Docker-based configuration to easily re-build Shibboleth RPMs with FastCGI support
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Recompiling Shibboleth SP RPMs with FastCGI support

The Shibboleth SP software features FastCGI authorizer and responder applications for use with any web server that supports FastCGI. This is used with Nginx with the nginx-http-shibboleth module, but is entirely web-server agnostic as it is simply a rebuild of the existing packages.


Unfortunately, the default distributions of the Shibboleth SP don't come with FastCGI support built by default. Questions have been raised on the Shibboleth mailing list about adding this support to the core build, but to date this hasn't happened because the fcgi-devel package lives in the EPEL repositories and not the core.

If you can help twist someone's arm to adjust this decision, that'd help eliminate the need for this repository and us manually rebuilding Shibboleth each time a new release comes out.

By "manually", we mean watching for or otherwise being told about new Shibboleth SP releases. Here's the current ATOM feed from the Shibboleth wiki covering their blog post announcements, which occasionally includes SP software releases.


This will always build the latest version of the Shibboleth SP and does so by spinning up a Docker container for recompilation of the RPMs.

  1. Ensure Docker and Docker Compose are installed.

  2. Run the following:

    git clone
    cd shibboleth-fastcgi
  3. Enjoy your new RPMs, available in the build/ directory, categorised by OS and distribution name.

  4. When finished building, clean up your environment:

    make clean

If you're not into Docker, then you can use the script directly on your own RHEL or CentOS VM. You'll need to ensure you have set up the basic dependencies of building RPMs first; see any of the Dockerfile files for more information.

If you're just looking to download something that works and don't want to rebuild things yourself, the James Cook University eResearch Centre provides EL x86_64 packages in repos at You'll need to trust our RPM building skills and note that no support is offered to the public for this service.


If running docker-compose up repeatedly, such as when you might be modifying the build scripts, note that docker-compose creates anonymous volumes and retains the file system from the initial run of the containers. This means that the built shibboleth packages will be "installed" already. We automatically handle this by cleaning up this situation in each relevant Dockerfile but you can start afresh with a call like so:

make clean

which cleans up the anonymous volumes before starting again.

For more details, see Overview of Docker Compose.


Pull requests are welcome, especially if you want to add another distribution or OS to the list of builds. All support maintaining the existing configuration or these packages is greatly appreciated.