Umbraco SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP


Umbraco SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin gives the ability to enable SAML Single Sign-On for your Umbraco applications. Using Single Sign-On you can use only one password to access your Umbraco application and services. Our plugin 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 Umbraco and Salesforce considering Salesforce as IdP. To know more about the features we provide for Umbraco SSO, click here.

Pre-requisites : Download And Installation

  • Download Umbraco SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) module.
  • For Setting up the module, extract the umbraco-saml-sso-connector.zip, you will find a DLL file miniorange-saml-sso.dll, a configuration file saml.config and a integration.md file which contain the steps for adding the module into your application.

1. Add module in Umbraco Application

  • Add miniorange-saml-sso.dll in the bin folder (where your other DLL files exist) for your Umbraco site.
  • Register miniorangesamlsso module for your umbraco SSO according to the provided steps in the integration.md file.
  • Add the provided configuration file saml.config in the root directory for your umbraco site.
  • After integration open browser and browse the module dashboard with URL below:
    https://<umbraco-base-url>/?ssoaction=config
  • If it pops up the registration page or login page, you have successfully added the miniOrange saml sso module for your application.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - Login Page
  • Register or Login for configuring the module.

2. Configure Salesforce as IDP

There are below two ways with which you can get the SAML SP metadata to configure on your identity provider end.

A] Using SAML metadata URL or metadata file:
  • Under the Service Provider Settings section, you can find the metadata URL as well as the option to download the SAML metadata
  • Copy metadata URL or download metadata file to configure the same on your identity provider end.
  • You can refer to the below screenshot:

    Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - Service provider metadata
B] Uploading metadata manually:
  • From the Service Provider Settings section, you can copy the service provider metadata manually like SP Entity ID, ACS Url, Single Logout Url, and provide it to your identity provider for configuration.
  • You can refer to the below screenshot:

    Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - Service provider metadata
  • 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.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - Create SP via connected apps
  • From the left pane, select Settings Tab and click on Identity Provider.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - Create SP via connected apps
  • Click on Enable Identity Provider.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - Create SP via connected apps
  • In the Service Provider section, click on the link to create the Service Provider using Connected Apps.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - Create SP via connected apps
  • 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
    Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - 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
    Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - Fill connected apps details
  • Click on Save to save the configuration.
  • Now from the left pane, under Platform Tools section select Connected Apps.
  • Then select Manage Connected Apps and click on the app you just created.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - Fill connected apps details
  • In the Profiles section click Manage Profiles button.
  • Assign the Profiles you want to give access to log in through this app.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - Fill connected apps details
  • Under SAML Login Information, click on Download Metadata.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - Download Identity Providers metadata
  • Keep this metadata handy for configuring the Service Provider.

You have successfully configured Salesforce as SAML IdP (Identity Provider) for achieving Salesforce SSO login into your Umbraco application.

3. Configure Umbraco as SP

There are below two ways with which you can configure your SAML identity provider metadata in the module.

A] Upload metadata using the Upload IDP Metadata button:
  • If your identity provider has provided you with the metadata URL or metadata file (.xml format only) then you simply configure the identity provider metadata in the module using the Upload IdP Metadata option.
  • You can refer to the below screenshot

    Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - Upload Metadata
  • You can choose any one of the options according to the metadata format you are available with.
B] Configure the identity provider metadata manually:
  • 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.
  • Click Save to save your IDP details.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - test configuration

4. Test Configuration

  • Click on Test Configuration button to test whether the SAML configuration you’ve done is correct or not.
  • The below screenshot shows a successful result.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - saml dll testconfig

5. Attribute Mapping

  • Map your umbraco attributes with the Identity Provider (IdP) attributes.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - attribute mapping
  • Click on Save Attribute Mapping button to save the settings.

6. Login Type

The Umbraco platform supports two different ways of login:



  • Under the Login Setup tab, select Member login as your preferred form of login and then click Save.
  • Umbraco Single Sign-On (SSO) using Salesforce as IDP - Umbraco Member login

7. Login Settings

  • Use the following URL as a link in your Umbraco site from where you want to initiate SSO:
    https://umbraco-base-url/?ssoaction=login
  • For example you can use it as:
    <a href="https://umbraco-base-url/?ssoaction=login”>Login</a>"

8. Logout Settings

  • Use the following URL as a link in your Umbraco from where you want to perform SLO:
    https://umbraco-base-url/?ssoaction=logout
  • For example you can use it as:
    <a href="https://umbraco-base-url/?ssoaction=logout”>Logout</a>"

You can configure the Umbraco SAML 2.0 Single Sign-On (SSO) module with any Identity Providers such as ADFS, Azure AD, Bitium, Centrify, G Suite, JBoss Keycloak, Okta, OneLogin, WordPress, AWS Cognito, OpenAM, Oracle, PingFederate, PingOne, RSA SecureID, Shibboleth-2, Shibboleth-3, SimpleSAML, WSO2 or even with your own custom identity provider. Check the list of identity providers here.

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Not able to find your identity provider? Mail us on umbracosupport@xecurify.com and we'll help you set up SSO with your IDP and for quick guidance (via email/meeting) on your requirement and our team will help you to select the best suitable solution/plan as per your requirement.

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