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mod_auth_openidc is an OpenID Certified™ authentication and authorization module for the Apache 2.x HTTP server that implements the OpenID Connect Relying Party functionality.


This module enables an Apache 2.x web server to operate as an OpenID Connect Relying Party (RP) towards an OpenID Connect Provider (OP). It relays end user authentication to a Provider and receives user identity information from that Provider. It then passes on that identity information (a.k.a. claims) to applications protected by the Apache web server and establishes an authentication session for the identified user.

The protected content, applications and services can be hosted by the Apache server itself or served from origin server(s) residing behind it by configuring Apache as a Reverse Proxy in front of those servers. The latter allows for adding OpenID Connect based authentication to existing applications/services/SPAs without modifying those applications, possibly migrating them away from legacy authentication mechanisms to standards-based OpenID Connect Single Sign On (SSO).

By default the module sets the REMOTE_USER variable to the id_token [sub] claim, concatenated with the OP's Issuer identifier ([sub]@[iss]). Other id_token claims are passed in HTTP headers and/or environment variables together with those (optionally) obtained from the UserInfo endpoint. The provided HTTP headers and environment variables can be consumed by applications protected by the Apache server.

Custom fine-grained authorization rules - based on Apache's Require primitives - can be specified to match against the set of claims provided in the id_token/ userinfo claims, see here. Clustering for resilience and performance can be configured using one of the supported cache backends options as listed here.

For a complete overview of all configuration options, see the file auth_openidc.conf. This file can also serve as an include file for httpd.conf.


mod_auth_openidc is OpenID Certified™ and supports the following specifications:



Documentation can be found at the Wiki (including Frequently Asked Questions) at:
For questions, issues and suggestions use the Github Discussions forum at:


For commercial - subscription based - support and licensing please contact:

How to Use It

OpenID Connect SSO with Google+ Sign-In

Sample configuration for using Google as your OpenID Connect Provider running on and registered as the redirect_uri for the client through the Google API Console. You will also have to enable the Google+ API under APIs & auth in the Google API console.

OIDCClientID <your-client-id-administered-through-the-google-api-console>
OIDCClientSecret <your-client-secret-administered-through-the-google-api-console>

# OIDCRedirectURI is a vanity URL that must point to a path protected by this module but must NOT point to any content
OIDCCryptoPassphrase <password>

<Location /example/>
   AuthType openid-connect
   Require valid-user

Note if you want to securely restrict logins to a specific Google Apps domain you would not only add the hd=<your-domain> setting to the OIDCAuthRequestParams primitive for skipping the Google Account Chooser screen, but you must also ask for the email scope using OIDCScope and use a Require claim authorization setting in the Location primitive similar to:

OIDCScope "openid email"
Require claim hd:<your-domain>

The above is an authorization example of an exact match of a provided claim against a string value. For more authorization options see the Wiki page on Authorization.

Quickstart with a generic OpenID Connect Provider

  1. install and load in your Apache server
  2. configure your protected content/locations with AuthType openid-connect
  3. set OIDCRedirectURI to a "vanity" URL within a location that is protected by mod_auth_openidc
  4. register/generate a Client identifier and a secret with the OpenID Connect Provider and configure those in OIDCClientID and OIDCClientSecret respectively
  5. and register the OIDCRedirectURI as the Redirect or Callback URI with your client at the Provider
  6. configure OIDCProviderMetadataURL so it points to the Discovery metadata of your OpenID Connect Provider served on the .well-known/openid-configuration endpoint
  7. configure a random password in OIDCCryptoPassphrase for session/state encryption purposes
LoadModule auth_openidc_module modules/

OIDCProviderMetadataURL <issuer>/.well-known/openid-configuration
OIDCClientID <client_id>
OIDCClientSecret <client_secret>

# OIDCRedirectURI is a vanity URL that must point to a path protected by this module but must NOT point to any content
OIDCRedirectURI https://<hostname>/secure/redirect_uri
OIDCCryptoPassphrase <password>

<Location /secure>
   AuthType openid-connect
   Require valid-user

For details on configuring multiple providers see the Wiki.

Quickstart for Other Providers

See the Wiki for configuration docs for other OpenID Connect Providers:


This software is open sourced by OpenIDC, a subsidiary of ZmartZone Holding B.V. For commercial services you can contact OpenIDC as described above in the Support section.