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

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


PhenixID SAML Single sign-on (SSO) is an authentication method that enables PhenixID 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 PhenixID by considering PhenixID as IdP (Identity Provider & Joomla as SP (Service Provider).

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If you want support in configuring the plugin, or to integrate PhenixID with Joomla, click on Free Configuration Setup button.

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

1. Configure PhenixID as IdP

    miniorange img  Add Service Provider

    • First login to the PhenixID server admin console with your credentials.
    • Navigate to Scenarios tab and then click on Federation.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Admin Dashboard
    • In the left pane, scroll down then select SAML Metadata Upload and click on + sign.
    • In the Metadata tab, enter the application NAME (metadata) and DESCRIPTION (optional).
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Metadata tab
    • To upload SP metadata navigate to the Service Provider Metadata tab of the miniOrange WP SAML Plugin.
    • You can either copy the Metadata URL or upload the Metadata XML file from the plugin.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Uploading SP Metadata
    • Then click on Verify and show.

    miniorange img  Configure Username and Password

    • In the left pane, select Username and Password.
    • Click on + sign to provide IDP NAME and DESCRIPTION (Optional) then click on Next.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Name Description Configure
    • In the CONNECTION tab, select Create New then proceed to Next page.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Connection Configure
    • Choose the required Connection Type from the SELECT CONNECTION TYPE dropdown.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Connection type Configure
    • Give your connection a NAME and DESCRIPTION (Optional) and then click on Next.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Connection name
    • In the Driver tab, select the database driver according to your database and proceed to next screen.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Driver Database
    • Under CONNECTION DETAILS enter your database HOST.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Database host
    • Enter your DATABASE NAME.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Database Configuration
    • The console will now provide you with your database connection URL, verify it and click on Next.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Database URL
    • Under the Credentials tab enter your database Username and Password.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Database Username Password

    miniorange img Configure the Database

    • In the JDBC SEARCH SETTINGS tab, provide the database query required for mapping the attributes.
    • Make sure that attributes givenName, mail and sn are returned in the query then click on Next.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Query Configure
    • Now create an Entity ID for your IDP and make sure it is unique.
    • Also provide a POST SSO URL in the format specified.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, EntityID SSO URL
    • Next screen will show you the Keystore tab, you can choose Keystore of your choice or can keep it as a default.
    • Click on Next.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Keystore
    • In the Attributes tab, enter the User Identifier attribute and additional attributes if there are any and proceed to the next screen.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, User Identifier attribute
    • Select the SP you previously set up as Default SP from the dropdown.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Default SP
    • Click on Create to complete the setup.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Create setup
    • You can find your IDP listed on sidebar as submenu to Username and Password.
    • Select your IDP name, then navigate to the IDENTITY PROVIDER tab and click on View SAML Metadata to save the metadata XML file.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, View SAML data
    • Switch to the EXECUTION FLOW tab, select Find User and Validate Password.
    • Click on Prepared Statement Executor Valve and provide the attributes givenName, mail and sn Attributes box and click on Save.
    •  PhenixID SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using PhenixID into Joomla, Setup

      You have successfully configured PhenixID as SAML IdP (Identity Provider) for achieving PhenixID 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

    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,
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