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Single Sign-On (SSO) for Apps Using Keycloak as IDP

Configure Keycloak as IDP to Single Sign-On (SSO) into multiple applications using Keycloak as SAML IDP (Identity Provider). In this case miniOrange will act as a identity broker between your app (SP) and Keycloak (IDP) while providing additional features like MFA, Adaptive Authentication, Provisioning, Role Based access, Attribute Filtering, Cross Protocol Support etc. Follow the step-by-step guide below to set up Keycloak as SAML Identity Provider in miniOrange. Once configured successfully you will be ready to securely access your website/application using Keycloak IDP with only one set of credentials.

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1. Configure miniOrange as SP in Keycloak

Mentioned below are steps to configure Keycloak as IDP via SAML and OAuth configuration. Follow the steps accordingly based on your requirement (SAML or OAuth).

  • Go to miniOrange Admin console and navigate to Identity Providers in the left navigation menu. Then, click on Add Identity Provider button.

  • Now click on the Click here link to get miniOrange metadata as shown in Screen below.
  • Keycloak as IDP : get miniorange metadata

  • For SP -INITIATED SSO section Select Show Metadata Details.
  • Keycloak as IDP : SP intiated Metadata

  • Click on Download Metadata
  • Keycloak as IDP : SAML attributes

  • Log in to the Keycloak Admin Panel and go to Clients.
  • Keycloak SSO- Go to Clients

  • Click on Create on the right corner of the table.
  • Keycloak SSO- Create Client

  • If you have XML file from service provider, you can click on import file and upload metadata.
  • Keycloak SSO- Import Metadata

  • For manual configuration, Select saml from client protocol dropdown and enter values provided by service provider as follows:
  • Client Id EntityID / Issuer
    Endpoints ACS Url
    Keycloak SSO- Configure client
  • Click on Save for further configuration.
  • Now provide SP configuration values as instructed in table value: .
  • Client ID The SP-EntityID / Issuer from the plugin's Service Provider Metadata tab
    Name Provide a name for this client
    Description Provide a description
    Client Signature Required OFF
    Force POST Binding OFF
    Force NameID format OFF
    NameID format Email
    Root URL Leave empty or Provide Base URL from Service Provider Metadata tab
    Valid Redirect URIs The ACS (Assertion Consumer Service) URL from the plugin's Service Provider Metadata tab
    Keycloak as SAML IDP: Keycloak SSO Client Configuration

    Keycloak as SAML IDP: Keycloak SSO Client Configuration

  • Now in Fine Grain SAML Endpoint Configuration enter values as follows.
  • Assertion Consumer Service POST Binding URL ACS Url
    Logout Service Redirect Binding URL Single Logout Url
    Keycloak as SAML IDP: Keycloak SSO Client Configuration
  • Click on the Save button.
  • For IDP metadata, Go to Realms in left panel and click on SAML 2.0 Identity Provider Metadata.

2. Configure Keycloak as IDP in miniOrange

  • Go to miniOrange Admin Console .
  • From the left navigation bar select Identity Provider.
  • Click on Add Identity Provider button.
  • Keycloak as SAML IDP

  • Select SAML. Click on Import IDP metadata.
  • Keycloak as SAML IDP: import metadata

  • Choose an appropriate IDP name. Enter the URL which you have saved in the previous step from Keycloak.
  • Click on Import.
  • Configuring Keycloak as IdP: Keycloak Import

  • As shown in the below screen the IDP Entity ID, SAML SSO Login URL and x.509 Certificate will be filled from the Metadata file we just imported.
  • Configuring Keycloak as IdP : SAML SSO Login URL and x.509 Certificate

  • Click Save

Test Connection

  • Go to Identity Providers tab.
  • Click on Select>>Test Connection option against the Identity Provider you configured.
  • Keycloak as SAML IDP: -IDP-TestConnection

  • On entering valid Keycloak credentials you will see a pop-up window which is shown in the below screen.
  • Keycloak as SAML IDP: SucessTestConn-Keycloak-IDP
  • Hence your configuration of Keycloak as an Identity Provider in miniOrange is successfully completed.
  • First of all, Download Keycloak and install it.
  • Start Server: Start the keycloak server by running the _standalone.sh_ file.
  • Root Directory of keycloak bin standalone.sh
  • Add Realm : Now login to keycloak administration console and navigate to your desired realm. You can add new realm by selecting Add Realm option.
  • Keycloak as SAML IDP: Keycloak SSO(Add Realm)

  • Create realm: Enter Realm Name and click on CREATE Keycloak SSO(Create Realm).
  • Keycloak as SAML IDP: Keycloak IDP - add realm

  • Create ROLE: The Role will be used by your applications to define which users will be authorized to access the application. Click on the Roles and choose Add Role.
  • Keycloak IDP (Add a new user)

  • Add User: We need to add users to realm who will be able to access the resources of realm. Click on the Users and choose to Add a new User.
  • Keycloak IDP (Manage Credentials)

  • User Configuration: After user is created following action needs to be performed on it.
    • 1) Setting a password for it so click on Credentials and set a new Password for the user.

    Keycloak IDP (Attribute mapping)

    NOTE : Disabling Temporary will make user password permanent.

