SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) For WordPress Using Azure AD As IDP | Azure AD SSO Login

Azure AD / Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) login for WordPress [SAML] can be achieved by using our WordPress SAML SP Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin. Our plugin is compatible with all the SAML compliant Identity providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure SAML SSO login between Wordpress site and Azure AD / Office 365 by considering Azure AD/Office 365 as IdP (Identity Provider) and WordPress as SP (Service Provider).

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To configure Azure AD as SAML IdP with WordPress, you will need to install the miniOrange WP SAML SP SSO plugin:



Steps to configure Azure AD Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into WordPress


Step 1: Setup Azure AD as IDP (Identity Provider)

Follow the steps below to configure Azure AD as IdP

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    • In the miniOrange SAML SP SSO plugin, navigate to SP (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 Azure AD as IdP (Identity Provider)
    • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Azure AD SSO Login - upload metadata
Step-by-step Video to Setup SSO between WordPress and Azure AD
  • Log in to Azure AD Portal

  • Select Azure Active Directory.

  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Azure AD SSO Login - Enterprise registrations
  • Select Enterprise Application.

  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Azure AD SSO Login - Enterprise registrations
  • Click on New Application.

  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Azure AD as Identity Provider (IdP),for SAML 2.0 Azure AD Login - New Application
  • Click on Create your own Application.

  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Azure AD SSO Login - Add Non-Gallery Application
  • Enter the name for your app then select Non-gallery application section and click on Create button.

  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Azure AD SSO Login - Add Non-Gallery Application
  • Click on Setup Single sign-on .

  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Azure AD SSO Login - Add Non-Gallery Application
  • Select the SAML  tab.

  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Azure AD SSO Login - Add Non-Gallery Application
  • After clicking on Edit, enter the SP Entity ID for Identifier and the ACS URL for Reply URL from Service Provider Metadata tab of the plugin.

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  • By default, the following Attributes will be sent in the SAML token. You can view or edit the claims sent in the SAML token to the application under the Attributes tab.

  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Azure AD SSO Login - Configure SAML 2.0
  • Copy App Federation Metadata Url to get the Endpoints required for configuring your Service Provider.

  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Azure AD SSO Login - Setup SAML 2.0
  • Assign users and groups to your SAML application
    • Navigate to Users and groups tab and click on Add user/group.
    • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Azure AD as Identity Provider (IdP),for SAML 2.0 Azure AD Login - assign groups and users
    • Click on Users to assign the required user and then click on select.
    • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Azure AD as Identity Provider (IdP),for SAML 2.0 Azure AD Login - add users
    • You can also assign a role to your application under Select Role section.
Step-by-step Video to Setup SSO between WordPress and Azure AD

  • Log in to Azure AD Portal as admin

  • Select Azure Active Directory.

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  • Select App registrations.

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  • Click on New registration.

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  • Assign a Name and choose the account type.
  • In the Redirect URL field, provide the ACS URL provided in Service Provider Metadata tab of the plugin and click on Register button.
  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Azure AD SSO Login -  Application Registration
  • Navigate to Expose an API from left menu panel.
  • Click the Set button and replace the APPLICATION ID URL with the plugin's SP Entity ID.


  • NOTE: Please ensure that the SP Entity ID value from the Service Provider Metadata tab doesn't have a trailing slash('/'). If SP Entity ID has a trailing slash then update it by removing the trailing slash from the SP EntityID / Issuer field under the Service Provider Metadata tab of the plugin, enter the updated value at Azure and click on the Save button.


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  • Go back to Azure Active DirectoryApp Registrations window and click on Endpoints.

  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Azure AD SSO Login - endpoints
  • This will navigate up to a window with multiple URLs.
  • Copy the Federation Metadata document URL to get the Endpoints required for configuring your Service Provider.

  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Azure AD SSO Login - federation metadata
  • You have successfully configured Azure AD as SAML IdP ( Identity Provider) for achieving Azure AD SSO login into your WordPress (WP) Site.

Step 2: Configuring WordPress as SP (Service Provider)

We will go through the steps to setup WordPress as a Service Provider. Here, we will be adding the IdP metadata to configure the plugin.




In miniOrange SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

A. By uploading IDP metadata:

  • Click on Upload IDP metadata button.
  • Enter the Identity Provider Name
  • You can either upload a metadata file and click on Upload button or use a metadata URL and click on Fetch Metadata.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-upload metadata

B.Manual Configuration:

  • Provide the required settings (i.e. Identity Provider Name, IdP Entity ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider and click on the Save button.

Step 3: Attribute Mapping

  • In the free plugin, only NameID is supported for Email and Username attributes of the WordPress user.
  • When a user performs SSO, the NameID value sent by the IDP will get mapped to the email and username of the WordPress user.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-attribute mapping

Step 4: Role Mapping

  • In the free plugin, you can choose a default role which will be assigned to all the non-admin users when they perform SSO.
  • Go to Attribute/Role mapping tab and navigate to Role Mapping section.
  • Select the Default Role and click on the Save button.
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Step 5: SSO settings

  • In the free plugin you can add a login widget to enable SP-Initiated SSO on your site.
  • Navigate to Redirection and SSO links tab and follow the given steps given under Option 1: Use a Widget to add a login widget on your site.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-sso setting

You have now successfully configured WordPress as SP



In miniOrange SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

A. By uploading IDP metadata:

  • Click on Upload IDP metadata button.
  • Enter the Identity Provider Name
  • You can either upload a metadata file and click on Upload button or use a metadata URL and click on Fetch Metadata.

B.Manual Configuration:

  • Provide the required settings (i.e. Identity Provider Name, IdP Entity ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider and click on the Save button.

