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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.

Pre-requisites : Download And Installation

Steps to Install Joomla OAuth Client Plugin

  • Download the zip file for the miniOrange OAuth Client plugin for Joomla.
  • Login into your Joomla site’s administrator console.
  • From left toggle menu, click on System, then under Install section click on Extension.
  • Upload the downloaded zip file to install the Joomla OAuth Client plugin.
  • Installation of the plugin is successful. Now click on Start Using miniOrange OAuth Client plugin.
  • Under Configure OAuth -> Pre-Configured Apps tab, select your OAuth Provider. You can also search for custom OAuth or custom OpenID application in the search bar, and configure your own custom provider.
  • Joomla OAuth Single Sign-On SSO - Select your OAuth Provider

Setup Openathens as OAuth Provider with Joomla OAuth Client

1. Configure Callback/Redirect URL

  • After selecting your OAuth provider, you will be redirected to the Step 1 [Redirect URL] tab. Now copy the Callback/Redirect URL which we will use to configure Openathens as OAuth Server, then click on the Save & Next button.
  • Microsoft Entra ID OAuth Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla - Copy Redirect URL
  • 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.
  • 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

    2. Configure Client ID and Secret

    • Copy the Client ID and Client Secret. Openathens Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla using OAuth OpenID Connect
    • Go to the Step 2 [Client ID & Secret] tab of the Joomla OAuth Client plugin, here paste the Client ID & Client Secret. Click on the Save Configuration button.
    • OpenAthens OAuth Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla - Save Configuration

      2.1. Scope & Endpoints

      • OpenAthens Endpoints and Scope:

      • Scope:
        Authorize Endpoint:
        Access Token Endpoint:
        Get User Info Endpoint:
        Custom redirect URL after logout:[optional]
        Set Client Credentials:
        In Both (In Header and In Body)

      3. Configure Attribute Mapping

        User Attribute Mapping is mandatory for enabling users to successfully login into Joomla. We will be setting up user profile attributes for Joomla using below settings.

      • Go to Step 3 [Attribute Mapping] tab and click on Test Configuration button.
      • OAuth Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla - Test Configuration
      • You will be able to see the attributes in the Test Configuration output as follows.
      • OAuth Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla - Configuration output
      • Now go to the Step 3 [Attribute Mapping] tab and Select the attribute name for Email and Username from dropdown. Then click on Finish Configuration button.
      • OAuth Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla - Attribute Mapping

      4. Setup Login/SSO URL

      • Now go to Step 4 [SSO URL] tab, here copy the Login/SSO URL and add it to your Site by following the given steps.
      • OAuth Single Sign-On SSO into Joomla - Login/SSO URL
      • 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.

      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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