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—- plugin —-
Description: This plugin provides Single Sign-on, `SSO` for `phpList` via the [`SIMPLESAMLPHP`](
author : Fon E. Noel Nfebe <>
type :
compatible : phpList 3.6.8 and above, PHP 7.4 and above
depends :
conflicts :
similar :
tags : authentication

Source Repository : [](

# Installation

### Plugin download

To easiest way to setup this plugin is through the plugins page (menu Config > Manage plugins) using the package URL

The plugin may be enabled at this point or after the `SimpleSAMLPHP` config described below.

### SimpleSAMLPHP Installation

This plugin requires an installation of [`SIMPLESAMLPHP`]( to work. So the puglin comes with a ready to use build of `SIMPLESAMLPHP`. However, it is required that the server on which the `phpList` instance is running is configured to point to the `simplesamlphp` folder that comes in the plugin.

Essentially, `your-phplist-domain.ext/simplesamlphp` should point to the folder in `main/simplesaml/simplesamlphp` of the extension or a copy of it on your server.

*Advanced User: See [simplesaml config section]( in the read me for more detailed information*

### SimpleSAMLPHP Custom Configuration

By default, this plugin is configured to work with the `phpList`'s `Keyclaok` server. If you wish to change the identity provider, more configuration would be required. As described below.

In `main/simplesaml/simplesamlphp/config/authsources.php` the following parameters have to be set:

* entityID: The entityID is essentially the client ID which is specified in Keycloak or IDP
* idp: The IDP is the identifier for the IdP (Keycloak) which simplesaml would connect to.
* RelayState: The RelayState specifies where simplesamlphp should redirect to after a successful authentication. Basically it's like a callback url. This should simply be the URL from which the authentication started. Hence, a 'redirect back'.
* NameIDPolicy: The IdP is expected to return a NameID every successful auth session, this name ID is what identifies the user. Depending on the IdP this NameID might change every session. That makes it impossible to tract the user across session. So we have to said the NameIDPolicy to persistent essentially telling the IdP to send the same NameID all the time for the same user.

- In `main/simplesaml/simplesamlphp/config/config.php` the following parameters have to be set:

* `baseurlpath`: The `baseurlpath` refers to the base url the running `SimpleSAML` configuration. Depending on where simplesaml was installed, it could be a separate domain such as `` or a path like ``.

_NB: The baseurlpath (which is essentially the simplesamlphp installation URI) is where the IdP returns the SAML response after a successful login. The SAML request would then be parsed and simplesamlphp would redirect back to the phplist url that sent the request or the one set via the `RelayState` property in the config array of `authsources.php`_ within the config dir.

For more information about the custom configuration see [Readme config section](

#### Installation for advanced users (git & terminal)

See the README file on the GitHub page [](

## Plugin Activation

It is recommended to only enable the plugin only after the `SIMPLESAMLPHP` configs are set in the various configuration files described above and or in the [README](

## Important Checks

### `SimpleSAMLPHP` Installation check
You should verify that `` for example `` loads the `simplesamlphp` files correctly and that `` loads the `simplesamlphp` UI like the one shown below.

![enter image description here](

### Testing
#### Activation

After cloning the plugin in your plugin directory, you should login normally using your admin credentials and activate the plugin from the plugin management tab.

#### Identity Provider Redirect

Once the plugin is activated, if you logout the plugin should automatically redirect you the the Identity provider.

![Keycloak View](

# Support
Report any issues or questions in the support forum [](”)