Guide to Configure Single Sign-On (SSO) between ADFS 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 ADFS as Identity Provider (IdP) and Moodle as Service Provider (SP).

miniorange img Pre-requisites : Download And Installation

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

miniOrange SAML 2.0 SSO

SSO Single Sign On to Moodle with Azure, Azure B2C, Okta, ADFS, Keycloak, Onelogin, Gsuite, Shibboleth & many SAML IdPs [24/7 SUPPORT]

Tested with 3.10.1

Step 1: Setup ADFS as Identity Provider

Follow the steps below to configure ADFS as IdP

miniorange img Configure ADFS as 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.
  • wordpress saml upload metadata
  • On ADFS, search for ADFS Management application.
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  • After opening the AD FS Management, select Relying Party Trust & then click on Add Relying Party Trust.
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  • Click the Start button from the Relying Party Trust Wizard pop up. But before that please make sure Claims aware is selected.
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  • Select the options for adding a relying party trust.
    • miniorange img Using Metadata URL

      • In Select Data Source: Import data about the relying party published online or on the local network option & then add URL in Federation metadata address (Navigate to Service Provider Info tab from the plugin for getting SP Meatadata URL).
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      • Skip step-5 to step-8 & start configuring from step-9.

      miniorange img Using Metadata XML file

      • In Select Data Source: Import data about the relying party from a file option & then browse the metadata file(You can download the SP metadata file from the plugin under the Service Provider Metadata tab).
      • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider(IdP),ADFS LOGIN - for Wizard_metadata file
      • Skip step-5 to step-8 & start configuring from step-9.

      miniorange img Using Manual configuration

      • In Select Data Source: Enter Data about the relying party manually & Click on Next.
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  • Enter Display Name & Click Next.
  • Upload the certificate & click Next. Download the certificate from plugin & use the same certificate to upload on ADFS.
  • Select Enable support for the SAML 2.0 WebSSO protocol & Enter ACS URL from the plugins Service Provider Info Tab. Click Next.
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  • Add Entity ID from plugins Service Provider Info Tab as Relying party trust identifier then click Add button & then click Next.
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  • Also download the Signing certificate from Service Provider Info Tab from the plugin.
  • Select Permit everyone as an Access Control Policy & click on Next.
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  • Click the Next button from Ready to Add Trust & click Close.
  • It will show you the list of Relying Party Trusts. Select the respective application & click on Edit Claim Issuance Policy.
  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider(IdP),ADFS LOGIN - SAML 2.0 Wizard Edit Claim
  • Click on Add Rule button.
  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider(IdP),ADFS LOGIN - for SAML 2.0 Wizard Claim Rule
  • Select Send LDAP Attributes as Claims & click on Next.
  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider(IdP),ADFS LOGIN - for SAML 2.0 Configure_LDAP Attributes
  • Enter the following details & click on Finish.
  • Claim rule name: Attributes
    Attribute Store: Active Directory
    LDAP Attribute: E-Mail-Addresses
    Outgoing Claim Type: Name ID
    SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider(IdP),ADFS LOGIN - for the SAML 2.0 Add Transform Claim Rule
  • Click Apply and then Ok.
  • Select property of the application & add the certificate downloaded from the add-on.
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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 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.
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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.
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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 the these attributes assign the Email and Username attribute.
  • 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 Attribute/Role mapping tab and navigate to 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 enble 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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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  • Click on the to enable the plugin visibility.
  • Click on the ⬆ to set plugin preference.
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  • 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.
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