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Nextcloud WordPress Single Sign-On SSO login for WP users

Nextcloud WordPress Single Sign-On SSO login for WP users


Nextcloud is a suite of client-server software for creating and using file hosting services. Nextcloud’s application functionally is similar to Dropbox. Unlike Dropbox, Nextcloud does not offer off-premises file storage hosting. Nextcloud is free and open-source, which means that anyone is allowed to install and operate it on their own private server devices. Login using WordPress Users (WP as SAML IDP) Plugin enables Single Sign-On (SSO) login into Nextcloud using WordPress Login credentials, i.e. authentication via WordPress. In this guide we will set up Nextcloud WordPress Single Sign-On SSO Login for WordPress users by configuring Nextcloud as Service Provider (SP) and WordPress as the Identity Provider (IDP)

Pre-requisites: Download And Installation

To integrate the WordPress site as an Identity Provider for achieving Nextcloud WordPress Single Sign-On (SSO) login, you will need to install the miniOrange Login using WordPress Users ( WP as SAML IDP ) plugin:

add-wordpress sso download plugin
Login using WordPress Users ( WP as SAML IDP )
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Single Sign-On (SSO) login with WordPress Users into any Service Provider like Tableau, Zoho, Zoom, Moodle, Canvas LMS, Absorb LMS, TalentLMS, etc.

 Tested with 6.3.1

Step-by-step Video to Setup SSO between Nextcloud and WordPress

Guide to configure Nextcloud WordPress SSO login:

1. Configure Nextcloud as SP (Service Provider)

  • Login to WordPress using Administrator account.
  • Download / Install this plugin - Login using WordPress Users (WP as SAML IDP) and activate it. You will see WordPress IDP in your WordPress menu bar in the dashboard.
  • Click on the WordPress IDP option in the menu bar, and select IDP Metadata tab.
  • WordPress Nextcloud SSO |   Setup Nextcloud as SP
  • Open a new browser tab or window, Log in to your Nextcloud account as Account Admin.
  • Click on the top right corner. Select Apps.
  • Nextcloud WordPress Single Sign-On |   Admin view Nextcloud as SP
  • Search for SSO & SAML Authentication. Click on Download and Enable.
  •  Nextcloud WordPress Single Sign-On |  Download and Enable SAML app Nextcloud as SP
  • Click on the top right corner, and select Settings. Find SSO & SAML Authentication on the left side, and open it.
  •  Nextcloud WordPress Single Sign-On |  SSO and SAML Authentication
  • Click on Use built-in SAML Authentication, click on Add Identity Provider.
  •  Nextcloud WordPress Single Sign-On |  Select built-in SAML Nextcloud as SP
    Switch back to the tab / window with the IDP Metadata. Enter the information into the corresponding fields.
    Attribute to map the UID to EMail
    Identifier of the IDP Entity Copy and paste the IDP Entity ID.
    URL Target of the IdP Copy and paste the SAML Login URL.
    Certificate Download the Certificate. Open it in notepad. Copy and paste the content here.
     Nextcloud WordPress Single Sign-On |  Enter IDP info Nextcloud as SP
  • Once this is done, click on Download metadata XML to download the SP metadata XML file.
  • You have successfully configured Nextcloud as Service Provider for achieving Nextcloud WordPress Single Sign-On (SSO) login using your WordPress credentials

2. Configure WordPress as IdP (Identity Provider)

  • Go to WordPress IDP Plugin on the Dashboard and select Service Providers tab.
  • Enter the following information into the corresponding fields. Click Save.
  • Service Provider Name Nextcloud
    SP Entity ID or Issuer https://<your Nextcloud URL>/index.php/apps/user_saml/saml/metadata
    ACS URL https://<your Nextcloud URL>/index.php/apps/user_saml/saml/acs
    NameID Format urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress
     Nextcloud WordPress SSO - Nextcloud Login |  Enter SP info WordPress as IDP
  • Click on the IDP Metadata tab.
  •  Nextcloud WordPress Single Sign-On |  IDP metadata WordPress as IDP

3. Configure attributes in the plugin (This is a premium feature)

  • Select Attribute/Role Mapping. In the User Attributes section, enter the following information. Click Save.

    Name User Meta Data
    EMail user_email
  •  Nextcloud WordPress Single Sign-On |  WP Attribute Mapping WordPress as IDP

You have successfully configured WordPress as Identity Provider for Nextcloud WordPress login using Single Sign-On

You have successfully configured Nextcloud as a Service Provider, WordPress as an Identity provider, have successfully set-up attribute / role mapping and achieved WordPress Nextcloud Single Sign-On.

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