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

miniorange img Pre-requisites : Download And Installation

To configure Okta 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 Okta as Identity Provider

    Follow the steps below to configure Okta as IdP

    miniorange img Configure Okta 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.
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    • Login into your Okta dashboard.
    • You will be presented with the following screen. Click on the Developer Console arrow and select
      Classic UI from the navigation bar on top in Okta window.
    • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider(IdP), Okta SSO Admin_Dashboard
    • In the Applications tab select Applications.
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    • Click on the Create App Integration button to create new app.
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    • Select SAML 2.0 as Sign-On method and Click on Next button.
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    • In General Settings tab, enter App Name and click on Next button.
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    • In Configure SAML tab, enter the required details:
    • Single Sign On
      URL
      ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL from the Service Provider metadata tab of the Plugin
      Audience URL
      (SP Entity ID)
      SP Entity ID / Issuer from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the Plugin
      Default
      Relay State
      Relay State from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the Plugin
      Name ID
      Format
      Select E-Mail Address as a Name Id from dropdown list
      Application
      Username
      Okta username
      SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider(IdP), Okta Login - SAML_SETTINGS
    • Configure Group Attribute Statements (Optional) as given in table and click on Next button.
    • Name Value
      fname user.firstName
      lname user.lastName
      username user.login
      email user.email
      SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as Identity Provider(IdP), Okta Login - Add_Attributes
    • If you have integrated your Active Directory in Okta and want to map the AD groups, please make sure that you have added the OUs used to import groups.You will also need to map the memberOf
      attribute under the integrated directory’s configuration.

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g Assigning Groups/People

  • Navigate to the application you created and click on the Assignments tab in Okta.
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  • Click on Assign button to Assign People and Assign Groups.
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  • Once you Assign the user, click on Done button.
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  • Navigate to Sign On tab and Click on View Setup Instructions.
  • You will get the Okta Metadata file / SAML Login URL (Single Sign on URL), Single Logout URL, IDP Entity ID and X.509 Certificate. You will need this to configure the Service Provider.
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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 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.
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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 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.
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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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