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


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

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

1. Configure Authanvil as IdP

     Authanvil SAML SSO Single Sign On into Joomla | login using Authanvil into Joomla, icon  Prerequisites: Copy these values from the Service Provider Info tab of the SAML plugin.

    • SP Entity ID
    • ACS URL
     Authanvil SAML SSO Single Sign On into Joomla | login using Authanvil into Joomla, instruction Instructions:

    • Login to Authanvil and Go to SSO Management +(add icon) Create New Application Custom Application.
    •  Authanvil SAML SSO Single Sign On into Joomla | login using Authanvil into Joomla, sso management
    • Enter the Application Name.
    •  Authanvil SAML SSO Single Sign On into Joomla | login using Authanvil into Joomla,  application
    • Go to Protocol Setup and Enter following info:
    • Protocol Setup SP-INIT
      Assertion Consumer Service URL ACS URL copied from the plugin
      Allow Multiple Audiences Unchecked
      Audience URI SP Entity ID copied from the plugin
      Service Entity ID SP Entity ID copied from the plugin
       Authanvil SAML SSO Single Sign On into Joomla | login using Authanvil into Joomla,  protocol setup
    • Enter Advanced Setting
    • Include All Audience URIs Checked
      Sign Token Response Checked
      Sign Assertion Unchecked
      Signing Algorithm SHA1
       Authanvil SAML SSO Single Sign On into Joomla | login using Authanvil into Joomla, advance setting
    • Go to Attribute Transformation Tab and select Specify Custom Attribute Transformation. Add the NameID attribute and click on Add. Then add the name attribute as given in the image.
    •  Authanvil SAML SSO Single Sign On into Joomla | login using Authanvil into Joomla, attribute transformation  Authanvil SAML SSO Single Sign On into Joomla | login using Authanvil into Joomla,  custom attribute
    • Go to Permission tab and add Groups to which you want to give access to this application.
    •  Authanvil SAML SSO Single Sign On into Joomla | login using Authanvil into Joomla,  permission application
    • Click on Add Application and then Save Changes.
    • Open the app. Click on View Federation Metadata in Protocol Setup Tab and save the generated metadata xml file. This metadata file will be required to configure the plugin.
    •  Authanvil SAML SSO Single Sign On into Joomla | login using Authanvil into Joomla,  metadata xml

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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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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