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

SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) For DotNetNuke Sites Using Salesforce Community 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 Community considering Salesforce Community 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 Salesforce Community as Identity Provider

  • Go to Module Settings >> DNNSAMLSSO Settings .
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Salesforce Community : go to module settings

    A] Select your Identity Provider

  • Select Salesforce 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 Salesforce Community : 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 Salesforce Community : copy sp entity id
  • Log into your Salesforce account as admin.
  • Switch to Salesforce Lightning mode from profile menu and then go to the Setup page by clicking on setup button.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Salesforce Community : switch to salesforce lightining
  • From the left pane, select Settings TabIdentity Provider.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Salesforce Community : select settings tab
  • Click on Enable Identity Provider.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Salesforce Community : enable identity provider
  • In the Service Provider section, click on the link to create the Service Provider using Connected Apps.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Salesforce Community : click on link to create service provider
  • Enter Connected App Name, API Name and Contact Email.
  • Connected App Name Provide a name for Connected App
    API Name Provide a API name
    Contact Email Provide a Contact Email

    dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Salesforce Community : Fill connected apps details
  • Under the Web App Settings, check the Enable SAML checkbox and enter the following values:
  • Enable SAML Checked
    Entity ID SP-EntityID / Issuer from Service Provider Metadata tab of the plugin
    ACS URL ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL from Service Provider Metadata tab of the plugin
    Subject Type Username
    Name ID Format urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:unspecified

    dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Salesforce Community : enable checkbox
  • Click on Save to save the configuration.
  • Now from the left pane, under Platform Tools section, go to Connected AppsManage Connected Apps. Click on the app you just created.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Salesforce Community : go to connected apps
  • In the Profiles section click Manage Profiles button.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Salesforce Community : click on manage profiles button
  • Assign the Profiles you want to give access to log in through this app.
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Salesforce Community : assign the profiles
  • Under SAML Login Information, click on Download Metadata for your corresponding Salesforce community. .
  • dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Salesforce Community : download metedata
  • Keep this metadata handy for configuring the Service Provider.

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 Salesforce Community : copy the idp entity id and single sign-on url

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 Salesforce Community : 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).
  • Dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Salesforce Community :adding button on dnn page
  • Add Button name and click on Save.
  • Dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Salesforce Community : 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 Salesforce Community : advanced settings Dotnetnuke dnn saml sso Salesforce Community : 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 Salesforce Community : 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 Salesforce Community : 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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