-field-Shibboleth

    Note: To update Identity Provider Name, follow these steps:

    • Under Action, select the Edit.
    • Enter Okta in the Identity Provider Name text field.
    • Scroll down and click on the Save Configuration button.
  • After successfully saving the configurations, click on the Test link to check the SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) connection between Drupal and Shibboleth 2.
  • Click-on-Test-link-to-check-the-SSO-connection-Shibboleth
  • On a Test Configuration popup, if you don't have an active session in the same browser, you will be asked to sign in to Shibboleth 2. After successfully logging into Shibboleth 2 account, you will be provided with a list of attributes that are received from the Shibboleth 2. Scroll down and click on Done button.
  • Drupal-SAML-SP-received-attribute-from-Shibboleth

How does SAML SSO login work?

  • Open a new browser/private window and navigate to the Drupal site login page.
  • Click the Login using Identity Provider (Shibboleth 2) link.
  • You will be redirected to the Shibboleth 2 login page. Enter the Shibboleth 2 credentials. After successful authentication, the user will be redirected back to the Drupal site.

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