[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Help: Does ASpace support Okta/SSO/SAML?

Peter Heiner ph448 at cam.ac.uk
Mon Mar 14 11:40:04 EDT 2022

Cambridge University Libraries use the aspace-oauth plugin with the SAML

We chose SAML over LDAP because our directory doesn't allow anonymous binds
and ArchivesSpace requires a separate bind DN which I was not too keen on
having. SAML was not particularly easy to set up, we've seen some quirks like
it not being able to use our IdP's metadata autoconfiguration and us having to
add config items that would be available from said metadata, but it can be
made to work with some trial and error. 

The separate login link in the header that aspace-oauth creates felt pretty
clunky, so we have also modified the main app page in our local plugin to take
the user directly to the SSO login page unless a specific URL parameter is

Sadly, only the database is supported for authorisation, none of those
fancy-schmancy SAML attributes or Oauth2 claim shenanigans from the early 21st


Jerry Boggio wrote on 2022-03-14 14:45:01:
> Resubmitting as it appears my original question was kicked back.
> Gerard (Jerry) Boggio | MITRE Corporation | R124 - Collaboration & Info Management | 781-271-2719
> From: Jerry Boggio <gboggio at mitre.org>
> Sent: Monday, March 14, 2022 10:28 AM
> To: archivesspace_users_group-request at lyralists.lyrasis.org
> Subject: Help: Does ASpace support Okta/SSO/SAML?
> Hi Everyone;
> Could someone please tell us if ArchivesSpace supports Okta, SSO (Single Sign On), and/or SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language)? Are there other security packages supported other than storing logon ID and password in the MySQL database? If so, could you please pass on documentation?
> Thank you!
> Gerard (Jerry) Boggio | MITRE Corporation | R124 - Collaboration & Info Management | 781-271-2719

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