  • Map User: We need to map user to a role. Click on Role Mappings and assign the user desired role from available roles and clicking on add selected.
  • Keycloak IDP (select new group)

  • Create groups: Click on the Groups and choose New to create a new group.
  • Keycloak IDP (assign user to group)

  • Assign user to group: Select the user whom you want to add in group. Choose Groups option from tab and then select the group-name and click on join.
  • Keycloak IDP (create OpenId Client)

  • Create OpenID client: Click on the Clients and choose create to create a new client. Enter client id and select client protocol openeid-connect and select Save.
  • Keycloak IDP (Change access type)

  • Change Access type: After client is created change its access type to confidential.
  • Keycloak as SAML IDP: Single Sign-On using Keycloak SSO

  • To get the Redirect URL:
    • Go to miniOrange Admin Console.
    • From the left navigation bar select Identity Provider. Select Oauth
    • Keycloak as SAML IDP: Azure AD sso

      Keycloak as SAML IDP: Azure AD sso

    • Copy the Callback URL as Redirect URL required for next step.
    • Keycloak as SAML IDP: Single Sign-On using (Identity Provider with OAuth 2.0 Provider)
  • Enter Valid Redirect URLs: Copy callback URL from plugin and then click on SAVE. Ex -- https:///oauth/callback
  •  Keycloak Single Sign-On (SSO) - change access type

  • Keycloak Group Mapper: Now to get group details we need to perform its client mapping with group membership else group details will not be fetched. So in client select Mappers and then click on create. Select mapper type Group Membership and enter name and token claim-name i.e the attribute name corresponding which groups will be fetched. Turn Off full group path and click on Save.
  • Keycloak SSO(Group Mapper)

    Note: -- If full path is on group path will be fetched else group name will be fetched.

  • Realm name: You need a realm name when you set up Keycloak as an OAuth provider. Go to the Realm Settings tab and copy the realm name.
  • Get Client Secret: Now we need to get client secret. So select Clients and select credentials and copy your secret from here.
  • Keycloak SSO(Jira Test)

2. Configure Keycloak as IDP in miniOrange

    Follow the steps to configure Keycloak as IdP by OAuth configuration.

  • Go to miniOrange Admin Console.
  • From the left navigation bar select Identity Provider. Select Oauth
  • Keycloak as SAML IDP: Pinterest sso

    Keycloak as SAML IDP: Pinterest sso

  • Enter the following values.
  • IdP Name Custom Provider
    IdP Display Name Choose appropriate Name
    OAuth Authorize Endpoint https://{your-base-url}/as/authorization.oauth2
    OAuth Access Token Endpoint https://{your-base-url}/as/token.oauth2
    OAuth Get User Info Endpoint (optional) https://{your-base-url}/idp/userinfo.oauth2
    Client ID From step 1
    Client secret From step 1
    Scope auto

3. Configure your app in miniOrange


If you have already configured your application in miniOrange you can skip the following steps.

  • Click on Create App under SAML.
  • Click on Create SAML App

  • Search for your Application. In case you do not find your app, search for Custom SAML App.
  • Search for your SAML App

    Configure SAML Application

  • Get the ACS URL and SP Entity ID from your application.
  • Enter the following values OR click on Import SP Metadata:
  • Service Provider Name Choose appropriate name according to your choice
    SP Entity ID or Issuer Your Application Entity ID
    ACS URL X.509 Certificate (optional) Your Application Assertion Consumer Service URL
    NameID format  Select urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress
    Response Signed Unchecked
    Assertion Signed Checked
    Encrypted Assertion Unchecked
    Group policy Default
    Login Method
  • Click on Save to configure your application.
  • Now to get the IDP metadata of the app configured, Go to apps >> your_app >> select >> metadata tab.
  • Go to the metadata section

  • Click on the Show Metadata details in the Information required to Authenticate via External IDPs section. Download the metadata XML file by clicking on Download Metadata button or copy the Metadata URL link.
  • Downlaod metadata - URL

  • You need to Upload this metadata in your application.
  • Click on Create App under OAuth/OIDC. Click on Open ID Connect App .
  •  Add OAuth openIDConnect app

  • You can add any OAuth Client app here to enable miniOrange as OAuth Server. Few popular OAuth client apps for single sign-on are Salesforce, WordPress, Joomla, Atlassian, etc.
  • Select your OAuth openIDConnect app

    Configure OAth AddopenIDConnect app

  • Enter following Values:
  • Client Name Add appropriate Name
    Redirect URL Get the Redirect-URL from your OAuth Client
    Description Add if required
    Group Name Default
    Policy Name
    Login Method
  • Click on Save
  • Now to provide the required data to OAuth client go to the app configured i.e apps >> your_app >> select >> edit.
  • Edit OAuth editOpenidConnect app

    OAuth openidConnect app endpoints

    Note: Choose the Authorization Endpoint according to the identity source you configure.

  • When you want to use you want to use miniOrange as OAuth identity server use this endpoint: https://{mycompany.domainname.com}/moas/idp/openidsso
  • If you are configuring any Identity Provider in Identity Providers Menu and not using miniOrange as IDP use this endpoint: https://{mycompany.domainname.com}/broker/login/oauth{customerid}
  • Click on Create App under JWT.
  • Click n External JWT app

  • Select JWT App.
  • SelectJWT app

  • Configure the name for your application and configure Redirect-URL which tells where to send JWT response. Redirect-URL should be an endpoint on your application where you want to achieve SSO.
  • Configure JWT App

    In case you are setting up SSO with Mobile Applications where you can't create an endpoint for Redirect or Callback URL, use below URL.


  • Click Save
  • To get the SSO link for your application, Go to Apps >> your_app >> select >> Edit.
  • Get SSO Link

  • Then, copy the Single Sign On Url and verify SSO setup by browsing that url.
  •  SSO URL

  • On successful authentication, you will be redirected to configured Redirect or Callback URL with JWT token
  • You will need to download a certificate from App > Manage Apps, and click Certificate link against your configured application. This certificate will be used for signature validation of JWT response.
  • Download certificate to proceed with SSO

4. Setup Multiple IDPs (Optional)

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