OpenID Connect Relying Party and OAuth 2.0 Resource Server for Apache HTTP Server 2.x
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mod_auth_openidc is an authentication/authorization module for the Apache 2.x HTTP server that authenticates users against an OpenID Connect Provider. It can also function as an OAuth 2.0 Resource Server, validating access tokens presented by OAuth 2.0 clients against an OAuth 2.0 Authorization Server.


This module enables an Apache 2.x web server to operate as an OpenID Connect Relying Party (RP) to an OpenID Connect Provider (OP). It authenticates users against an OpenID Connect Provider, receives user identity information from the OP in a so called ID Token and passes the identity information (a.k.a. claims) in the ID Token to applications hosted and protected by the Apache web server.

It can also be configured as an OAuth 2.0 Resource Server, consuming bearer access tokens and introspecting/validating them against a token introspection endpoint of an OAuth 2.0 Authorization Server, authorizing clients based on the introspection results.

The protected content and/or applications can be served by the Apache server itself or it can be served from elsewhere when Apache is configured as a reverse proxy in front of the origin server(s).

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 together with those (optionally) obtained from the UserInfo endpoint.

It allows for authorization rules (based on standard Apache Require primitives) that can be matched against the set of claims provided in the id_token/ userinfo claims.

This module supports all defined OpenID Connect flows, including Basic Client Profile, Implicit Client Profile, Hybrid Flows and the Refresh Flow. It supports connecting to multiple OpenID Connect Providers through reading/writing provider metadata files in a specified metadata directory.

It supports OpenID Connect Dynamic Client Registration, OpenID Provider Discovery through domain or account names and OAuth 2.0 Form Post Response Mode. It also supports OpenID Connect Session Management. See the Wiki for information on how to configure it.

Additionally it can operate as an OAuth 2.0 Resource Server to an OAuth 2.0 Authorization Server, introspecting/validating bearer Access Tokens conforming to OAuth Token Introspection or similar. The REMOTE_USER variable setting, passing claims in HTTP headers and authorization based on Require primitives works in the same way as described for OpenID Connect above. See the Wiki for information on how to configure it.

For an exhaustive description of all configuration options, see the file auth_openidc.conf in this directory. This file can also serve as an include file for httpd.conf.

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>

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.

Access Control with Google OAuth 2.0

Sample configuration where mod_auth_openidc acts as an OAuth 2.0 Resource Server using Google as the Authorization Server. This allows us to expose protected resources only to (non-browser/in-browser/native) clients that are able to present a valid access token obtained from Google. mod_auth_openidc will validate the access_token against Google's token info endpoint and use the claims returned in the response for authorization purposes. The following configuration allows access only to a specific client:

OIDCOAuthIntrospectionTokenParamName access_token
OIDCOAuthRemoteUserClaim user_id

<Location /example/api/v2/>
    Authtype oauth20
    Require claim

Note that this is not an OpenID Connect SSO scenario where users are authenticated but rather a "pure" OAuth 2.0 scenario where mod_auth_openidc is the OAuth 2.0 Resource Server instead of the RP/client. How the actual client accessing the protected resources got its access token is not relevant to this Apache Resource Server setup.

OpenID Connect SSO with multiple OpenID Connect Providers

Sample configuration for multiple OpenID Connect providers, which triggers OpenID Connect Discovery first to find the user's OP.

OIDCMetadataDir points to a directory that contains files that contain per-provider configuration data. For each provider, there are 3 types of files in the directory:

  1. <urlencoded-issuer-value-with-https-prefix-and-trailing-slash-stripped>.provider
    contains (standardized) OpenID Connect Discovery OP JSON metadata where each name of the file is the url-encoded issuer name of the OP that is described by the metadata in that file.

  2. <urlencoded-issuer-value-with-https-prefix-and-trailing-slash-stripped>.client
    contains statically configured or dynamically registered Dynamic Client Registration specific JSON metadata (based on the OpenID Connect Client Registration specification) and the filename is the url-encoded issuer name of the OP that this client is registered with. Sample client metadata for issuer https://localhost:9031, so the client metadata filename is localhost%3A9031.client:

        "client_id" : "ac_oic_client",
        "client_secret" : "abc123DEFghijklmnop4567rstuvwxyzZYXWUT8910SRQPOnmlijhoauthplaygroundapplication"
  3. <urlencoded-issuer-value-with-https-prefix-and-trailing-slash-stripped>.conf
    contains mod_auth_openidc specific custom JSON metadata that can be used to overrule some of the settings defined in auth_openidc.conf on a per-client basis. The filename is the URL-encoded issuer name of the OP that this client is registered with.

