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

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


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

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

1. Configure SecureAuth as IdP

  • Log in to your SecureAuth IDP Admin console.
  • Now go to Post Authentication tab.
  • In the Post Authentication section, set Authenticated User Redirect to SAML 2.0 (SP Initiated) Assertion.


  •  SecureAuth SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla, | Login using SecureAuth as Identity Provider, Post Authentication Tab
  • In the User ID Mapping section, make the following entries:
    User ID Mapping Set to Email 1.
    Name ID Format Set to urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format-unspecified.
    Encode to Base64 Set to False.
  •  SecureAuth SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla, | Login using SecureAuth as Identity Provider, User ID Mapping
  • In the SAML Assertion / WS Federation section, make the following entries:

    WSFed Reply To /SAML Target URL Enter ACS (Assertion Consumer Service) URL from Service Provider Info tab of the plugin
    SAML Consumer URL Enter SP Entity ID / Issuer from Service Provider Info tab of the plugin
    WSFed/SAML Issuer Enter unique name that identifies the SecureAuth IDP to the application (as the SAML ID). This value is shared with the application and can be any word, phrase, or URL, but must match exactly in the SecureAuth IDP and joomla configurations. For example, https://secureauthfqdn/realm12
    SAML Recipient Enter Recipient URL from Service Provider Info tab of the plugin
    Sign SAML Assertion Set Sign SAML Assertion to True.
    Sign SAML Message Set Sign SAML Message to False.
  •  SecureAuth SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla, | Login using SecureAuth as Identity Provider, SAML Assertion
  • Leave the default value in the Signing Cert Serial Number field
  • Set the Domain to the SecureAuth IDP appliance URL or IP Address to download the metadata file. For example, https://secureauthfqdn

  •  SecureAuth SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla, | Login using SecureAuth as Identity Provider, Download Metadata
  • Click on Download link to download the SecureAuth IDP metadata file or note down the given information and keep it handy to configure the plugin.

  • You have successfully configured SecureAuth as SAML IDP (Identity Provider) for achieving SecureAuth 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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