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

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


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

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

1. Configure SURFconext as IdP

  • Login into your SURFconext SP dashboard.
  • You will be presented with the WAYF (Where Are You From) screen. Select the Identity Provider that refers to the service you want to add ex: eduID.
  • SURFconext SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using SURFconext into Joomla, Select IDP
  • In the SP Dashboard window, click on add entity for test environment for Test Environment / add entity for production environment for Production Environment.
  • SURFconext SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using SURFconext into Joomla, Select type of entity
  • In CREATE REGISTRATION FORM select the following options and click on Create
  • Protocol SAML 2.0
    From existing entity No, create blank registration form
    SURFconext SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using SURFconext into Joomla, Enter Registration form Details
  • In the Service Provider registration form import the Metadata URL or paste Metadata from the plugin's Service Provider Metadata tab.
  • SURFconext SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using SURFconext into Joomla, Import Metadata from plugin
  • Select the Name-ID format as required.
  • Enter the Logo url, Name and Description.
  • SURFconext SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using SURFconext into Joomla, Enter required details
  • Enter the required data in Administrative contact and Technical contact section.
  • SURFconext SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using SURFconext into Joomla, Enter contact details
  • Once you have entered all the required data click on Publish.
  • SURFconext as IDP- Single Sign-On(SSO)for Joomla - SURFconext SSO Login -Integration of SURFconext as IDP into Joomla using SAML Single-Sign-On (SSO), Click on Publish
  • After the Test Environment / Production Environment is published, you will be presented with list of Identity Providers.
  • Select SURFconext test IDP / SURFconext Mujina IDP link to get the IDP metadata.
  • SURFconext SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using SURFconext into Joomla, Test IDP
  • Copy the Test Environment / Production Environment link to fetch the IDP metadata for configuring the Service Provider.
  • SURFconext SAML Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla | Login using SURFconext into Joomla, To fetch IDP Metadata

    You have successfully configured SURFconext as SAML IDP (Identity Provider) for achieving SURFconext 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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Additional Resources.

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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