Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) WordPress OAuth & OpenID | Keycloak SSO

Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) WordPress OAuth & OpenID | Keycloak SSO


Configure Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) with WordPress OAuth & OpenID Connect Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin. Enable secure login into WordPress using Keycloak as OAuth and OpenID Connect provider. Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) with WordPress allows your users to login to your WordPress and access the site by authenticating with their Keycloak identity provider. You can also configure plugin using different IDPs such as Azure AD, Office 365, and other custom providers. It supports advanced Single Sign-On (SSO) features such as user profile Attribute mapping, Role mapping, multi-tenant login etc. Here we will go through a guide to configure Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) with WordPress for user authentication. By the end of this guide, users should be able to perform secure login to WordPress and access the site with Keycloak SSO. To know more about other features we provide in WP OAuth Single Sign-On ( OAuth & OpenID Connect Client ) plugin, you can click here.

Pre-requisites : Download And Installation


  • Log into your WordPress instance as an admin.
  • Go to the WordPress Dashboard -> Plugins and click on Add New.
  • Search for a WordPress OAuth Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin and click on Install Now.
  • Once installed click on Activate.



Steps to configure Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into WordPress

1. Setup Keycloak as OAuth Provider

  • First of all, Download Keycloak and install it.
  • Start Server: Start the keycloak server by running the _standalone.sh_ file.
  • Root Directory of keycloak bin standalone.sh
  • Add Realm : Now login to keycloak administration console and navigate to your desired realm. You can add new realm by selecting Add Realm option.
  • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - add realm
  • Create realm: Enter Realm Name and keep the realm name handy as it will required later to configure the Realm under the OAuth Client plugin. Click on CREATE to add realm.
  • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - add realm
  • Create OpenID client: Click on the Clients and choose create to create a new client. Enter client id and select client protocol openeid-connect and select Save.
  •  Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - client id
  • Change Access type: After client is created change its access type to confidential.
  •  Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - change access type
  • Enter Valid Redirect URIs: Copy callback URL from plugin and then click on SAVE. Ex -- https:///oauth/callback
  •  Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - change access type
  • Get Client Secret: Now we need to get client secret. So select Clients and select credentials and copy your secret from here.
  •  Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - client id client secret
  • Plugin Configuration: Enter copied Client Secret under Client secret field in the OAuth Client plugin, and enter the Client Name under the Client ID field.
  • Add User: We need to add users to realm who will be able to access the resources of realm. Click on the Users and choose to Add a new User.
  • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - add user
  • User Configuration: After user is created following action needs to be performed on it.
    • 1) Setting a password for it so click on Credentials and set a new Password for the user.

    Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - set password

    NOTE : Disabling Temporary will make user password permanent.

  • Map User: We need to map user to a role. Click on Role Mappings and assign the user desired role from available roles and clicking on add selected.
  •  Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - map user
  • Create ROLE: The Role will be used by your applications to define which users will be authorized to access the application. Click on the Roles and choose Add Role.
  • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - add role

    Step 1.1: Steps to fetch the Group mapper [Premium]

    • Create groups: Click on the Groups and choose New to create a new group.
    •  Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - create group
    • Assign user to group: Select the user whom you want to add in group. Choose Groups option from tab and then select the group-name and click on join.
    •  Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - assign group
    • Keycloak Group Mapper: Now to get group details we need to perform its client mapping with group membership else group details will not be fetched. So in Client section, select your client and then click on mapper->create.
    • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - group mapper Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - group mapper
    • Now, select mapper type as Group Membership and enter the name and token claim name i.e the attribute name corresponding to which groups will be fetched. Turn Off the full group path, Add to ID token and Add to access token options, and click on Save.
    • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - group mapper

      Note: -- If full path is on group path will be fetched else group name will be fetched.

    Step 1.2: Steps to fetch the Role mapper [Premium]

    • Keycloak Role Mapper: Now to get role details we need to perform its client mapping with role membership else role details will not be fetched. So in Client section, select your client and then click on mapper->create.
    • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - group mapper Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - group mapper
    • Now, select mapper type as user realm Role Membership and enter the name. and token claim name i.e the attribute name corresponding to which groups will be fetched. Add to ID token and Add to access token options, and click on Save.
    • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - group mapper

You have successfully configured Keycloak as OAuth Provider for achieving Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) with WordPress for user authentication.


