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Configure Joomla login using LDAP / Active Directory

Configure Joomla login using LDAP / Active Directory


The miniOrange Active Directory/ LDAP Authentication Integration for Joomla Intranet sites plugin allows you to log in/authenticate into your Joomla website using your Active Directory / LDAP Server credentials. You can also map user attributes present in your Active Directory to the user profiles present in Joomla and assign Joomla roles to your users based on their Active Directory roles/attributes.

The premium version of our LDAP plugin supports a number of add-ons that enhance the functionality of the plugin such as auto-logging users on your Joomla site using the Kerberos / NTLM SSO authentication / Windows login add-on, importing users from your LDAP active directory to your Joomla website using the Import Users to Joomla add-on, syncing user password from Joomla to your LDAP active directory using our LDAP Password Sync add-on, syncing your Joomla user attributes to your LDAP active directory using the Directory Sync add-on and many more.

Know more about the Joomla LDAP / Active Directory Integration plugin.

Pre-requisites : Download And Installation

Setup Video: Joomla LDAP Login

Steps To Configure Active Directory Authentication On Your Joomla Site

1. Setup LDAP Configuration

  • Go to the Configure LDAP tab.
  • Directory Server: Select your directory server from the dropdown.
  • LDAP Server URL: Select the directory server protocol (LDAP / LDAPS) from the dropdown and then enter the hostname or IP address of the directory server and select the port number (389,636).
  • Service Account DN: Enter the service account username.
  • Service Account Password: Enter the password of the service account username.
  • Click on the Test Connection button to connect to your Active Directory / LDAP Server.
  • Configure Joomla LDAP Plugin
  • Once the connection is established with your Active Directory / LDAP Server, you can scroll down to the LDAP User Mapping Configurations.

LDAP User Mapping Configurations:

  • Search Base: Search Base: Enter the Search Base. If you need clarification on your Search Base, you can click on the Select Search Bases and select the preferred search base from the list. Our LDAP free version only allows you to choose one search base, you can allow your users present in different search bases to authenticate themselves in our premium version of the plugin.
  • Username Attribute: Select the LDAP Username attribute from the dropdown. This value will be the username for the LDAP users that log in to your Joomla site.
  • Click on the Save User Mapping button.
  • Configure Joomla LDAP Plugin

Test Authentication:

  • Enter the LDAP Username and the LDAP Password of any LDAP user that exists in the configured search Base.
  • Click on the Test Configuration button.
  • Configure Joomla LDAP Plugin

2. Setup Attribute Mapping

  • After successfully testing the connection to your Active Directory/ LDAP Server, proceed to the Attribute Mapping Tab.
  • Enter the username of an LDAP user and click on the Check Attributes Receiving button to get a list of the attributes received from the AD.
  • Configure Joomla LDAP Plugin
  • Select the Joomla Attributes based on your Active Directory / LDAP Server attributes and click on the Save Attribute Mapping button.
  • Configure Joomla LDAP Plugin
  • Adding User profile attributes and User Field attributes is a feature that is available in the premium version of our plugin.
  • After successfully configuring the attributes, proceed to the Sign-On Settings Tab.

3. Setup Sign-On Settings

  • Enable LDAP Login: Check the checkbox to enable login using LDAP. This allows your users to log in to your Joomla site using their LDAP credentials.
  • Configure Joomla LDAP Plugin
  • Users will be auto-registered into your Joomla database after they log in to your Joomla site using their LDAP credentials.
  • Click on the Save Login Settings button to allow your users to log in via their LDAP credentials

4. Setup Group Mapping

  • Go to the Group Mapping tab.
  • Enable Group Mapping: On checking this checkbox the default role will be assigned to your users once they login to your Joomla site using their LDAP credentials.
  • Select the default role from the Joomla roles dropdown lost.
  • Our LDAP Premium plugin enables you to map Joomla user roles based on their Active Directory roles.
  • Configure Joomla LDAP Plugin
  • Click on the Save Group Mapping button.

5. Login to Joomla using LDAP credentials

  • Open a private/incognito window and go to your Joomla site login page.
  • Enter the User's LDAP credentials. Remember, the username should match the LDAP attribute value you choose from the User Attribute dropdown.
  • Configure Joomla LDAP Plugin
  • The LDAP user has been created in Joomla with the registered group mapping assigned to it.
  • Configure Joomla LDAP Plugin
  • You have successfully logged into Joomla using your LDAP user.

You have successfully configured LDAP Login for Intranet Sites for Joomla.


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