LinkedIn OAuth & OpenID connect Single Sign-On (SSO) | LinkedIn SSO Login

LinkedIn OAuth & OpenID connect Single Sign-On (SSO) | LinkedIn SSO Login


WordPress OAuth & OpenID Connect Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin enables secure login into WordPress using Linkedin as OAuth and OpenID Connect provider. You can also configure plugin using different custom providers and standard IDPs. It supports advanced Single Sign-On (SSO) features such as user profile Attribute mapping, Role mapping, etc. Here we will go through a guide to configure SSO between WordPress and Linkedin. By the end of this guide, users should be able to login to WordPress from Linkedin. 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 Linkedin Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into WordPress

1. Setup Linkedin as OAuth Provider

  • First of all, go to https://www.linkedin.com/secure/developer?newapp= in order to create a new application. Click on Create Application button to create a new application.
  • LinkedIn sso Create-application
  • Enter the required details and click on the Create app button to save your changes.
  • LinkedIn sso submitchanges
  • Copy the Client Id and the Client Secret and save it in your miniOrange OAuth Client plugin under Client Id and the Client Secret text fields respectively.
  • LinkedIn sso Update-configuration
  • Copy the Redirect/ Callback URl from miniOrange OAuth Client plugin and enter it under OAuth 2.0 -> Authorized Redirect URLs textbox. Click on the Add button adjacent to the text box to save it. Finally, click on the Update button to save your configurations.
  • oauth sso linkedin redirect url
  • Select the Products as shown in the image below as these are necessary in order to set permissions.
  • LinkedIn sso Update-configuration
  • You will see the permissions as shown in the image below.
  • LinkedIn sso Update-configuration

You have successfully configured Linkedin as OAuth Provider for achieving Linkedin SSO login into your WordPress Site.


2. Setup WordPress as OAuth Client

  • Go to the Configure OAuth tab in the Plugin and search for LinkedIn app in the applications list, and select the LinkedIn app.
  • OAuth/OpenID Swiss Single Sign On SSO WordPress select-swissapp
  • Then, configure App Name, Client ID, Client Secret and Endpoints.
  • Enter Scope value as openid email.
  • Please refer the below table for configuring the scope & endpoints for Linkedin in the plugin.

    Client ID : from the step 3 above
    Client Secret : from the step 3 above
    Scope: r_emailaddress r_liteprofile w_member_social
    Authorize Endpoint: https://www.linkedin.com/oauth/v2/authorization
    Access Token Endpoint: https://www.linkedin.com/oauth/v2/accessToken
    Get User Info Endpoint: https://api.linkedin.com/v2/me
    Custom redirect URL after logout:[optional] https://YOUR_DOMAIN/v2/logout?client_id=YOUR_CLIENT_ID&returnTo=LOGOUT_URL
  • Click on Save Settings to save the configuration.
  • OAuth/OpenID Ping Identity Single Sign On SSO WordPress create-newclient configure-endpoints

You have successfully configured WordPress as OAuth Client for achieving Linkedin 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.
    • wordpress oauth client plugin : 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.
    • Linkedin Single Sign-On (SSO) WordPress 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.
    • Linkedin Single Sign-On (SSO) WordPress 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: Login Settings / Sign In Settings

  • The settings in Single Sign-On (SSO) Settings tab define the user experience for Single Sign-On (SSO). To add a Linkedin login widget on your WordPress page, you need to follow the below steps.
  • 1. Sign in settings for wordpress 5.7 and before :

    • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
    • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
    • Linkedin Single Sign-On (SSO) WordPress create-newclient login button setting

    2. Sign in settings for wordpress 5.8 :

    • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
    • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
    • Linkedin Single Sign-On (SSO) WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • Open your WordPress page and you can see the Linkedin SSO login button there. You can test the Linkedin Single Sign-On (SSO) now.

In this Guide, you have successfully configured Linkedin Single Sign-On (SSO) by configuring Linkedin 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 Linkedin SSO login credentials within minutes.


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