WordPress G Suite / Google Apps SSO Login | Single Sign-On (SSO) with G Suite SAML IdP

WordPress G Suite / Google Apps SSO Login | Single Sign-On (SSO) with G Suite SAML IdP


Google Apps Single Sign-On (SSO) login for WordPress can be achieved by using our WordPress SAML 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 SSO login between WordPress site and Google Apps by considering Google Apps as IdP (Identity Provider) and WordPress as SP (Service Provider). To know more about other features we provide in WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin, you can click here.

Pre-requisites : Download And Installation

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

Step-by-step video to Setup WordPress Google Apps SSO / Login with Google Apps into WordPress (WP)


Steps to configure Google Apps Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into WordPress(WP)

1. Setup G Suite / Google Apps as IdP (Identity Provider)

Follow the following steps to Configure G Suite / Google Apps as IdP

miniorange img Configure G Suite / Google Apps as IdP
  • In the miniOrange WordPress 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 G Suite / Google Apps as IdP (Identity Provider).
  • Configure Google Apps as IDP - SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Google Apps SSO Login WordPress upload metadata
  • Go to https://admin.google.com and login with your G Suite administrator account.
  • Navigate to the Apps tab in the left menu and click on Web and mobile apps.
  • Configure Google Apps as IDP - SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Google Apps SSO Login  Add SAML app
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  • Click on the Add App button, then in the dropdown select Add Custom SAML app tab to create a new saml app.
  • Configure Google Apps as IDP - SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Google Apps SSO Login Setup own custom app
  • Enter details for your custom SAML app and click on Continue button.
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miniorange img IDP Information
  • Click on Download Metadata button. This is necessary for later configuration of the add-on.
  • You can also copy G Suite details like SSO URL, entity ID and Certificate to configure the add-on manually and click on Continue button.
  • Configure Google Apps as IDP - SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Google Apps SSO Login, SAML custom app Basic Information
miniorange img Service Provider Details
  • Enter details from the Service Provider Metadata tab in the SAML SP plugin.
  • ACS URL Copy and paste the ACS URL from the plugin.
    Entity ID Copy and paste the SP Entity ID/ Issuer from the plugin.
    Signed Response Check Signed Response
    Name ID Format EMAIL
  • Click on Continue button.
  • Configure Google Apps as IDP - SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Google Apps SSO Login, Service provider details
miniorange img Attribute Mapping
  • Click on Add Mapping button.
  • Configure Google Apps as IDP - SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Google Apps SSO Login, Attribute mapping details
  • Add and select user fields in Google Directory, then map them to Service Provider attributes and Click on Finish button.
  • Configure Google Apps as IDP - SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Google Apps SSO Login, Attribute mapping details
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  • Go to SAML Apps again and click on OFF for everyone .
  • Configure Google Apps as IDP - SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Google Apps SSO Login, Turn-On go to SAML Apps
  • Then, select ON for everyone to activate SSO.
    Configure Google Apps as IDP - SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Google Apps SSO Login, Turn-On go to SAML Apps 1
  • You have successfully configured G Suite / Google Apps as SAML IdP (Identity Provider) for achieving
    G Suite / Google Apps SSO login into your WordPress (WP) site.

2. Configuring WordPress as SP (Service Provider)


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

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

    • Go to Redirection and SSO Links tab of the plugin and navigate to Option 2: Auto- Redirection from WordPress Login.
    • Enable Redirect to IdP from WordPress Login Page option.
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      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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In the WordPress SAML SSO plugin, go to the Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the WordPress SSO 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
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-enableauto scan

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:

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

    • Go to Redirection and SSO Links tab of the plugin and navigate to Option 2: Auto- Redirection from WordPress Login.
    • 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.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-optin 3
  • 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 successfully configured WordPress (WP) as SAML SP for achieving G Suite / Google Apps SSO login into your WordPress (WP) Site.

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


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