WordPress Simple SAML plugin

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WordPress Simple SAML
Easy to use Single-sign-on ( SSO ) SAML integration plugin for WordPress, with multi-site / multi-network support.
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A Human Made project. Maintained by Shady Sharaf. 68747470733a2f2f686d6e2e6d642f636f6e74656e742f7468656d65732f686d6e6d642f6173736574732f696d616765732f686d2d6c6f676f2e737667

WordPress Simple SAML is a flexible, extensible SAML integration plugin, which does most of the grunt work while keeping everything configurable through actions and filters throughout the plugin.

The plugin supports multi-site networks, and cross-network SSO delegation as well. Can be installed on site-level, or on network-level.

WordPress Simple SAML uses OneLogin's PHP-SAML toolkit for SAML API integration.

Getting Set Up

  • Copy the plugin files to your wp-content/plugins directory
  • Activate the plugin
  • Head over to configuration screen.
  • Send Service Provider metadata URL ( or content ) to your Identity Provider authority (IdP) ( find the link in settings page ).

Note: If you're activating the plugin network-wide via code, you might need to use the filter wpsimplesaml_network_activated to override the standard WordPress check, something like this would be what you need:

add_filter( 'wpsimplesaml_network_activated', '__return_true' )


There is two ways to configure the plugin, either from the admin interface or using filters, both can be used interchangably as the project requires, usually filters prevail database settings though.

Admin configurations

Depending on whether the plugin is network-activated or not, you will need to go to Settings \ General or Network Settings pages.

  • SSO Status is how the plugin integrates with WordPress login process, available options are Disable, Display login link which only provides a link in the login form, Force redirect which overrides the login form altogether and directly goes to SSO login page.
  • SSO Base URL (optional) is the home URL of the WordPress site that serves as the delegate ( main service provider ) to which SAML responses will be posted, usually this is the main site of the network, and is the same value for siteurl option, eg
  • SSO IdP Metadata (required, if not filtered) Copy of the SSO IdP metadata XML file, which can also be passed via either wpsimplesaml_idp_metadata_xml_path for a path to the XML file, or wpsimplesaml_idp_metadata_xml for the contents of the XML, or wpsimplesaml_idp_metadata for the configuration array.
  • SSO delegation whitelisted hosts List of hosts to whitelist during delegation of SAML responses, ie: secondary domains that needs to use SSO as well from the same IdP. Local sites are allowed by default.
  • SSO Role Management Enables developers to assign different roles to users based on SAML Responses, disabled by default, and is controlled via a few filters,
  • SSO Debug via Cookies Allows developers to use a special cookie named sso_debug to override the SSO Status option during testing. Possible value of the cookie are force and link, which are self-explanatory.
  • SSO Config validation Shows information about IdP metadata and validity of its settings.

Configuration via code

WordPress Simple SAML is built to be as extensible as possible, so most aspects of the login/validation process can be tweaked as needed by using the available well-documented Hooks.

TL;DR; This is the basic minimum filters you'd need to get an implementation working with the default options.

// SAML metadata XML file path
add_filter( 'wpsimplesaml_idp_metadata_xml_path', function(){
	return ABSPATH . '/.private/sso/test.idp.xml';
} );

// Configure attribute mapping between WordPress and SSO IdP SAML attributes
add_filter( 'wpsimplesaml_attribute_mapping', function(){
	return [
		'user_login' => 'uid',
		'user_email' => 'email',
} );


As SSO authorities are usually a pain to change, and credentials take time to be configured, we've documented steps to get a sample SAML IdP ( Identity provider ) up and running using a test docker container. See more at Testing SSO Locally.


First, thanks for contributing!

Setting up

To get development dependencies, install composer and npm dependencies via:

composer install
npm install

This installs Human made's version of WordPress Coding Standards via PHP Code Sniffer, and symlinks a precommit hook to automatically check all commits for code quality concerns.


  • Find an issue you'd like to help with, or create a new one for the change you'd like to introduce.
  • Fork the repo to your own account
  • Issue pull-requests from your fork to ours
  • Tag the issue you're trying to resolve in your pull-request for some context
  • Make sure the pull-request passed all Travis checks
  • Tag any of the contributors for a review.


Check issues list for what's planned next.


Created by Human Made for network-wide SAML SSO Integrations, because of the lack of a well-written WordPress integration with the features/flexibility our clients require.

Written and maintained by Shady Sharaf. Thanks to all our contributors.

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  • 0.3

    • Fix compatibilty with WordPress single site (no multisite).
    • Fix error caused by using WordPress dashboard function outside the dashboard.
  • 0.2.1

    • Fix missing composer dependency and updated .gitignore
  • 0.2

    • Updating PHP SAML library to 3.0 to support PHP 7.x
  • 0.1

    • Stable version