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
  • You will get the following screen. Click on Create App Integration button.
  • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-addapplication
  • Select sign in method as the OIDC - OpenID Connect option and select Application type as web application, click on Next button.
  • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-select-webplatform
  • You will be redirected to the app details page. Enter App integration name and Sign-in redirect URIs. you will get that from miniOrange OAuth/OpenID connect Client Plugin's 'Configure OAuth' tab under the Redirect/Callback URL field.
  • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-callbackURL
  • Scroll down and you will see the Assignments section. Select an option for controlled access and click on Save button.
  • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-clientcredentials
  • Now you will get the Client credentials and okta domain. Copy these credentials in Miniorange OAuth client single sign-on (SSO) Plugin configuration on corresponding fields.
  • Note: Enter https:// in the Okta domain field in the WordPress OAuth Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin which you will get from General Settings. eg.( https://dev-32414285.okta.com ).


    okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-clientcredentials

    Step 1.1: Add & Map Custom Attributes [Premium]

    • Go to the Okta Admin panel. Go to Directory -> Profile Editor.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-profile-editor
    • Go to the Profile tab.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-profile-editor
    • Click on Add Attributes.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-add-custom-attributes
    • Fill all the fields and Click on Save button.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-add-custom-attributes
    • Once added, go to Mappings -> <Your App Name> to Okta User and add the Custom Attribute from the dropdown and click on Save Mappings -> Apply Updated Now.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID-appuser-manager
    • Go back to Mappings -> Okta User to <Your App Name>. Select Custom Attribute Name from the dropdown menu as shown in the below screenshot. Click on the Mapping arrow, select Apply Mapping on user create and update option. Click on Save Mappings -> Apply updates now.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID user-to
    • Once you map all those custom attributes you can get all those attributes while SSO. You can refer to the below screenshot for details.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID testconfiguration-prm

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


2. Setup WordPress as OAuth Client

  • Go to the Configure OAuth tab in the Plugin and search for Okta app in the applications list, and select the Okta app.
  • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress select-swissapp
  • Then, configure App Name, Client ID, Client Secret and Endpoints.
  • Enter Scope value as openid email.
  • Click on Save Settings to save the configuration.
  • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress create-newclient configure-endpoints

You have successfully configured WordPress as OAuth Client for achieving Okta 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.
  • Finding user attributes

    • Go to Configure OAuth tab. Scroll down and click on Test Configuration.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID testconfiguration-okta-tab
    • You will see all the values returned by your OAuth Provider to WordPress in a table. If you don't see value for Email or Username, etc. make the required settings in your OAuth Provider to return this information.
    • Once you see all the values in Test Configuration, go to Attribute / Role Mapping tab, you will get the list of attributes in a Username dropdown.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID attribute-mapping-okta

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: Login Settings / 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.
  • 1. Sign in settings for wordpress 5.7 and before :

    • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
    • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID WordPress create-newclient login button setting

    2. Sign in settings for wordpress 5.8 :

    • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
    • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
    • okta Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID 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.

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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