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

SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) For DotNetNuke Sites Using Classlink 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 Classlink considering Classlink as IdP

Pre-requisites : Download And Installation


  • 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.

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 Salesforce Community : 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 Salesforce Community : search module
  • You have finished with the Installation of the module on your DNN site.

2. Configure Classlink as Identity Provider

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

  • Select Classlink 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 Classlink : select idp

    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 Classlink : download metadata
  • Log in to your ClassLink Administration Console.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Classlink : login classlink admin console
  • Select ClassLink Management Console to create SAML app.
  • Navigate to Single Sign-On tab, in left panel and click on SAML Console
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Classlink : navigate to single sign-on
  • Click on ADD NEW.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Classlink : add app
  • To present a list of pre-configured SAML apps click on COPY EXISTING. You can update the settings(URLs, domain names, etc) of existing apps from here.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Classlink : update settings
  • Copy the IDP Metadata URL and provide it to your Service Provider. This is a unique URL for your organization.
  • This will help you to configure your Service Provider.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Classlink : configure service provider
  • Navigate to the 3 dots shown and click on Edit.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Classlink : click on edit
  • To configure SAML Identity Provider settings, provide the following values
    Name Provide a Service Provider name. Example: WordPress App
    Metadata URL Provide the Metadata URL from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the plugin
    dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Classlink : add values
  • Click on Save to save your configuration.
  • You can add any other custom Attribute Mapping and/or Metadata Overrides that are necessary.
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  • Then click on Update.

3. Configure DotNetNuke SAML Module as Service Provider

    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.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Classlink : 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.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Classlink : test result

5: Adding Login Widget on DNN Page

  • For Adding Button on the DNN page on beside the module settings click on the Add Item (Pencil Icon).
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  • Add Button name and click on Save.
  • Dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Classlink : 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.
  • Dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Classlink : advanced settings Dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Classlink : display module on all page
  • 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.
  • Dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Classlink : 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.
  • Dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Classlink : 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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