SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) For DotNetNuke Sites Using Centrify As IDP

SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) For DotNetNuke Sites Using Centrify As IDP


DotNetNuke SAML SP Single Sign-On (SSO) module gives the ability to enable SAML Single Sign-On for your DotNetNuke applications. Using Single Sign-On you can use only one password to access your DotNetNuke application and services. Our module is compatible with all the SAML compliant Identity providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure Single Sign-On (SSO) between DotNetNuke and Centrify as IdP.

Download and Install the module in DotNetNuke

  • Download the package for DNN SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) module.
  • Upload the installation package dnn-saml-single-sign-on_xxx_Install by going in Settings > Extension > Install Extension.

Steps to configure Centify Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into DotNetNuke

1. Add module on DNN page

  • Open any of the page on your DNN site (Edit mode) and Click on Add Module.

  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso centrify : add module
  • Search for DNNSAMLSSO and click on the DNNSAMLSSO. Drag and drop the module on the page where you want.

  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso centify : search module
  • You have finished with the Installation of the module on your DNN site.

2. Configure Centrify as Identity Provider

  • Go to Module Settings >> DNNSAMLSSO Settings .
  • A] Select your Identity Provider

  • Select Centrify from the list. If you don't find your Identity provider in the list, select Custom IDP. You can also search for your Identity Provider using the search box.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Centrify : idp select

    B] Configure your Identity Provider

  • Under the Service Provider Settings tab, you can download SP metadata as a XML document or copy the metadata url.
  • Alternatively, copy and paste the SP Entity ID and ACS Url from the SP metadata Table to your IdP configuration page.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Centrify : download metadata
  • Log into Centrify as an Administrator and go to Apps from the NavBar.
  • Click on Add Web Apps
  • DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) -Centrify SSO Login- add web apps

    dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Centrify  Configure SAML App

    • In the pop-up, click on Custom tab and then click on the Add button next to SAML.
    • In the Add Web App screen, click Yes to add the application.
    • Click Close to exit the Application Catalog.
    • The application that you just added opens to the Settings page.
    • Click Trust to go to the Trust page.

    dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Centrify : go to trust page The Trust page is divided into two parts:

    • Identity Provider Configuration.
    • Service Provider Configuration.
    DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) -Centrify SSO Login- saml trust idp

    dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Centrify In Service Provider Configuration section

    • If copied the metadata url then paste in URL and click on load.
    • If downloaded metadata file then upload it in file section.
    • If copied XML content then copy that content in XML section.
    dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Centrify: copy xml content

    miniorange img For manual configuration:

    • Click on manual Configuration.
    • Paste SP Entity ID and ACS URL (copied from the plugin) save to preserve changes.
    DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) -Centrify SSO Login- paste sp entity id
  • Download IDP metadata it will required to setup WordPress as Service Provider.
  • DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) -Centrify SSO Login- download idp metadata

    You have successfully configured Centrify as IdP (Identity Provider)


3. Configure Module for Setting up SAML Single Sign-On (SSO)

    dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Centrify Configure your Service Provider

  • To upload IdP's metadata, you can use the Upload IdP metadata button under the Identity Provider Settings tab, if you have the IdP metadata URL or the IdP metadata .xml file.
  • Alternatively, you can copy the IDP Entity ID and Single Sign-On Url values from the IdP and fill them up under the Identity Provider Settings tab.
  • DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO)  - centrify SSO Login - test config

4: Test Configuration

  • Click the Test Configuration button to verify if you have configured the plugin correctly.
  • On successful configuration, you will get Attribute Name and Attribute Values in the Test Configuration window.
  • DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO)  - Centrify SSO Login - test result

5: Adding Login/SSO Widget on DNN Page

  • For Adding Button on the DNN page on beside the module settings click on the Add Item (Pencil Icon).
  • DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO)  - Centrify SSO Login - go to edit
  • Add Button name and click on Save.
  • DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO)  - centrify SSO Login - add button name
  • You can see login button on the page after saving item. (If you are already logged in your site, you will see a "Logout" link).
  • Note : If you want to Enable this button on every page of the DNN site follow below steps

  • Go to the Settings >> Module Settings >> Advanced Settings and Enable option for Display Module On All Page.
  • DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO)  - centrify SSO Login - module setting DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO)  - centrify SSO Login - enable display module
  • Warning: You will lose all your configuration for the module after enabling this option. You can re-configure the module or it is better to enable this option before configuring the module.

6: Attribute Mapping

  • Attributes are user details that are stored in your Identity Provider.
  • Attribute Mapping helps you to get user attributes from your IdP and map them to DotNetNuke user attributes like firstname, lastname etc.
  • While auto registering the users in your DotNetNuke site these attributes will automatically get mapped to your DotNetNuke user details.
  • Go to DNNSAMLSSO Settings >> Advanced settings >> Attribute Mapping.
  • DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO)  - centrify SSO Login - attribute mapping

7: Role mapping (It is Optional to fill this)

  • DotNetNuke uses a concept of Roles, designed to give the site owner the ability to control what users can and cannot do within the site.
  • DotNetNuke has five pre-defined roles: Administrators, Subscribers, Registered Users, Translator (en-US) and Unverified Users.
  • Role mapping helps you to assign specific roles to users of a certain group in your IdP.
  • While auto registering, the users are assigned roles based on the group they are mapped to.
  • DNN SAML Single Sign-On(SSO)  - centrify SSO Login - role mapping

You can configure the DotNetNuke SAML 2.0 Single Sign-On (SSO) module with any Identity Provider such as ADFS, Azure AD, Bitium, centrify, G Suite, JBoss Keycloak, Okta, OneLogin, Salesforce, AWS Cognito, OpenAM, Oracle, PingFederate, PingOne, RSA SecureID, Shibboleth-2, Shibboleth-3, SimpleSAML, WSO2 or even with your own custom identity provider.


If you are looking to Single Sign-On into your sites with any SAML compliant Identity Provider then we have a separate solution for that. We do provide SSO solutions for the following:

Application LINK
SAML SSO into ASP.NET site Click here
SAML SSO into SiteFinity site Click here
SAML SSO into Umbraco site Click here
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