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Salesforce Authenticator Plug-in

This project provides an opens source Salesforce Authenticator plug-in for the Curity Identity Server. This allows an administrator to add functionality to Curity which will then enable end users to login using their Salesforce credentials. The app that integrates with Curity may also be configured to receive the Salesforce access token and refresh token, allowing it to manage resources in Salesforce.

System Requirements

Requirements for Building from Source

  • Maven 3
  • Java JDK v. 8

Compiling the Plug-in from Source

The source is very easy to compile. To do so from a shell, issue this command: mvn package.


To install this plug-in, either download a binary version available from the releases section of this project's GitHub repository or compile it from source (as described above). If you compiled the plug-in from source, the package will be placed in the target subdirectory. The resulting JAR file or the one downloaded from GitHub needs to placed in the directory ${IDSVR_HOME}/usr/share/plugins/salesforce. (The name of the last directory, salesforce, which is the plug-in group, is arbitrary and can be anything.) After doing so, the plug-in will become available as soon as the node is restarted.

The JAR file needs to be deployed to each run-time node and the admin node. For simple test deployments where the admin node is a run-time node, the JAR file only needs to be copied to one location.

For a more detailed explanation of installing plug-ins, refer to the Curity developer guide.

Creating an App in Salesforce

Setting up OAuth 2.0 requires that you take some steps within Salesforce and in other locations. If any of the steps are unfamiliar,
see Understanding Authentication.

Create a connected app if you haven’t already done so.

  • In Salesforce Classic, from Setup, enter Apps in the Quick Find box, select Apps (under Build | Create), then click the name of the connected app.

  • In Lightning Experience, from Setup, enter Apps in the Quick Find box, select App Manager, click Action dropdown, and then select Edit.


When you click Save, the Consumer Key is created and displayed, and a Consumer Secret is created (click the link to reveal it). The Consumer Key and Consumer Secret refers to Client ID and Client Secret respectively.

Click Enable OAuth Settings and specify your callback URL and OAuth scopes. The Callback URL need to match the yet-to-be-created Salesforce authenticator instance in Curity. The default will not work, and, if used, will result in an error. This should be updated to some URL that follows the pattern $baseUrl/$authenticationEndpointPath/$salesforceAuthnticatorId/callback, where each of these URI components has the following meaning:

URI Component Meaning
baseUrl The base URL of the server (defined on the System --> General page of the admin GUI). If this value is not set, then the server scheme, name, and port should be used (e.g., https://localhost:8443).
authenticationEndpointPath The path of the authentication endpoint. In the admin GUI, this is located in the authentication profile's Endpoints tab for the endpoint that has the type auth-authentication.
salesforceAuthenticatorId This is the name given to the Salesforce authenticator when defining it (e.g., salesforce1).

It could be helpful to also enable additional scopes. Scopes are the Salesforce-related rights or permissions that the app is requesting. If the final application (not Curity, but the downstream app) is going to perform actions using the Salesforce API, additional scopes probably should be enabled. Refer to the Salesforce documentation on scopes for an explanation of those that can be enabled and what they allow.


If the app configuration in Salesforce does not allow a certain scope (e.g., the api scope) but that scope is enabled in the authenticator in Curity, a server error will result. For this reason, it is important to align these two configurations or not to define any when configuring the plug-in in Curity.

Creating a Salesforce Authenticator in Curity

The easiest way to configure a new Salesforce authenticator is using the Curity admin UI. The configuration for this can be downloaded as XML or CLI commands later, so only the steps to do this in the GUI will be described.

  1. Go to the Authenticators page of the authentication profile wherein the authenticator instance should be created.

  2. Click the New Authenticator button.

  3. Enter a name (e.g., salesforce1). This name needs to match the URI component in the callback URI set in the Salesforce app.

  4. For the type, pick the Salesforce option:

  5. On the next page, you can define all of the standard authenticator configuration options like any previous authenticator that should run, the resulting ACR, transformers that should executed, etc. At the bottom of the configuration page, the Salesforce specific options can be found.

The Salesforce specific configuration is generated dynamically based on the configuration model defined in the Java interface.

  1. Certain required and optional configuration settings may be provided. One of these is the HTTP Client setting. This is the HTTP client that will be used to communicate with the Salesforce OAuth server's token and user info endpoints. To define this, do the following:

    1. click the Facilities button at the top-right of the screen.

    2. Next to HTTP, click New.

    3. Enter some name (e.g., salesforceClient).

  2. Back in the Salesforce authenticator instance that you started to define, select the new HTTP client from the dropdown.

  3. In the Client ID textfield, enter the Consumer key from the Salesforce client app.

  4. Also enter the matching Client Secret.

  5. If you wish to limit the scopes that Curity will request of Salesforce, toggle on the desired scopes (e.g., Chatter Api or Custom Permissions).

Once all of these changes are made, they will be staged, but not committed (i.e., not running). To make them active, click the Commit menu option in the Changes menu. Optionally enter a comment in the Deploy Changes dialogue and click OK.

Once the configuration is committed and running, the authenticator can be used like any other.


This plugin and its associated documentation is listed under the Apache 2 license.

More Information

Please visit for more information about the Curity Identity Server.

Copyright (C) 2018 Curity AB.