# Preamble

The EE server and client support the SAML protocol that allows you to configure an external service as IDP (identity provider) for SSO (single sign on). This guide here will explain how to configure AWS as SAML IDP for SSO. We assume that AWS can firewall / network wise access your server. In addition we assume that your webclient is running on https://example.com, the server is reachable with https://example.com/server (e.g. https://example.com/server/info/ shows you some nice json output). This is your first SAML provider that you want to configure (therefore we give him the ID "1").


This feature is only available in the Enterprise Edition.


As a first step we have to configure AWS.

  1. Enable AWS SSO

    Go to eu-central-1.console.aws.amazon.com/singlesignon/home (opens new window). At the top right select the region, that you want to use for your SSO service. Afterwards click "Enable AWS SSO"

    Enable AWS SSO

    AWS might ask you to configure a organisation or enable other features. Follow the guide on the screen.

    Create organisation if necessary

  2. Create Application

    Go to "Applications" and click "Add a new application"

    Create application

  3. Create "custom application"

    Click "Add a custom SAML 2.0 application"

    Create custom application

  4. Configure the "custom application"

    Configure the custom application as shown on this screenshot. Replace example.com and example.com/server with your parameters.

    Configure custom application

    The "Application ACS URL" and "Application SAML audience" appear if you click "If you don't have a metadata file, you can manually..." link. The "1" in "Application ACS URL" and "Application SAML audience" is the SAML provider ID that needs to match the provider id in your settings.yaml later.


    Make notes of the all those AWS SSO ... URLs and downnload the certificate. You will need it later.

    Click save.

  5. Create "Attribute mapping"

    Go to the "Attribute mappings" tab and configure the attributes as shown on this screenshot.

    Configure attribute mappings

# Server (settings.yaml)

During the installation of the server you have created a settings.yaml that needs to be adjusted now.

  1. Generate SP certificate

    You will need a certificate for your service provider (SP) later. You can generate one easily with:

    openssl req -new -newkey rsa:2048 -x509 -days 3650 -nodes -sha256 -out sp_x509cert.crt -keyout sp_private_key.key

    This will generate a private key (sp_private_key.key) and the public certificate (sp_x509cert.crt).

  2. Comment in the following section:

                entityId: "AWS_SSO_SAML_METADATA_FILE_URL"
                    binding: "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:HTTP-Redirect"
                    url: "AWS_SSO_SIGN_OUT_URL"
                    binding: "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:HTTP-Redirect"
                    url: "AWS_SSO_SIGN_IN_URL"
                x509cert: "AWS_SSO_CERTIFICATE"
                groups_attribute: "groups"
                username_attribute: "username"
                email_attribute: "email"
                username_domain: "example.com"
                required_group: []
                is_adfs: false
                honor_multifactors: true
                max_session_lifetime: 43200
                NameIDFormat: "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:persistent"
                    binding: "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:HTTP-POST"
                    serviceName: "Psono"
                    serviceDescription: "Psono password manager"
                            attributeValue: []
                            friendlyName: ""
                            isRequired: false
                            name: "attribute-that-has-to-be-requested-explicitely"
                            nameFormat: ""
                privateKey: "SP_PRIVATE_CERTIFICATE"
                    binding: "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:HTTP-Redirect"
                x509cert: "SP_X509CERT"
            strict: true
    • Replace AWS_SSO_SAML_METADATA_FILE_URL with the "AWS SSO SAML metadata file" url from previous AWS configuration.
    • Replace AWS_SSO_SIGN_OUT_URL with the "AWS SSO sing-out URL" from previous AWS configuration.
    • Replace AWS_SSO_SIGN_IN_URL with the "AWS SSO sing-in URL" from previous AWS configuration.
    • Replace AWS_SSO_CERTIFICATE with the "AWS SSO certificate" from previous AWS configuration. (remove all line breaks)
    • Replace SP_PRIVATE_CERTIFICATE with the content of the previous generated "sp_private_key.key". (remove all line breaks)
    • Replace SP_X509CERT with the content of the previous generated "sp_x509cert.crt". (remove all line breaks)

    Restart the server afterward

  3. Adjust authentication methods

    Make sure that SAML is part of the AUTHENTICATION_METHODS parameter in your settings.yaml e.g.


    Restart the server afterward

  4. (optional) Debug Mode

    It is helpful in the later debugging to enable debug mode.

    DEBUG: True


    Restart the server afterward and don't forget to remove it before going to production.

# Client (config.json)

Now you have to configure your client, so your users can use this configured IDP.

  1. Basic

    Update your config.json similar to the one shown below.

        "authentication_methods": ["SAML"],
        "saml_provider": [{
          "title": "SAML Login",
          "provider_id": 1,
          "button_name": "Login "

    The variable authentication_methods restricts the allowed login methods. In the example above only SAML will be allowed and the normal login "hidden". The title and button_name can be adjusted however you like. The provider_id needs to match the one that you used on your server.

  2. (optional) Automatic login

    You may want to "automatically" click on the login button to initiate the login flow. You can accomplish this by modifying the config.json as shown below:

        "authentication_methods": ["SAML"],
        "auto_login": true,


    This will only work if you have just one provider configured with only one authentication method. Users won't be able to modify the server url nor choose to register or interact with the login form in any other way.