SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) For DotNetNuke Sites Using Salesforce 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 Salesforce considering Salesforce 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.

Step 1: Add module on DNN page

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

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  • Search for DNNSAMLSSO and click on the DNNSAMLSSO. Drag and drop the module on the page where you want.

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  • You have finished with the Installation of the module on your DNN site.

Step 2: Configure Salesforce as Identity Provider

Follow the steps below to configure Salesforce as IdP

  • In the miniOrange SAML SP SSO plugin, navigate to Service Provider Metadata tab. Here, you can find the SP metadata such as SP Entity ID and ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL which are required to configure the Identity Provider.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) upload metadata
  • Log into Salesforce and navigate to Setup.
  • From the left menu, navigate to Security Controls » Identity Provider, present under Administer menu option.
  • Click on Enable Identity Provider button. After enabling the Identity Provider, you should be able to see Salesforce metadata endpoints and certificate details.
  • Under Service Providers Section, click on Service Providers are now created via Connected Apps. Click here link
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  • Enter Connected App Name, API Name and Contact Email.
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  • Under Web App Settings, check the Enable SAML checkbox and enter the following values and click on Save:
  • Entity IDSP-EntityID / Issuer from Service Provider Metadata tab of the plugin
    ACS URLACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL from Service Provider Metadata tab of the plugin
    Name ID Format urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:persistent
  • Now from the left menu, under Administer, select Manage Apps » Connected Apps. Click on the App you just created.
  • Under Profiles section, click on Manage Profiles button and select the profiles you want to give access to login through this app.
  • Under SAML Login Information, click on Download Metadata button to download the IDP metadata.

Step 3: Configure DotNetNuke SAML Module as Service Provider

  • After configuring your Identity Provider, it will provide you with IDP Entity ID, IDP Single Sign On URL and x.509 Certificate. Configure these values under IDP Entity ID, Single Sign-On Url and SAML X509 Certificate fields respectively. (Refer to the Metadata provided by Identity Provider)
  • Click Update to Save your IDP details.

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Step 4: Test Configuration

  • Click on the Test Configuration button to test the configuration.

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Step 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 Description for item and click on Save.

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

Step 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.

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Step 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.
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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:

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SAML SSO into Umbraco site Click here
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