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Moodle SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using AuthAnvil as IdP | AuthAnvil SSO Login

Moodle SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using AuthAnvil as IdP | AuthAnvil SSO Login


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 AuthAnvil as Identity Provider (IdP) and Moodle as Service Provider (SP).

Pre-requisites : Download and Installation

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

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Steps to configure AuthAnvil Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into moodle (WP)

1. Setup AuthAnvil as IdP

Follow the steps below to configure AuthAnvil as IdP

miniorange img Configure AuthAnvil as IdP

  • In the Plugins tab scroll to Service Provider Metadata section you can find the SP metadata such as SP Entity-ID and ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL which are required to configure the Identity Provider.
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    AuthAnvil sso-1  Prerequisites: Copy these values from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the SAML 2.0 SSO plugin.

    • SP Entity ID
    • ACS URL
    AuthAnvil sso-2  Instructions:

    • Login to Authanvil and Go to SSO Management +(add icon) Create New Application Custom Application.

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    • Enter the Application Name

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    • Go to Protocol Setup and Enter following info:

      Protocol Setup SP-INIT
      Assertion Consumer Service URL ACS URL copied from the plugin
      Allow Multiple Audiences Unchecked
      Audience URI SP Entity ID copied from the plugin
      Service Entity ID SP Entity ID copied from the plugin

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    • Enter Advanced Setting

      Include All Audience URIs Checked
      Sign Token Response Checked
      Sign Assertion Unchecked
      Signing Algorithm SHA1

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    • Go to Attribute Transformation Tab and select Specify Custom Attribute Transformation. Add the NameID attribute and click on Add. Then add the name attribute as given in the image.

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    • Go to Permission tab and add Groups to which you want to give access to this application.

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    • Click on Add Application and then Save Changes.
    • Open the app. Click on View Federation Metadata in Protocol Setup Tab and save the generated metadata xml file. This metadata file will be required to configure the plugin.

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2. Configure Moodle as SP

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 Plugins tab. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

A. By uploading IDP metadata:

  • Enter the IDP Name.
  • In the Service Provider Setup section choose Metadata URL/XML from Select the Method dropdown.
  • Copy and paste the IdP metadata URL or XML file in IDP Metadata URL/XML input field.
  • Click on the Click here to Test the configuration.
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B. Manual Configuration:

  • Provide the required settings (i.e. IDP Name, IDP Entity-ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider.
  • Click on the Click here to Test the 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.
  • For the plugin to access these attributes, assign the values for Username and Email as 'NameID' (without quotes).
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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.]
  • Scroll down to Role Mapping section.
  • Select the Default Role and click on the Save changes 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.
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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 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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You have successfully configured Moodle as SAML SP for achieving AuthAnvil SSO login into your Moodle Site.

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