2. Setup WordPress as OAuth Client


  • Go to Configure OAuth tab and click Add New Application to add a new client application into your website.
  • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Add new application
  • Choose your Application from the list of OAuth / OpenID Connect Providers, Here Keycloak
  • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Select Application
  • Copy the Callback URL to be used in OAuth Provider Configuration. Click Next.
  • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Callback URL
  • Configure App name , Domain Name & Realm found from the Keycloak SSO application. Click Next.
  • Note: -- The domain name would be the domain of the machine where your keycloak is running followed by the port number, for e.g if your keycloak is running on localhost then the domain would be http://localhost:8080.

    Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Add App name, TenantID
  • Client Credentials like Client ID & Client Secret is shown in the setup dialogue box, openid is already filled. Click Next.
  • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Client ID & Client Secret
  • Click on Finish to save the configuration.
  • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Finish configuration

You have successfully configured WordPress as OAuth Client for achieving user authentication with Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) login into your WordPress Site.


3. User Attribute Mapping

  • User Attribute Mapping is mandatory for enabling users to successfully login into WordPress. We will be setting up user profile attributes for WordPress using below settings.
  • Finding user attributes

    • Go to Configure OAuth tab. Scroll down and click on Test Configuration.
    •  Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - test congifuration
    • You will see all the values returned by your OAuth Provider to WordPress in a table. If you don't see value for First Name, Last Name, Email or Username, make the required settings in your OAuth Provider to return this information.
    • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - test congifuration result
    • Once you see all the values in Test Configuration, go to Attribute / Role Mapping tab, you will get the list of attributes in a Username dropdown.
    • Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - attribute/role mapping

4. Role Mapping [Premium]

  • Click on “Test Configuration” and you will get the list of Attribute Names and Attribute Values that are sent by your OAuth provider.
  • From the Test Configuration window, map the Attribute Names in the Attribute Mapping section of the plugin. Refer to the screenshot for more details.
  • wordpress oauth client plugin sso : attribute mapping
  • Enable Role Mapping: To enable Role Mapping, you need to map Group Name Attribute. Select the attribute name from the list of attributes which returns the roles from your provider application.
    Eg: Role

  • wordpress oauth client plugin sso : test configuration - role mapping
  • Assign WordPress role to the Provider role: Based on your provider application, you can allocate the WordPress role to your provider roles. It can be a student, teacher, administrator or any other depending on your application. Add the provider roles under Group Attribute Value and assign the required WordPress role in front of it under WordPress Role.

    For example, in the below image. Teacher has been assigned the role of Administrator & Student is assigned the role of Subscriber.
  • wordpress oauth client plugin sso : test configuration - role mapping
  • Once you save the mapping, the provider role will be assigned the WordPress administrator role after SSO.
    Example: As per the given example, Users with role ‘teacher’ will be added as Administrator in WordPress and ‘student’ will be added as Subscriber.

5. Sign In Settings

  • The settings in Single Sign-On (SSO) Settings tab define the user experience for Single Sign-On (SSO). To add a Keycloak login widget on your WordPress page, you need to follow the below steps.
    • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
    • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
    •  Keycloak  Single Sign-on (SSO) - WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
    • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
    • Keycloak   Single Sign-on (SSO) - WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • Open your WordPress page and you can see the Keycloak SSO login button there. You can test the Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) now.
    • Make sure the "Show on login page" option is enabled for your application. (Refer to the below image)
    • Keycloak Single Sign-on (SSO) - WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • Now, go to your WordPress Login page. (Eg. https://< your-wordpress-domain >/wp-login.php)
    • You will see an Keycloak SSO login button there. Once you click the login button, you will be able to test the Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO).
    • Keycloak  Single Sign-on (SSO) - WordPress create-newclient login button setting

6: Scope and Endpoints

Please refer the below table for configuring the scope & endpoints for Keycloak in the plugin.

Scope: email profile openid
Authorize Endpoint: <keycloak domain>/auth/realms/{realm-name}/protocol/openid-connect/auth
Access Token Endpoint: <keycloak domain>/auth/realms/{realm-name}/protocol/openid-connect/token
Get User Info Endpoint: <keycloak domain>/auth/realms/{realm-name}/protocol/openid-connect/userinfo
Custom redirect URL after logout: [optional] https://{domain-name}/auth/realms/{realm-name}/protocol/openid-connect/logout?redirect_uri=encodedRedirectUri

In this Guide, you have successfully configured Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) by configuring Keycloak as OAuth Provider and WordPress as OAuth Client using our WP OAuth Single Sign-On ( OAuth / OpenID Connect Client ) plugin.This solution ensures that you are ready to roll out secure access to your WordPress site using Keycloak login credentials within minutes.


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