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)

  • First of all, go to https://www.okta.com/login and log into your Okta account.
  • You will be presented with following screen. Click on Developer Console arrow and select Classic UI from the navigation bar on top.
  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider(IdP), Okta SSO Admin_Dashboard
  • Go to Applications -> Applications.
  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider(IdP), Okta Login - add_application
  • You will get the following screen. Click on Add Application button.
  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider(IdP), Okta Login - SAML 2.0 Configure
  • Now,click on Create New App button to create an app.
  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider(IdP), Okta Login - SAML 2.0 Configure
  • Choose Web as platform, SAML 2.0 as Sign on method and click on Create button.
  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider(IdP), Okta Login - SAML 2.0 Configure
  • In General Settings, enter App Name and click on Next button.
  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider(IdP), Okta Login - SAML_SETTINGS
    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.
    SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider(IdP), Okta Login - SAML_SETTINGS
  • Configure Attribute Statements and Group Attribute Statement (Optional).
  • okta-idp attributes

Step 2: Assigning Groups/People

  • Go to created application and click on the Assignment Tab in Okta.
  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider(IdP), Okta Login - Assign_groups
  • Here, we select the peoples and groups you want to give access to log in through this app.
  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider(IdP), Okta Login - Assign_groups
  • Click on Assign and then click on Done button.
  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider(IdP), Okta Login - Assign_groups
  • After assigning the people/groups to your app, go to Sign On tab and 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. You will need this to configure the Service Provider.
  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider(IdP), Okta Login - Assign_groups

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):
    • adfs idp plugins By Uploading Okta Metadata.xml file(Recommended):

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

        Joomla SAML SP Okta idp metadata 2. Choose metadata file and click on Upload.

        Joomla SAML SP Okta idp metadata url

      adfs idp plugins 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

      adfs idp plugins  Add a button on your site login page with the following URL:


        Joomla SAML SP 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)
  • Joomla SAML SP 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.
  • Joomla SAML SP okta idp role mapping

Step 6: 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 SAML SP okta idp signin

You have successfully Installed and Configured plugin

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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