A generic SAML strategy for OmniAuth
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A generic SAML strategy for OmniAuth available under the MIT License



  • OmniAuth 1.3+
  • Ruby 1.9.x or Ruby 2.1.x+


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Use the SAML strategy as a middleware in your application:

require 'omniauth'
use OmniAuth::Strategies::SAML,
  :assertion_consumer_service_url     => "consumer_service_url",
  :issuer                             => "issuer",
  :idp_sso_target_url                 => "idp_sso_target_url",
  :idp_sso_target_url_runtime_params  => {:original_request_param => :mapped_idp_param},
  :idp_cert                           => "-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----\n...-----END CERTIFICATE-----",
  :idp_cert_fingerprint               => "E7:91:B2:E1:...",
  :idp_cert_fingerprint_validator     => lambda { |fingerprint| fingerprint },
  :name_identifier_format             => "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress"

or in your Rails application:

in Gemfile:

gem 'omniauth-saml'

and in config/initializers/omniauth.rb:

Rails.application.config.middleware.use OmniAuth::Builder do
  provider :saml,
    :assertion_consumer_service_url     => "consumer_service_url",
    :issuer                             => "rails-application",
    :idp_sso_target_url                 => "idp_sso_target_url",
    :idp_sso_target_url_runtime_params  => {:original_request_param => :mapped_idp_param},
    :idp_cert                           => "-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----\n...-----END CERTIFICATE-----",
    :idp_cert_fingerprint               => "E7:91:B2:E1:...",
    :idp_cert_fingerprint_validator     => lambda { |fingerprint| fingerprint },
    :name_identifier_format             => "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress"

For IdP-initiated SSO, users should directly access the IdP SSO target URL. Set the href of your application's login link to the value of idp_sso_target_url. For SP-initiated SSO, link to /auth/saml.

A OneLogin::RubySaml::Response object is added to the env['omniauth.auth'] extra attribute, so we can use it in the controller via env['omniauth.auth'].extra.response_object


The service provider metadata used to ease configuration of the SAML SP in the IdP can be retrieved from http://example.com/auth/saml/metadata. Send this URL to the administrator of the IdP.


  • :assertion_consumer_service_url - The URL at which the SAML assertion should be received. If not provided, defaults to the OmniAuth callback URL (typically http://example.com/auth/saml/callback). Optional.

  • :issuer - The name of your application. Some identity providers might need this to establish the identity of the service provider requesting the login. Required.

  • :idp_sso_target_url - The URL to which the authentication request should be sent. This would be on the identity provider. Required.

  • :idp_slo_target_url - The URL to which the single logout request and response should be sent. This would be on the identity provider. Optional.

  • :slo_default_relay_state - The value to use as default RelayState for single log outs. The value can be a string, or a Proc (or other object responding to call). The request instance will be passed to this callable if it has an arity of 1. If the value is a string, the string will be returned, when the RelayState is called. Optional.

  • :idp_sso_target_url_runtime_params - A dynamic mapping of request params that exist during the request phase of OmniAuth that should to be sent to the IdP after a specific mapping. So for example, a param original_request_param with value original_param_value, could be sent to the IdP on the login request as mapped_idp_param with value original_param_value. Optional.

  • :idp_cert - The identity provider's certificate in PEM format. Takes precedence over the fingerprint option below. This option or :idp_cert_fingerprint or :idp_cert_fingerprint_validator must be present.

  • :idp_cert_fingerprint - The SHA1 fingerprint of the certificate, e.g. "90:CC:16:F0:8D:...". This is provided from the identity provider when setting up the relationship. This option or :idp_cert or :idp_cert_fingerprint_validator MUST be present.

  • :idp_cert_fingerprint_validator - A lambda that MUST accept one parameter (the fingerprint), verify if it is valid and return it if successful. This option or :idp_cert or :idp_cert_fingerprint MUST be present.

  • :name_identifier_format - Used during SP-initiated SSO. Describes the format of the username required by this application. If you need the email address, use "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress". See http://docs.oasis-open.org/security/saml/v2.0/saml-core-2.0-os.pdf section 8.3 for other options. Note that the identity provider might not support all options. If not specified, the IdP is free to choose the name identifier format used in the response. Optional.

  • :request_attributes - Used to build the metadata file to inform the IdP to send certain attributes along with the SAMLResponse messages. Defaults to requesting name, first_name, last_name and email attributes. See the OneLogin::RubySaml::AttributeService class in the Ruby SAML gem for the available options for each attribute. Set to {} to disable this from metadata.

  • :attribute_service_name - Name for the attribute service. Defaults to Required attributes.

  • :attribute_statements - Used to map Attribute Names in a SAMLResponse to entries in the OmniAuth info hash. For example, if your SAMLResponse contains an Attribute called 'EmailAddress', specify {:email => ['EmailAddress']} to map the Attribute to the corresponding key in the info hash. URI-named Attributes are also supported, e.g. {:email => ['http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/emailaddress']}. Note: All attributes can also be found in an array under auth_hash[:extra][:raw_info], so this setting should only be used to map attributes that are part of the OmniAuth info hash schema.

  • :uid_attribute - Attribute that uniquely identifies the user. If unset, the name identifier returned by the IdP is used.

  • See the OneLogin::RubySaml::Settings class in the Ruby SAML gem for additional supported options.

Devise Integration

Straightforward integration with Devise, the widely-used authentication solution for Rails.

In config/initializers/devise.rb:

Devise.setup do |config|
  config.omniauth :saml,
    idp_cert_fingerprint: 'fingerprint',
    idp_sso_target_url: 'target_url'

Then follow Devise's general OmniAuth tutorial, replacing references to facebook with saml.

Single Logout

Single Logout can be Service Provider initiated or Identity Provider initiated. When using Devise as an authentication solution, the SP initiated flow can be integrated in the SessionsController#destroy action.

For this to work it is important to preserve the saml_uid value before Devise clears the session and redirect to the /spslo sub-path to initiate the single logout.

Example destroy action in sessions_controller.rb:

class SessionsController < Devise::SessionsController
  # ...

  def destroy
    # Preserve the saml_uid in the session
    saml_uid = session["saml_uid"]
    super do
      session["saml_uid"] = saml_uid
      if SAML_SETTINGS.idp_slo_target_url
        spslo_url = user_omniauth_authorize_url(:saml) + "/spslo"


Authored by Rajiv Aaron Manglani, Raecoo Cao, Todd W Saxton, Ryan Wilcox, Steven Anderson, Nikos Dimitrakopoulos, Rudolf Vriend and Bruno Pedro.