Guide to Configure Single Sign-On (SSO) between Absorb as IDP and Moodle as SP


SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) for your Moodle site can be achieved using our miniOrange SAML 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 Single Sign-On (SSO) between Absorb as Identity Provider (IdP) and Moodle as Service Provider (SP).

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To configure Absorb as IdP with Moodle, you will need to install the miniOrange SAML 2.0 SSO plugin:

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Step 1: Configure Absorb LMS as IDP

Follow the steps below to configure Absorb LMS as an Identity Provider

miniorange img Setup IDP

  • In the miniOrange SAML 2.0 SSO plugin, navigate to Service Provider Metadata tab. Here, you can find the SP metadata such as SP Entity ID and ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL which are required to configure the Identity Provider.
  • moodle saml upload metadata
  • Login to the Absorb admin portal as a System Admin and navigate to Portal Settings. From Portal Settings, there is a button in the right-side menu labelled Manage SSO Settings. If you can't see this button, please contact your Absorb Client Success Manager to discuss enabling the feature.
  • Absorb LMS manage sso settings
  • Click Add at the bottom of the page.
  • Now in the Name field you can enter some descriptive connection name of your choice. This name is only visible to admins.
  • Absorb LMS SP initiated outbound setup
  • In the Method field select SAML.
  • In the Key field enter the Service provider certificate which you can get from the miniOrange SAML plugin under the Service Provider Setup tab.
  • Absorb LMS SP certificate
  • In the Id Property field select the Absorb user profile field that Absorb should send as the NameID in the SAML assertion. This should be a unique identifier for learners.
  • The Assertion Consumer Service Url can be left blank as it should be provided to Absorb via the SAML Request. However if you are experiencing issues, you can hard code an ACS URL which you can get from the Service Provider Setup tab of the miniOrange SAML plugin.
  • Set the Signature Type to SHA1.
  • Include User Data: You can opt to send user data from the Absorb LMA to WordPress site in addition to the SAML Response by enabling this toggle.

    If OFF: No attributes will be included in the response.
    If ON: Absorb will append the following LMS attributes to the SAML Response in the AttributeStatement:
    • FirstName
    • LastName
    • Email
    • UserId
    • Username
    • UserExternalId
    • EmployeeNumber
    • JobTitle
    • DepartmentId
    • DepartmentName
    • ExternalDepartmentId
    • IsAdmin
  • Absorb LMS include user data
  • Include Custom Fields: You can select to include any custom user fields present in the Absorb LMS as part of the attributes returned in the SAML Response.
    Note: This field is only visible if Include User Data is on.
  • Absorb LMS include custom fields

Step 2: Configuring Moodle site as Service Provider

We will go through the steps to setup Moodle as a Service Provider. Here, we will be adding the IdP metadata to configure the plugin.




In the miniOrange SAML SSO plugin, go to the Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

A. By uploading IDP metadata:

  • Click on the Upload IDP metadata button.
  • Enter the Identity Provider Name.
  • You can copy and paste the IdP metadata XML file and click on the Upload Metadata button or use a metadata URL and click on Fetch Metadata.
  • wordpress saml upload metadata

B.Manual Configuration:

  • Provide the required settings (i.e. Identity Provider Name, IdP Entity ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider.
  • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.
  • wordpress saml upload metadata

Step 3: Attribute Mapping

  • When the user performs SSO, the NameID value is sent by the Identity Provider. This value is unique for every user.
  • To assign by which attribute value the user should authenticate or create, select Email (default) or Username in Login/Create Moodle account by:
  • For the plugin to access these attributes, assign the values for Email and Username as 'NameID' (without quotes).
  • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.
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Step 4: Role Mapping

  • In the free plugin, you can choose a default role that will be assigned to all the non-admin users when they perform SSO. [NOTE: Roles will be assigned to new users created by SSO. Existing Moodle users’ roles will not be affected.]
  • Go to the Attribute/Role Mapping tab and navigate to the Role Mapping section.
  • Select the Default Role and click on the Save button to save your configuration.
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Step 5: SSO Settings

  • In the plugin, you can add a login widget to enable SP-Initiated SSO on your site.
  • Go to the Plugins >> Authentication >> Manage authentication.
  • Click on the to enable the plugin visibility.
  • Click on the ⬆ to set plugin preference.
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In the miniOrange SAML SSO plugin, go to the Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

A. By uploading IDP metadata:

  • Click on Upload IDP metadata button.
  • Enter the Identity Provider Name
  • You can copy and past IdP metadata XML file and click on Upload Metadata button or use a metadata URL and click on Fetch Metadata.
  • wordpress saml upload metadata

B.Manual Configuration:

  • Provide the required settings (i.e. Identity Provider Name, IdP Entity ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider.
  • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.
  • wordpress saml upload metadata

Step 3: Attribute Mapping

  • When the user performs SSO, the NameID value is sent by the Identity Provider. This value is unique for every user.
  • To assign by which attribute value user should authenticate or create select Email or Username in Login/Create Moodle account by:
  • For the plugin to access these attribute assign the Email and Username attribute.
  • Addtionally user attributes can be mapped (such as Firstname and Lastname).
  • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.
  • wordpress saml attribute mapping

Step 4: Custom Attribute Mapping:

  • This feature allows you to map custom attribute sent by the IDP to the Moodle attributes.
  • You can add multiple attributes by click on "+" button.
  • Click on the Save button to save your configurations.
  • wordpress saml custom attribute mapping

Step 5: Role Mapping

  • This feature allows you to assign and manage roles of the users when they perform SSO. Along with the default Moodle roles, this is compatible with any custom roles as well.
  • Group/Role attribute will provide a mapping for the field name which contains role-related information sent by the IDP and will be used for Role Mapping.
  • Navigate to role mapping section and provide the mappings for the respective roles.
  • For example, If you have a user whose Group/Role attribute value is idp-teacher and you want to assign it to the teacher group then, just provide idp-teacher in the Teacher: field of Role mapping section.
  • Click on the Save button to save your configurations.
  • wordpress saml role mapping

Step 6: SSO settings

  • In the plugin you can add a login widget to enable SP-Initiated SSO on your site.
  • Click on Click here link which will redirect to the Manage authentication menu
  • wordpress saml role mapping
  • Click on the to enable the plugin visibility.
  • Click on the ⬆ to set plugin preference.
  • wordpress saml role mapping
  • To enable auto-redirect from Moodle login page to WordPress site .
  • Click on the Enable Auto-redirect to IDP from Moodle login page.
  • Note down Backdoor URL it will be useful when SSO fails.
  • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.
  • moodle saml role mapping


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