module for Jelix, allowing to authenticate against an SAML server.

v1.0.0 2020-04-16 17:45 UTC

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This is a module for Jelix, providing authentication for jAuth against SAML servers

This is an experimental module for now.


This module is for Jelix 1.6.21 and higher. It replaces the jauth module, and it is compatible with jauthdb, jauthdb_admin modules.

It uses the onelogin/php-saml library. This library requires:

  • php 7.0 or more
  • some core PHP extensions like php-xml, php-date, php-zlib.
  • openssl. Install the openssl library. It handles x509 certificates.
  • gettext. Install that library and its php driver. It handles translations.
  • curl. Install that library and its php driver if you plan to use the IdP Metadata parser.

Install files with Jelix 1.7

You should use Composer to install the module. Run this commands in a shell:

composer require "jelix/saml-module"

The module jauthdb is required, and the jauth module should be deactivated. In the [modules] section of app/system/mainconfig.ini.php or var/config/localconfig.ini.php, you should have:


If you are using jCommunity, you must deactivate both modules:


Launch the configurator for your application to enable the module

php yourapp/dev.php module:configure saml

Install files with Jelix 1.6.21

If you are using Composer in your application, you should indicate the package into your composer.json:

composer require "jelix/saml-module"

Else, if you are not using Composer, you must install onelogin/php-saml 3.2.1 by hand, extract it somewhere, and add into your application.init.php an include instruction to load its file _toolkit_loader.php. Then copy the saml directory of saml-module into the modules/ directory of your application.

Next you must say to Jelix that you want to use the module. Declare it into the mainconfig.ini.php or localconfig.ini.php file (into yourapp/var/config/).

In the [modules] section, add:


The module jauthdb is required, and the jauth module should be deactivated. In this same section you should then have:


If you are using jCommunity, you must deactivate both modules:


Configuring the installaton

For the moment, there is no configurator dedicated to the module for Jelix 1.7, so you should set some parameter by hand, like for Jelix 1.6.

Installation parameters are:

  • localconfig: says that the configuration should be set into localconfig.ini.php, not mainconfig.ini.php
  • useradmin: the login of the administrator. An account will be created and admin rights will be given to him.
  • emailadmin: email of the administrator

Indicate them into the [modules] section, like in this example:


Installing in an application already having user database


Working with jcommunity

loginResponse = htmlauth
registrationEnabled = off
resetPasswordEnabled = off
resetPasswordAdminEnabled = off
verifyNickname = off

Launch the installer

In the command line, launch:

php yourapp/install/installer.php

The installer:

  • deactivate the plugin auth for jCoordinator, and replace it by the saml plugin
  • create a var/config/saml.coord.ini.php for the saml plugin
  • remove roles auth.user.change.password and auth.users.change.password' from jAcl2 data
  • setup an admin user if there is an install parameter useradmin and emailadmin


You should setup parameters into var/config/saml.coord.ini.php, and mainly into var/config/mainconfig.ini.php or var/config/localconfig.ini.php, into all saml:* sections.

To understand parameters into saml:idp and saml:security, see the file of php-saml.


You should put your service provider certificate and private key into respectively var/config/saml/certs/sp.crt and var/config/saml/certs/sp.key.

An example to create the certificate (only for tests, you probably have to generate them against an external or internal cerficates authority)

openssl req -x509 -newkey rsa:4096 -keyout var/config/saml/certs/sp.key -out var/config/saml/certs/sp.crt -days 365 -nodes -subj "/C=FR/ST=France/L=Paris/O=jelix/OU=tests/"

If you plan to update the certificate and private key you can save a new x509cert into var/config/saml/certs/sp_new.crt and it will be published on the SP metadata so Identity Providers can read them and get ready for rollover.


The SAML Identity Provider will give you them some attributes about the user. If not, you should configure the Identity Provider so it will include some attributes into the login response.

There should be at least one attribute, indicating the user login. You should indicate the name of this attribute into the __login option of the saml:attributes-mapping section of the configuration. In this example, the login value is given into the uid attribute given by the Identity Provider:


In the same section you can list the list of the user dao record properties that will receive the values of some SAML attributes. Keys are property names, values are attributes names.



Here, the user dao object will have its login property receiving the value of the uid attribute, and the email property receiving the value of the mail attribute.