OpenAthens Single Sign-On SSO Joomla Guide | OpenAthens Login

If you want users to log in to your Joomla site using their OpenAthens credentials, you can do it using our Joomla OpenAthens OAuth plugin. Once you configure the OpenAthens with the Joomla OAuth plugin, you can allow OpenAthens users to SSO into your Joomla site using OpenAthens.
Similarly, you can map your Joomla roles based on your OpenAthens attributes/groups. To know more about other features we provide in the Joomla OAuth plugin, you can download by click here.

Download And Installation

  • Log into your Joomla instance as an admin.
  • Go to the Joomla Dashboard -> Extensions -> Manage and click on Install.
  • Seach for a Joomla OAuth Client plugin and click on Install.

Step 1: Setup OpenAthens as OAuth Provider

  • First of all, go to the publisher dashboard of OpenAthens https://sp.openathens.net and login in your account to Configure OpenAthens.
  • Click on Applications tab, click on Create new application to create new application.
  • Configure OpenAthens App Client
  • Select OpenID Connect from the list.
  • Configure OpenAthens App Client
  • Add the name you want to give to your application, URL of the application under the Application Name and Application URL fields respectively. Enter the Redirect/Callback URI from Joomla OAuth Client plugin under the Authorized redirect URIs field.
  • Click on Create application button.
  • Configure OpenAthens App Client
  • You will see the Client ID and Client Secret generated.
  • Copy the Client ID and Client Secret and save it on your miniOrange OAuth Client plugin Configuration.
  • Configure OpenAthens App Client
  • You have successfully completed your OpenAthens App OAuth Server side configurations.
  • Activate the OAuth Single Sign On - SSO (OAuth Client) plugin.
  • Go to the Configure OAuth tab and select Custom OAuth 2.0 App from the Custom Applications list.
  • Enter the Client ID and Client Secret generated from openathens application.
  • Enter the scope and endpoints given in below table.
  • Click on the Save button to save the configuration and click on the Test Configuration.

OpenAthens Endpoints and Scope:


Client ID : from the step 7 above
Client Secret : from the step 7 above
Scope: openid
Authorize Endpoint: https://sp.openathens.net/oauth2/authorize
Access Token Endpoint: https://sp.openathens.net/oauth2/token
Get User Info Endpoint: https://sp.openathens.net/oauth2/userInfo
Custom redirect URL after logout:[optional] https://sp.yourdomain.com/oa/logout

Step 2: Configure miniOrange Joomla OAuth Client plugin.

  • Download the zip file for the miniOrange OAuth Client plugin for Joomla from the link here.
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  • Login into your Joomla site’s administrator console.
  • Go to Extension Manage Install in the top navigation bar to install the plugin.
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  • Upload the downloaded zip file to install the OAuth Client plugin.
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  • Navigate to Extensions Manage Manage and search for miniorange in the Search bar provided to see the list of the components.
  • Go to Components MiniOrange OAuth Client in the top navigation bar to go to the configuration page of the plugin.
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  • Register/ Login with miniOrange.
  • Go to the Configure OAuth tab in the plugin. FIll in the details you received from your OAuth Provider and click on the Save Settings button.
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    Select your OAuth Provider from the Select Application dropdown. In case your OAuth Provider is not listed in the drop down, please select Custom OAuth Provider to continue.

  • Copy the Redirect/Callback URL given in the plugin and save it in your OAuth Provider.
  • Click on the Test Configuration button and copy the email and name attributes and save these attributes in Email Attribute and Name Attribute text field respectively. Now click on the Save Attribute Mapping button to save your configurations.
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  • Add a button on your site login page with the following URL:your_home_page/base_url/?morequest=oauthredirect&app_name=xxxxxxxxx
  • You would find appropriate URL in Instructions to configure in the bellow section of Attribute Mapping (After completing test configuration please choose URL and Add a button on your site login page).

  • Now logout and go to your site. You will see a login link where you placed that button.
  • Click on the Licensing Plans Tab to check out our complete list of features and various licensing plans.
  • In case, you are facing some issue or have any question in mind, you can reach out to us by sending us your query through the Support dialog box in the Account Setup and Configure OAuth tabs.
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    Congratulations, you have successfully configured the miniOrange OAuth Client plugin with your desired OAuth Provider. In case you have any questions in mind, you can always mail us at joomlasupport@xecurify.com .

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