Step 3: Attribute Mapping

  • Attribute Mapping feature allows you to map the user attributes sent by the IDP during SSO to the user attributes at WordPress.
  • In WordPress SAML plugin, go to Attribute/Role Mapping tab and fill up the following fields in Attribute Mapping section.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-attribute mapping

    NOTE: If you click on Test Configuration button in Service Provider Setup tab and authenticate with your IDP, you can see a list of attributes sent by the IDP in the Attribute/Role mapping tab. This information can be used to provide the above mapping.

Step 4: Role Mapping

    In the standard plugin, you can choose a default role which will be assigned to all the non-admin users when they perform SSO.

  • Go to Attribute/Role mapping tab and navigate to Role Mapping section.
  • Select the Default Role and click on the Save button.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-role mapping

Step 5: SSO settings

    In the Standard plugin you can enable SP-initiated SSO using the following options.

  • Auto-Redirection from site: If this option is enabled, any unauthenticated user trying to access your site will get redirected to the IDP login page and after successful authentication, they will be redirected back to the same page on your site which they were trying to access.
  • Steps:

      1.  Go to Redirection and SSO Links tab of the plugin and navigate to Option 1: Auto-      Redirection from site.

      2.  Enable Redirect to IdP if user not logged in [PROTECT COMPLETE SITE] option.

      WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-optin 1

  • Auto-Redirection from WordPress Login: If this option is enabled, any unauthenticated user trying to access the default WordPress login page will get redirected to the IDP login page for authentication. After successful authentication, they will be redirected back to the WordPress site.
  • Steps:

      1.  Go to Redirection and SSO Links tab of the plugin and navigate to Option 2: Auto-      Redirection from WordPress Login.

      2.  Enable Redirect to IdP from WordPress Login Page option.

      WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-optin 2

      NOTE: Please enable the Backdoor login and note down the backdoor URL. This will allow you to access the WordPress login page in case you get locked out of the IDP.



  • SSO Links: You can add SSO links anywhere on your site using the Shortcode and Widget provided in Redirection and SSO Links tab > Option 3: SSO Links section of the plugin
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You have now successfully configured WordPress as SP



In miniOrange SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

A. By uploading IDP metadata:

  • Click on Upload IDP metadata button.
  • Enter the Identity Provider Name
  • You can either upload a metadata file and click on Upload button or use a metadata URL and click on Fetch Metadata.
  • In the Premium plugin, you can enable auto-sync for the metadata URL which will auto-update the plugin configuration as per the IDP metadata after a set interval of time
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B.Manual Configuration:

  • Provide the required settings (i.e. Identity Provider Name, IdP Entity ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider and click on the Save button.
  • In the Premium Plugin, you can provide the SAML Logout URL to achieve Single Logout on your WordPress site.

Step 3: Attribute Mapping

  • Attribute Mapping feature allows you to map the user attributes sent by the IDP during SSO to the user attributes at WordPress.
  • In WordPress SAML plugin, go to Attribute/Role Mapping tab and fill up the following fields in Attribute Mapping section.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-attribute mapping
  • Custom Attribute Mapping: This feature allows you to map any attribute sent by the IDP to the usermeta table of WordPress.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-attribute mapping

Step 4: Role Mapping

    This feature allows you to assign and manage roles of the users when they perform SSO. Along with the default WordPress roles, this is compatible with any custom roles as well.

  • From the Attribute Mapping section of the plugin, provide a mapping for the field named Group/Role. This attribute will contain the role related information sent by the IDP and will be used for Role Mapping.
  • Navigate to role mapping section and provide the mappings for the highlighted roles.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-role mapping
  • For example, If you want a user whose Group/Role attribute value is wp-editor to be assigned as an Editor in WordPress, just provide the mapping as wp-editor in the Editor field of Role Mapping section.

Step 5: SSO settings

    In the Premium plugin you can enable SP-initiated SSO using the following options.

  • Auto-Redirection from site: If this option is enabled, any unauthenticated user trying to access your site will get redirected to the IDP login page and after successful authentication they will be redirected back to the same page on your site which they were trying to access.
  • Steps:

      1.  Go to Redirection and SSO Links tab of the plugin and navigate to Option 1 : Auto-Redirection from site.
      2.  Enable Redirect to IdP if user not logged in [PROTECT COMPLETE SITE] option.

      WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-optin 1

  • Auto-Redirection from WordPress Login: If this option is enabled, any unauthenticated user trying to access the default WordPress login page will get redirected to the IDP login page for authentication. After successful authentication, they will be redirected back to the WordPress site.
  • Steps:

      1.  Go to Redirection and SSO Links tab of the plugin and navigate to Option 2: Auto-      Redirection from WordPress Login.
      2.  Enable Redirect to IdP from WordPress Login Page option.

      WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-optin 2

      NOTE: Please enable the Backdoor login and note down the backdoor URL. This will allow you to access the WordPress login page in case you get locked out of the IDP login.

  • Login Button: You can add a customized login button anywhere on your site or WordPress login page by navigating to Option 3: Login Button section of Redirection and SSO Links tab.
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  • SSO Links: You can add SSO links anywhere on your site using the Shortcode and Widget provided in Option 4: SSO Links section of Redirection and SSO Links tab.
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You have now successfully configured WordPress as SP .

You have successfully configured WordPress as SAML SP for achieving Azure AD SSO. Login into your WordPress (WP) Site using Azure AD as IdP.

In this Guide, you have successfully configured Azure AD SAML Single Sign-On (Azure AD SSO Login) choosing Azure AD as IdP and WordPress as SP using miniOrange SAML Single Sign On – SSO Login plugin .This solution ensures that you are ready to roll out secure access to your WordPress(WP) site using Azure AD login credentials within minutes.

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