Guide for Joomla Single Sign On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider (IdP)

Okta Single Sign On (SSO) For Joomla miniOrange provides a ready to use solution for Joomla. This solution ensures that you are ready to roll out secure access to your Joomla site using Okta within minutes.

Step 1: Configuring Okta as Identity Provider (IdP)

  • Go to and login into Okta.
  • Log into Okta Admin Console.
  • Select Classic UI from top right of the dropdown.
  • okta-idp
  • Click on Add Applications.
  • okta-idp application
  • Click on Create New App.
  • Click on the SAML 2.0.
  • okta-idp saml
  • In General Settings, enter App Name and click on Next.
  • In SAML Settings, enter the following:
  • okta-idp samlettings
    Single Sign On URL Enter ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the module.
    Audience URI (SP Entity ID) Enter SP Entity ID / Issuer from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the module.
    Default Relay State Enter Relay State from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the module.
    Name ID Format Select E-Mail Address as a Name Id from dropdown list.
    Application Username Okta username.
  • Configure Attribute Statements and Group Attribute Statement (Optional).
  • okta-idp attributes

Step 2: Assigning Groups/People

  • After creating and configuring the app go to the Assignment Tab in Okta.
  • Here we select the peoples and groups you want to give access to login through this app. Assign this to the people/group you would to give access to.
  • okta-idp groups
  • After assigning the people/groups to your app go to Sign On tab.
  • Click on view setup instructions to get the SAML Login URL (Single Sign on URL), Single Logout URL, IDP Entity ID and X.509 Certificate.
  • okta-idp samlcertificate

Step 3: Configuring Joomla as Service Provider (SP)

  • In miniOrange SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup Tab. There are two ways to configure the plugin with your IDP(okta-idp):
  • I. By Uploading Okta Metadata.xml file(Recommended):

      1. Click on Upload IDP Metadata to upload your IDP(okta-idp) metadata.

      okta-idp metadata 2. Choose metadata file and click on Upload.

      okta-idp metadata url

    II. Manual Configuration :

    • In miniOrange SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup Tab. Enter the following values:
      IDP Entity ID Identity Provider Issuer from Okta Setup Instructions
      Single Sign-On Service URL Identity Provider Single Sign-On URL from okta-idp Setup Instructions
      X.509 Certificate X.509 Certifiacate from Okta Setup Instructions

    III. Add a button on your site login page with the following URL:

      okta-idp sso

Step 4: 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 (okta-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 miniOrange 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 your Identity Provider (okta-idp)
  • okta-idp mapping
  • You can check the Test Configuration Results under Service Provider Setup tab to get a better idea of which values to map here.

Step 5: 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 (okta-idp).
  • While auto registering, the users are assigned roles based on the group they are mapped to.
  • okta-idp role mapping

Step 6: Redirection & SSO Links.

  • Go to Redirection & SSO Links 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.
  • okta-idp signin

Miniorange Joomla SAML Single sign-on(web SSO) supports multiple known IDPs like ADFS, Azure AD, Salesforce, Shibboleth, Onelogin, Okta, SimpleSamlPhp, Google apps, Bitium, OpenAM, miniorange IDP, Centrify and many more.

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