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Open edx SSO - Auth0

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A single sign-on solution is the holy grail of security for any enterprise, allowing users to log in once and then access multiple systems with a minimum amount of hassle.
In this article we will learn how to integrate Open edX with Auth0 in order to provide single-sign on.
There are many different advantages for using the system including passwordless sign up and logins, as well as easy management of user accounts.

Create an Auth0 account

Visit Auth0 Signup page and pick your preferred method to create an account there.

Default Tenant

After creating your account in Auth0 they automatically create a tenant for you. For this article we use the default tenant but if you need to change tenant name or region for your production site feel free to do it.
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dev-jjap4v9q is my default tenant name in US region.

Create an application

  • Allowed Callback URLs : [LMS-URL]/auth/complete/tpa-saml/
  • Allowed Logout URLs: [LMS-URL]/logout
  • Allowed Web Origins: [LMS-URL]/auth/complete/tpa-saml/, [LMS-URL]
  • Allowed Origins (CORS): [LMS-URL]/auth/complete/tpa-saml/, [LMS-URL]

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Enable SAML Addon

In the addons choose SAML2 and in settings tab click on enable button.

Download the Identity Provider Metadata and upload it to your S3 or somewhere else to get publicly accessible link

Open edX Setup

Add SAML Configuration

First run openssl req -new -x509 -days 3652 -nodes -out saml.crt -keyout saml.key in command line.
Go to [LMS-URL]/admin/third_party_auth/samlconfiguration/add/ and create new configuration like following
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  • The slug should be set as default
  • The Private key: should be content of the saml.key file
  • The Public key: should be content of saml.crt file
  • It's recommended to set the entity id as the Auth0 issuer id you have in auth0 addons for SAML Screen Shot 2021-08-16 at 17.00.52

Add SAML IDP

Go to [LMS-URL]/admin/third_party_auth/samlproviderconfig/add/ and create a new IDP as following
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  • slug should be set as default

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Check the SAML provider data

Now go to [LMS-URL]/admin/third_party_auth/samlproviderdata/add/ and make sure the provider data for Auth0 got created automatically. If not give it around 5 minutes and if it's still not there make sure public key and private key you set earlier is correct and the link to metadata is accesible.

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What is Next

We are preparing an article about how to add extra registration field to the Auth0 and also customizing login/registration flow. Stay tuned!
Meanwhile you can read this article about how we decoupled open edx frontend and how we improved the UI.

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