Entries that can be included in the .conf file are:

"ssl_validate_server"                overrides OIDCSSLValidateServer (value 0 or 1...)
"scope"                              overrides OIDCScope 
"response_type"                      overrides OIDCResponseType 
"response_mode"                      overrides OIDCResponseMode 
"pkce_method"                        overrides OIDCPKCEMethod
"client_name"                        overrides OIDCClientName 
"client_contact"                     overrides OIDCClientContact 
"idtoken_iat_slack"                  overrides OIDCIDTokenIatSlack
"session_max_duration"               overrides OIDCSessionMaxDuration
"jwks_refresh_interval"              overrides OIDCJWKSRefreshInterval
"client_jwks_uri"                    overrides OIDCClientJwksUri
"id_token_signed_response_alg"       overrides OIDCIDTokenSignedResponseAlg
"id_token_encrypted_response_alg"    overrides OIDCIDTokenEncryptedResponseAlg
"id_token_encrypted_response_enc"    overrides OIDCIDTokenEncryptedResponseEnc
"userinfo_signed_response_alg"       overrides OIDCUserInfoSignedResponseAlg
"userinfo_encrypted_response_alg"    overrides OIDCUserInfoEncryptedResponseAlg
"userinfo_encrypted_response_enc"    overrides OIDCUserInfoEncryptedResponseEnc
"auth_request_params"                overrides OIDCAuthRequestParams
"token_endpoint_params"              overrides OIDCProviderTokenEndpointParams
"token_endpoint_auth"                overrides OIDCProviderTokenEndpointAuth
"registration_endpoint_json"         overrides OIDCProviderRegistrationEndpointJson
"userinfo_refresh_interval"          overrides OIDCUserInfoRefreshInterval
"userinfo_token_method"              overrides OIDCUserInfoTokenMethod
"request_object"                     overrides OIDCRequestObject
"registration_token"                 an access_token that will be used on client registration calls for the associated OP

Sample client metadata for issuer https://localhost:9031, so the mod_auth_openidc configuration filename is localhost%3A9031.conf:

    "ssl_validate_server" : 0,
    "scope" : "openid email profile"

And the related mod_auth_openidc Apache config section:

OIDCMetadataDir <somewhere-writable-for-the-apache-process>/metadata

OIDCCryptoPassphrase <password>

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

If you do not want to use the internal discovery page (you really shouldn't...), you can have the user being redirected to an external discovery page by setting OIDCDiscoverURL. That URL will be accessed with a number parameters: oidc_callback, target_link_uri, method and x_csrf. All parameters (except oidc_callback) need to be returned to the oidc_callback URL together with an iss parameter that contains the URL-encoded issuer value of the selected Provider, or a URL-encoded account name for OpenID Connect Discovery purposes (aka. e-mail style identifier), or a domain name.

Sample callback:


This is also the OpenID Connect specified way of triggering 3rd party initiated SSO to a specific provider when multiple OPs have been configured. In that case the callback may also contain a "login_hint" parameter with the login identifier the user might use to log in.

An additional mod_auth_openidc specific parameter named auth_request_params may also be passed in, see the Wiki for its usage.

OpenID Connect SSO & OAuth 2.0 Access Control with PingFederate

Another example config for using PingFederate as your OpenID Connect OP and/or OAuth 2.0 Authorization server, based on the OAuth 2.0 PlayGround 3.x default configuration and doing claims-based authorization. (running on localhost and https://localhost/example/redirect_uri/ registered as redirect_uri for the client ac_oic_client)

OIDCProviderMetadataURL https://macbook:9031/.well-known/openid-configuration

OIDCSSLValidateServer Off
OIDCClientID ac_oic_client
OIDCClientSecret abc123DEFghijklmnop4567rstuvwxyzZYXWUT8910SRQPOnmlijhoauthplaygroundapplication

OIDCRedirectURI https://localhost/example/redirect_uri/
OIDCCryptoPassphrase <password>
OIDCScope "openid email profile"

OIDCOAuthIntrospectionEndpoint https://macbook:9031/as/token.oauth2
OIDCOAuthIntrospectionEndpointAuth client_secret_basic
OIDCOAuthRemoteUserClaim Username

OIDCOAuthSSLValidateServer Off
OIDCOAuthClientID rs_client
OIDCOAuthClientSecret 2Federate

<Location /example/>
   AuthType openid-connect
   #Require valid-user
   Require claim sub:joe

<Location /example-api>
   AuthType oauth20
   #Require valid-user
   Require claim Username:joe
   #Require claim scope~\bprofile\b


See the Wiki pages with Frequently Asked Questions at:
There is a Google Group/mailing list at:
The corresponding forum/archive is at:!forum/mod_auth_openidc


This software is open sourced by Ping Identity but not supported commercially as such. Any questions/issues should go to the mailing list, the Github issues tracker or the author directly See also the DISCLAIMER file in this directory.