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SAML Single Sign-On SSO (login) into Joomla using Okta

miniOrange Joomla SAML SP SSO plugin helps you to integrate your Joomla site to Okta using SAML 2.0 protocol. The miniOrange Joomla SAML SP Single Sign-on (SSO) plugin is simple to set up Okta SSO into Joomla and enable secure login into Joomla. As a result, users can access multiple Joomla applications with one login after authenticating with their Okta IDP credentials.

Our plugin is compatible with Joomla 3 as well as Joomla 4 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 the Joomla site and Okta by considering Okta as IDP (Identity Provider) & 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 Joomla site, they can automatically access all resources of the Joomla site. 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.
Your SP then sends a SAML request to IDP when a user attempts to log in. Upon IDP authentication, it sends SAML assertions to the SP that provide information about the user. The assertion is received by SP, which then verifies it in accordance with the Identity Provider configuration and grants the user access to your Joomla website.

Pre-requisites : Download And Installation

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

1. Download and setup Joomla SAML SP Plugin

  • Download the zip file for the miniOrange SAML SP plugin for Joomla from the link here.
  • Login into your Joomla site’s Administrator console.
  • From left toggle menu, click on System, then under Install section click on Extensions.
  • Downlaod and Intall SAML SSO plugin
  • Here click on Browse for file button to locate and install the plugin file downloaded earlier.
  • Install the SAML SP Plugin from your computer
  • Installation of plugin is successful. Now click on Start Using miniOrange SAML SP plugin.
  • Start Using miniOrange SAML SP plugin
  • Then go to the Service Provider Metadata Tab, scroll down and copy the SP-EntityID and the ACS URL.
  • Copy SP-EntityID and ACS URL

2. Configure Okta as Identity Provider

  • Login into your Okta Admin dashboard.
  • Then click on the Appictions tab from the side-panel and then select Applications.
  • Login to Okta then go to Applications
  • You will get the following screen. Click on Create App Integration button.
  • Click on Create App Integration
  • Select SAML 2.0 as Sign-On method and Click on Next button.
  • Select Sign-On method
  • In General Settings tab, enter App Name and click on Next button.
  • Choose an App Name
  • In Configure SAML tab, enter the required details:
  • Single Sign On
    ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the
    Audience URL
    (SP Entity ID)
    SP Entity ID / Issuer from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the Plugin
    Relay State
    Relay State from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the Plugin
    Name ID
    Select E-Mail Address as a Name Id from dropdown list
    Okta username
    Paste SP-EntityID and ACS URL here
  • Configure Attribute Statements and Group Attribute Statements (Optional),then click on Next button.
  • Configure Attribute Statements
  • Navigate to the application you created and click on the Assignments Tab. Then click on Assign button to Assign People and Assign Groups.
  • Assign People and Assign Groups
  • Once you Assign the user, click on Done button.
  • Assign users
  • Navigate to Sign On tab and navigate to the the SAML Signing Certifiacte section.
  • Click on Action dropdown for the Active certificate and then click on the View IdP Metadata option to get IdP Metadata which will be required for configuring your Service Provider.
  • Copy IdP Metadata
  • You have successfully configured Okta as SAML Identity Provider, ensuring secure Okta Login into Joomla Site.

3. Configure Okta Identity Provider with Joomla SAML Service Provider

  • In Joomla SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup Tab, then click on Upload IdP metadata.
  • Upload IdP Metadata
  • Enter Metadata URL (Copied from Okta app) and click on Fetch Metadata.
  • Upload IdP Metadata
  • Or, Click on choose metadata file and click on Upload.
  • Upload IdP Metadata
  • Then Click on Save, and then Click on Test Configuration.
  • Test configuration
  • Congratulaions we have successfully configured Joomla SAML Service Provider with Okta as Identity Provider.

4. Attribute Mapping - Premium Feature (Included with Business Trial)

  • 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)
  • Attribute Mapping
  • You can check the Test Configuration Results under Service Provider Setup tab to get a better idea of which values to map here.

5. Group Mapping - Premium Feature (Included with Business Trial)

  • Group mapping helps you to assign specific Group to users of a certain group in your Identity Provider (IdP).
  • While auto registering, the users are assigned Group based on the group they are mapped to.
  • Group Mapping

6. Redirection & SSO Links - Premium Feature (Included with Business Trial)

  • 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.
  • Redirection & SSO

    You have successfully completed your miniOrange SAML 2.0 SP configurations. Still, if you are facing any difficulty please mail us on .

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How miniorange Joomla SAML SSO plugin works?

SAML 2.0 SP Single Sign On ( SAML SSO) - Service Provider Plugin acts as a SAML 2.0 Service Provider which can be configured to establish the trust between the Joomla site and various SAML 2.0 supported Identity Providers to securely authenticate (Secure Login) the user to the Joomla site.
SAML 2.0 SP Single Sign On (SSO) - Service Provider plugin also provides Cross-Domain / Sub-domain login sharing with other Joomla websites.
We also provide a separate plugin that enables Joomla to act as an Identity Provider. It supports authentication with Joomla, user management, session management, change password, etc. You can configure any service provider with your Joomla site with the help of this plugin.

What is the use of the configuration or integration with SAML SSO?

Miniorange Provides best SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) solution to Okta. SSO reduces the number of attack surfaces because users only log in 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.
Okta [SAML] Single Sign-On (SSO) login for Joomla 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 the Joomla site and Okta.

Additional Resources.

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

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