Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) WordPress OAuth| Okta SSO Login

Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) WordPress OAuth| Okta SSO Login


WordPress OAuth & OpenID Connect Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin enables secure login into WordPress using Okta 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 Okta. By the end of this guide, users should be able to login to WordPress from Okta. 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 Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into WordPress

1. Setup Okta as OAuth Provider

  • First of all, go to https://www.okta.com/login and log into your Okta account.
  • Go to the Okta Admin panel. Go to Applications -> Applications.
okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-addapp-shortcut



  • Click on Browse App Catalog button.
  • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-addapplication
  • Search for WordPress OAuth Single Sign-On (SSO) by miniOrange and click on Add button on next screen to configure.
  • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-addapplication
  • In the Sign on tab, enter the Redirect URI. You will get that from miniOrange OAuth/OpenID Connect Client Plugin's 'Configure OAuth' tab under the Redirect/Callback URL field. Click on Save button to save the configuration.
  • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-addapplication
  • Now you will get the Client credentials under the Sign on tab. Copy these credentials and configure in Miniorange OAuth client single sign-on (SSO) Plugin on corresponding fields
  • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-addapplication

    1.1 Assign an app integration to a user

    • Go to Applications tab and Click on your application.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress application tab
    • Select the Assignments tab.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress assignment
    • Click Assign and select Assign to People.
    • If you want to assign the application to multiple users at the same time then select Assign to Groups [If an app is assigned to a group then, the app will be assigned to all the people in that group]
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress select assign people
    • Click Assign next to a user name.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress click on assign
    • Click Save and Go Back.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress go back
    • Click Done.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress done

    1.2 Profile Attributes for the id Token

    • In your Okta admin dashboard, navigate to Security -> API.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • Select your SSO application and click on the edit icon.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • Go to claims tab and select the ID token option.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • click on Add claim button.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • Give a Name to your claim/attribute and Select ID Token from the token type dropdown. Now, enter the value user.$attribute in the Value field based on the attribute you want to receive. Keep other settings as default and click on Create button.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • Follow the similar steps for all the attributes you want to see. You will have a list similar to the below one.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • You will be able to see the attributes in the Test Configuration output as follows.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress create-newclient login button setting

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


2. Setup WordPress as OAuth Client


  • Go to Configure OAuth tab and click Add New Application to add a new client application into your website.
  • Okta  Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Add new application
  • Choose your Application from the list of OAuth / OpenID Connect Providers, Here Okta.
  • Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Select Application
  • Copy the Callback URL to be used in OAuth Provider Configuration and click Next.
  • Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Callback URL
  • Configure App name & Domain found from the Okta SSO application. Click Next.
  • Okta AD Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Add App name, TenantID
  • Configure the client credentials like Client ID & Client Secret is shown in the setup dialogue box and enter the scope value as openid email. Click Next.
  • Okta  Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Client ID & Client Secret
  • Verify the configuration details and click on Finish to save the configuration.
  • Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Finish configuration

You have successfully configured WordPress as OAuth Client for achieving user authentication with Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) 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.

  • After clicking on Finish button, You will see different user attributes returned by your OAuth Provider in a test configuration table. If you don't see any user attributes, make the required settings in your OAuth Provider to return this information.
  • Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Add Grant Type
  • Once you see all the values in the Test Configuration table, click on Finish button and go to Attribute / Role Mapping tab,you will get the list of attributes in a Username dropdown.
  • Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth - Add Grant Type

You have successfully configured WordPress as OAuth Client for achieving user authentication with Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) login into your WordPress Site.

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.
  • Okta Single Sign-On (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

  • Okta Single Sign-On (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.
  • Okta Single Sign-On (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. Sign In Settings

  • The settings in Single Sign-On (SSO) Settings tab define the user experience for Single Sign-On (SSO). To add a Okta login widget on your WordPress page, you need to follow the below steps.
    • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
    • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
    •  Okta  Single Sign-on (SSO) - WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
    • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
    • Okta Single Sign-on (SSO) - WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • Open your WordPress page and you can see the Okta SSO login button there. You can test the Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) now.
    • Make sure the "Show on login page" option is enabled for your application. (Refer to the below image)
    • Okta Single Sign-on (SSO) - WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • Now, go to your WordPress Login page. (Eg. https://< your-wordpress-domain >/wp-login.php)
    • You will see an Okta SSO login button there. Once you click the login button, you will be able to test the Okta Single Sign-On (SSO).
    • Okta Single Sign-on (SSO) - WordPress create-newclient login button setting

6: Scope & Endpoints

Please refer the below table for configuring the scope & endpoints for Okta in the plugin.

Scope: openid email
Authorize Endpoint: https://{yourOktaDomain}.com/oauth2/default/v1/authorize
Access Token Endpoint: https://{yourOktaDomain}.com/oauth2/default/v1/token
Custom redirect URL after logout:[optional] https://{yourdomain.okta}.com/login/signout?fromURI= <your url>

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


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