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

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


CyberArk SAML Single sign-on (SSO) is an authentication method that enables CyberArk users to access multiple Joomla applications with one login and one set of credentials.

What is SSO ?


Single sign-on (SSO) is anauthenticationmethod 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 betweenService ProviderandIdentity provider, SAML isintegration 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.


Our plugin is compatible with Joomla 4 as well as with all the SAML 2.0 compliant Identity Providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure SAML SSO login between Joomla site and CyberArk by considering CyberArk as IdP (Identity Provider & Joomla as SP (Service Provider).

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

1. Configure CyberArk as IdP

  • Login with your CyberArk Administrator credentials.
  • CyberArk SAML Single-Sign-On (SSO) into Joomla | Login using CyberArk into Joomla, Login Page
  • Navigate to the Web Apps under Apps.
  • CyberArk SAML Single-Sign-On (SSO) into Joomla | Login using CyberArk into Joomla, SSO Page
  • Click on Add Web Apps.
  • CyberArk SAML Single-Sign-On (SSO) into Joomla | Login using CyberArk into Joomla, add application
  • Click on Custom button, select SAML app and click on Add.
  • CyberArk SAML Single-Sign-On (SSO) into Joomla | Login using CyberArk into Joomla, add saml
  • Click on Yes to add SAML app.
  • CyberArk SAML Single-Sign-On (SSO) into Joomla | Login using CyberArk into Joomla, add application
  • Under Settings, enter the following:
  • Name Enter a label for Service Provider.
    Description Enter description for your application.
    Logo Enter logo for your application.
    CyberArk SAML Single-Sign-On (SSO) into Joomla | Login using CyberArk into Joomla, sso setings
  • Click on Trust and click on the Download Metadata File keep the downloaded file handy as it will be used in the later steps.
  • CyberArk SAML Single-Sign-On (SSO) into Joomla | Login using CyberArk into Joomla, download metadata
  • Click on Choose File to upload the Metadata file downloaded from your Service Provider (Joomla) and click on Save.
  • To get the Metadata, go to the Service Provider tab in the miniOrange SAML plugin and copy the Metadata URL Or Download the Metadata xml file.
  • CyberArk SAML Single-Sign-On (SSO) into Joomla | Login using CyberArk into Joomla, metadata
  • To assign user to your application , click on Permissions and click on Add.
  • CyberArk SAML Single-Sign-On (SSO) into Joomla | Login using CyberArk into Joomla,  add permissions
  • Search for User, Group, or Role to assign user for the application and perform SSO.
  • CyberArk SAML Single-Sign-On (SSO) into Joomla | Login using CyberArk into Joomla, assign user
  • Click on Add button.
  • You have successfully configured CyberArk as SAML IDP (Identity Provider) for achieving CyberArk SSO login into your Joomla Site.


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

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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Miniorange Joomla SAML Single sign-on(web SSO) supports multiple known IDPs like WSO2, Azure AD, Salesforce,
Shibboleth, Onelogin, Okta, SimpleSamlPhp, Google apps, Bitium, OpenAM, miniorange IDP, Centrify and many more.

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