SAML Single Sign-On into Joomla using Azure AD | Azure Active Directory SSO | Login using Azure AD


Azure AD Single Sign-On (SSO) login for Joomla [SAML] can be achieved by using our Joomla SAML SP Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin. Our plugin is compatible with Joomla 4 as well as with all the SAML compliant Identity Providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure SAML SSO login between Joomla site and Azure Active Directory by considering Azure AD as IdP (Identity Provider) and Joomla as SP (Service Provider).

What is SSO ?


Single sign-on (SSO) is an authentication method 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 between Service Provider and Identity provider, SAML is integration 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.



How to configure SSO with Azure Active Directory (AD) as Identity provider (IDP) Joomla as Service provider (SP)


Miniorange provides the best SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) solution to Azure active directory (AD)/ Office 365 SSO. SSO reduces the number of attack surfaces because users only login once each day and only use one set of credentials. Reducing login to one set of credentials improves enterprise security. When employees have to use separate passwords for each app, they usually don't. Single sign-on (SSO) is a highly secure user authentication process. SSO lets the users access multiple applications with a single account credential and sign out instantly with one click. Mini orange Joomla plugin supports SSO. To provide single sign-on services for your domain, Joomla acts as a service provider (SP) through the SAML (Secure Assertion Markup Language) standard.

Azure AD / Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) login for Joomla [SAML] can be achieved by using our Joomla SAML SP Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin. Our plugin is compatible with all the SAML compliant Identity providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure SAML SSO login between Joomla site and Azure AD / Office 365 SAML SSO by considering Azure AD/Office 365 as IdP (Identity Provider) and Joomla as SP (Service Provider)



Pre-requisites : Download And Installation


  • Log into your Joomla instance as an admin.
  • Go to the Joomla Dashboard -> Extensions -> Manage and click on Install.
  • Seach for a Joomla SAML SSO plugin and then select SAML SSO for Joomla plugin by miniOrange
  • Then cllick on Install Now.

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


1. Configure Azure Active Directory as IdP

  • Log in to Azure AD Portal. Click on Azure Active Directory
  • Joomla AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - Login to Amazon Console
  • Click on App Registrations, then click on New Registration.
  • Joomla AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - Search for AWS Cognito
  • Assign a Name and choose the account type to your Application. In the Redirect URI field, provide the ACS URL provided in Service Provider metadata tab of the plugin and then click on Register button.
  • Joomla AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - AWS Cognito User Pools
  • Now, navigate to Expose an API from left menu panal and click the Set button to replace the APPLICATION ID URI with the plugin's SP Entity ID.
  • Joomla AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - Create New AWS Cognito Pool
  • Here, enter the SP Entity ID value from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the plugin.
    NOTE: Please ensure that the SP Entity ID value from the Service Provider Metadata tab doesn't have a trailing slash('/'). If SP Entity ID has a trailing slash then update it by removing the trailing slash from the SP EntityID / Issuer field under the Service Provider Metadata tab of the plugin, enter the updated value at Azure end and click on the Save button.
  • Joomla AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - Name your AWS Cognito User Pool
  • Go back to Azure Active DirectoryApp Registrations window and click on Endpoints link.
  • Joomla AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - Name your AWS Cognito User Pool
  • This will navigate up to a window with multiple URLs.
  • Copy the Federation Metadata document URL to get the Endpoints required for configuring your Service Provider.
  • Joomla AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - Name your AWS Cognito User Pool
  • You have successfully configured Azure AD as SAML IdP ( Identity Provider) for achieving Azure AD SSO login into your Joomla Site.
  • Log in to Azure AD Portal
  • Select Azure Active Directory ⇒ Enterprise Applications.
  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Azure AD SSO Login - Enterprise registrations
  • Click on New Application.
  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Azure AD as Identity Provider (IdP),for SAML 2.0 Azure AD Login - New Application
  • Click on Non-gallery application section and enter the name for your app and click on Add button.
  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Azure AD SSO Login - Add Non-Gallery Application
  • Click on Single sign-on from the application's left-hand navigation menu. The next screen presents the options for configuring single sign-on. Click on SAML.
  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Azure AD SSO Login - Select SAML authentication SSO
  • Enter the SP Entity ID for Identifier and the ACS URL for Reply URL from Service Provider Info tab of the plugin.
  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Azure AD SSO Login - Configure SAML 2.0 Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Azure AD SSO Login - Setup SAML 2.0
  • By default, the following Attributes will be sent in the SAML token. You can view or edit the claims sent in the SAML token to the application under the Attributes tab.
  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Azure AD SSO Login - Azure AD User attributes
  • Copy App Federation Metadata Url. This will be used while configuring the SAML plugin.
  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Azure AD SSO Login - App Federation Metadata Url
  • Assign users and groups to your SAML application
    • As a security control, Azure AD will not issue a token allowing a user to sign in to the application unless Azure AD has granted access to the user. Users may be granted access directly, or through group membership.
    • Click on Users and groups from the applications left-hand navigation menu. The next screen presents the options for assigning the users/groups to the application.
    • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Azure AD SSO Login - assign groups and users
    • After clicking on Add user, Select Users and groups in the Add Assignment screen.
    • The next screen presents the option for selecting user or invite an external user. Select the appropriate user and click on the Select button.
    • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Azure AD SSO Login - add users
    • Here, you can also assign a role to this user under Select Role section. Finally, click on Assign button to assign that user or group to the SAML application.
    • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Azure AD SSO Login - select Role,Assign

2: Configuring Joomla as Service Provider (SP)

  • 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.

  • Joomla uses a concept of Roles, designed to give the site owner the ability to control what users can and cannot do within the site.
  • 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.
  • 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 .

  • 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

    Step 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.

    Step 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.

    Step 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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Shibboleth, Onelogin, Okta, SimpleSamlPhp, Google apps, Bitium, OpenAM, miniorange IDP, Centrify and many more.

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