OpenAthens OAuth & OpenID connect Single Sign-On (SSO) | OpenAthens SSO Login

WordPress OAuth & OpenID Connect Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin enables secure login into WordPress using OpenAthens 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 OpenAthens. By the end of this guide, users should be able to login to WordPress from OpenAthens. To know more about other features we provide in WP OAuth Single Sign-On ( OAuth & OpenID Connect Client ) plugin, you can click here.

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 OpenAthens Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into WordPress

Step 1: Setup OpenAthens as OAuth Provider

  • First of all, go to the publisher dashboard of OpenAthens 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 miniOrange OAuth Client plugin/module 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:
Access Token Endpoint:
Get User Info Endpoint:
Custom redirect URL after logout:[optional]
You have successfully configured OpenAthens as OAuth Provider for achieving OpenAthens login into your WordPress Site.

Step 2: Setup WordPress as OAuth Client

  • Go to the Configure OAuth tab in the Plugin and search for Custom OAuth in the applications list, and select Custom OAuth 2.0 App .
  • wordpress oauth client plugin sso : save settings
  • Now, configure App Name, Client ID, Client Secret received from OpenAthens.
  • Enter scope value as openid .
  • Click on Save Settings to save the configuration.
  •  WordPress custom oauth app sso save settings

You have successfully configured WordPress as OAuth Client for achieving OpenAthens login into your WordPress Site.

Step 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.
    • test congifuration
    • You will see all the values returned by your OAuth Provider to WordPress in a table. If you don't see value for First Name, Last Name, Email or Username, make the required settings in your OAuth Provider to return this information.
    • OAuth/OpenID Ping Identity Single Sign On SSO WordPress create-newclient configuration-test-result
    • 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.
    • OAuth/OpenID Ping Identity Single Sign On SSO WordPress create-newclient attribute/role mapping

Step 4: Login Settings / Sign In Settings.

  • The settings in SSO Settings tab define the user experience for Single Sign On. To add a login widget on your WordPress page, you need to follow below steps.
  • Sign In Settings

    • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
    • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
    • OAuth/OpenID Ping Identity Single Sign On SSO WordPress create-newclient login button setting
    • Open your WordPress page and you can see the login button there. You can test the SSO now.

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

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