# Keycloak as IDP for SAML-SSO

To set up the IDP you need a running instance of Keycloak with a configurable realm. Let's pretend it is called my_realm.

# 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 Keycloak as SAML-IDP for SSO. We assume that your Keycloak instance is running on https://keycloak.example.com, your webclient on https://psono.example.com and finally the server is reachable with https://psono.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.

# Keycloak

  1. Navigate to your realm and click on Create in the Clients-Section.

  2. In there add your new client like shown below



  3. Afterwards adapt the settings of the client. Don't forget to click on save at the bottom of the page.

    Choose "email" as your Name ID Format.


  4. Now a new tab called Keys should show up. Go there and copy the certificate (5) and private key as .p12 for the later use. client-config

  5. Extract private key

    Use the following command to extract the private key (6) from the .p12 file

    openssl pkcs12 -in keystore.p12 -out key.pem -nocerts -nodes 
  6. In the Client Scopes-tab click on the Dedicated scope and mappers for this client scope.


    Leave role_list as is, so the roles are also passed along.

  7. Next in the Mappers-tab click on Add predefined mapper


  8. Select X500 email


  9. Within my_realm go to the Realm Settings-section and then in the Keys-tab. Depending on you choice for (2) copy the certificate (9).


# Server (settings.yaml)

After setting up the IDP for the SAML-Authentication it is time to configure your running Psono server to act as the SP. It is required that Psono can reach Keycloak and vise versa.

Edit the settings.yml like so:

# Make sure the 'SAML'-entry is present in the following list

            entityId: "https://keycloak.example.com/realms/my_realm"
                binding: "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:HTTP-Redirect"
                url: "https://keycloak.example.com/realms/my_realm/protocol/saml"
                binding: "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:HTTP-Redirect"
                url: "https://keycloak.example.com/realms/my_realm/protocol/saml"
            x509cert: "{certificate from (9)}"
            groups_attribute: "Role"
            username_attribute: "urn:oid:1.2.840.113549.1.9.1"
            email_attribute: "urn:oid:1.2.840.113549.1.9.1"
            username_domain: "example.com"
            # If you have only certain user that may access Psono, create a role, put it in here and assign it to the users.
            required_group: ["Psono Role"]
            is_adfs: false
            honor_multifactors: true
            max_session_lifetime: 86400
            entityId: "https://psono.example.com/server/saml/1/metadata/"
            NameIDFormat: "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:persistent"
            clientId: "https://psono.example.com/server/saml/1/metadata/"
                binding: "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:HTTP-POST"
                serviceName: "Psono"
                serviceDescription: "Psono EE password manager"
                        attributeValue: []
                        friendlyName: ""
                        isRequired: false
                        name: "email"
                        nameFormat: ""
            x509cert: "{certificate from (5)}"
            privateKey: "{private key from (6)}"
                binding: "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:HTTP-POST"
            autoprovision_psono_folder: false
            autoprovision_psono_group: false
        strict: true
        # You can configure the settings in `advanced_settings.json` of python3-saml in this node (see https://gitlab.com/psono/psono-server/-/issues/153#note_443264234)
            authnRequestsSigned: true


Always restart the server after making changes in the setting.yml-file.

# 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.