OAuth / OpenID Connect Single Sign-On (SSO) into Joomla using WSO2 | WSO2 SSO Login




What is OAuth / OpenID?


OAuth Server / OpenID Connect Server (OAuth 2.0 Server) also known as Authorization Server, It is the modern standard for securing access to APIs & implements network protocol flows which allow a client (OAuth Client) to act on behalf of a user. OAuth Server allows clients to verify the identity of end-users based on the authentication performed by an Authorization Server and also to obtain basic profile (Scope) information about the end-users in an interoperable and REST-like manner.


How does OAuth / OpenID work?


OAuth 2.0 Server is used to set up any Application as Identity Server to allow users to Single Sign-On / Login into their client site/application with login using OAuth / OpenID Connect protocol flows. The primary goal of this OAuth 2.0 server / Oauth Provider is to allow users to interact with multiple apps without requiring them to store sensitive credentials. You can easily configure an OAuth 2.0 / OpenID Connect server to protect your API with access tokens, or allow clients to request new access tokens and refresh them.


Joomla OAuth & OpenID Connect Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin enables secure login into Joomla using WSO2 as OAuth and OpenID Connect provider. You can also configure the plugin using different Oauth providers such as Azure B2C, Office 365, and other custom providers. It supports advanced Single Sign-On (SSO) features such as user profile Attribute mapping, Role mapping, multi-tenant login, etc. Here we will go through a guide to configure SSO between Joomla and WSO2. By the end of this guide, users should be able to login to Joomla from WSO2.

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Download And Installation

  • Log into your Joomla instance as an admin.
  • Go to the Joomla Dashboard -> Extensions -> Manage and click on Install.
  • Seach for a Joomla OAuth Client plugin and click on Install Now.

Step 1: Setup WSO2 as OAuth Provider

  • First, let’s register this Consumer App in WSO2 IS. Download and start WSO2 IS.
  •  WSO2 Oauth client, sso-appregister-wso2
  • Once logged in, go to Main -> Service Provider and click on Add.
  • Joomla WSO2 OAuth/OpenID,-sso-sp-Add
  • Enter the Service Provider Name and Description and click on Register.
  • Joomla WSO2 OAuth/OpenID, Enter-spname-description
  • Now go to the Service Provider->List and edit the Service Provider you have created.
  • Scroll down and select Inbound Authentication Configuration and then select OAuth/OpenID Connect Configuration and click on Configure.
  • Joomla WSO2 OAuth/OpenID, Configure
  • Select the OAuth Version 2.0 and enter the Redirect/Callback URL from the plugin in Callback URL field. Click on Add.
  • Joomla WSO2 OAuth/OpenID, CallbackURL
  • When the app has been added, Client ID and Client Secret are generated for the application. Configure the Joomla OAuth SSO plugin with Client ID, Client Secret, Authentication and Access Token, Get User Info Endpoint of WSO2. Endpoints are provided at the bottom of this guide.
  • Joomla WSO2 OAuth/OpenID, Getclient-secret
  • Attribute Mapping: To get attributes from WSO2 you have to add following Claim URIs in your WSO2 application.
  • Go to Service Provider->Claim Configuration.
  • Select https://wso2.org/claims/emailaddress from Subject Claim URI dropdown.
  • Add following URIs in Service Provider Claim Dialect: https://wso2.org/oidc/claim & https://wso2.org/claims
  • Joomla WSO2 OAuth/OpenID, Claim-url
  • You have successfully completed your WSO2 Server side configurations.

  • WSO2 Endpoints and Scope:


    Client ID : From above steps
    Client Secret : From above steps
    Scope: openid
    Authorize Endpoint: https://<wso2-app-domain>/oauth2/authorize
    Access Token Endpoint: https://<wso2-app-domain>/oauth2/token
    Get User Info Endpoint: https://<wso2-app-domain>/oauth2/userinfo
    Custom redirect URL after logout: [optional] https://<wso2-app-domain>/oidc/logout?id_token_hint=<id_token>&post_logout_redirect_uri=<redirect URI>&state=<state>

Step 2: Configure miniOrange Joomla OAuth Client plugin.

  • Download the zip file for the miniOrange OAuth Client plugin for Joomla from the link here.
  • oauth provider the zip for Joomla
  • Login into your Joomla site’s administrator console.
  • Go to Extension Manage Install in the top navigation bar to install the plugin.
  • joomla oauth provider plugin
  • Upload the downloaded zip file to install the OAuth Client plugin.
  • joomla oauth provider zip
  • Navigate to Extensions Manage Manage and search for miniorange in the Search bar provided to see the list of the components.
  • Go to Components MiniOrange OAuth Client Configure OAuth tab from the top navigation bar to go to the configuration page of the plugin.
  • joomla oauth provider OAuth Client
  • Select your OAuth Provider from the Select Application dropdown. In case your OAuth Provider is not listed in the drop down, please select Custom OAuth Provider to continue.
  • joomla oauth provider OAuth tab joomla oauth provider OAuth tab
  • Fill in the details you received from your OAuth Provider.
  • Copy the Redirect/Callback URL given in the plugin and click on the Save Settings button to save details in your OAuth Provider.
  • Click on the Test Configuration button and copy the email and name attributes and save these attributes in Email Attribute and Name Attribute text field respectively. Now click on the Save Attribute Mapping button to save your configurations.
  • joomla oauth provider OAuth tab joomla oauth provider Attribute Mapping
  • Use the Login URL to perform the SSO of your pre-configured OAuth/OpenID Connect Provider, (After completing test configuration please copy the Login URL and Add a button on your site login page).
  • Joomla OAuth Client - Login URL
  • Now logout and go to your Joomla site's pages where you have added this link. You will see a login link where you placed that button. Click on this button to perform SSO.
  • Congratulations, you have successfully configured the miniOrange OAuth Client plugin with your desired OAuth Provider.
  • Click on the Upgrade Plans tab to check out our complete list of features and various licensing plans. OR you can click hereto check features and licensing plans
  • If you want to purchase any of the paid version of the plugin, you have to register/login with us in Account Setup tab. OR you can register/login Here
  • In case, you are facing some issue or have any question in mind, you can reach out to us by sending us your query through the Support button in the plugin or by sending us a mail at joomlasupport@xecurify.com.

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