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Joomla OAuth Client Integration with OpenAthens Single Sign-On (SSO)


Integration of Openathens Single Sign-on (Openathens SSO) with Joomla using OAuth 2.0 Protocol. The miniOrange Joomla OAuth / OpenID Connect Single Sign-on (SSO) plugin makes it simple to set up Openathens SSO into Joomla and enable secure login into Joomla. As a result, users can log in to Joomla and access the site by authenticating with their Openathens OAuth Provider credentials.

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Joomla OAuth Client Handbook

Please refer our detailed Handbook for the Joomla OAuth/OpenID Single Sign-On plugin, which gives an in-depth explanation of the various features of the plugin. You can get to the handbook at anytime directly from the plugin's UI for quicker access.

Pre-requisites : Download And Installation

Setup Openathens as OAuth Provider with Joomla OAuth Client

1. Download and Setup Joomla OAuth Client

  • Download the zip file for the miniOrange OAuth Client plugin for Joomla from the given link.
  • Login into your Joomla site’s administrator console.
  • From left toggle menu, click on System, then under Install section click on Extensions.
  • Openathens Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID
  • Upload the downloaded zip file to install the Joomla OAuth Client plugin.
  • Openathens Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID
  • After successful installation of plugin, click on Start Using miniOrange OAuth Client plugin button.
  • Openathens Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID
  • Under Configure OAuth tab. Select Openathens as an OAuth Provider.
  • Openathens Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID
  • Copy the Callback/Redirect URL from Configure OAuth tab of Joomla OAuth Client plugin.
  • Openathens Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID

2. Configure 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.
  • Openathens Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla using OAuth OpenID Connect
  • Select OpenID Connect from the list.
  • Openathens Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla using OAuth OpenID Connect
  • 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.
  • Openathens Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla using OAuth OpenID Connect
  • 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.
  • Openathens Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla using OAuth OpenID Connect
  • 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 OpenAthens.

3. Integrating Joomla with OpenAthens

  • Go back to your Joomla Dashboard. Then go to Components.
  • Now go to the Joomla OAuth Client plugin, under Configure OAuth tab, enter the all the details. Then click on Save Settings and then click on Test Configuration.
  • OpenAthens Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID

    OpenAthens Endpoints and Scope:


    Client ID : from the step above
    Client Secret : from the step 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
    Set Client Credentials: In Both (In Header and In Body)

4. Test SSO and Attribute Mapping

  • Once you click on Test Configuration button, You will be able to see the attributes in the Test Configuration output as follows.
  •  OpenAthens Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID
  • Now you have to do Attribute Mapping to perform SSO. Select the attribute name for Email and Username from dropdown. Then click on Save Attribute Mapping button.
  •  OpenAthens Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID
  • Now you can use Login / SSO URL to perform SSO.
  •  OpenAthens Single Sign-On (SSO) OAuth/OpenID
  • Now logout and go to your Joomla site's pages where you have added this link. You will see a login link where you placed that button. Click on this button to perform SSO.
  • Congratulations, you have successfully configured the miniOrange OAuth Client plugin with your OpenAthens OAuth Provider.
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  • 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 button in the plugin or by sending us a mail at joomlasupport@xecurify.com

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


In this guide, you have successfully configured Joomla OpenAthens Single Sign-On (SSO) by configuring OpenAthens as OAuth Provider and Joomla as OAuth Client using our Joomla OAuth Client plugin.This solution ensures that you are ready to roll out secure access to your Joomla site using OpenAthens login credentials within minutes.

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