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This app provides a simple Identity Provider (IdP) to test SAML 2.0 Service Providers (SPs) with the SAML 2.0 Web Browser SSO Profile.

This sample is not intended for use with production systems!

Docker Installation and Startup

  1. docker-compose build
  2. docker-compose up

Simply modify Dockerfile to specify your own parameters.

Manual Installation

  1. npm install
  2. bower install
  3. openssl req -x509 -new -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -subj '/C=US/ST=California/L=San Francisco/O=JankyCo/CN=Test Identity Provider' -keyout idp-private-key.pem -out idp-public-cert.pem -days 7300

Bower, a front-end package manager, can be installed with npm install -g bower


node app.js --acs {POST URL} --aud {audience}

Open http://localhost:7000 in your browser to start an IdP initiated flow to your SP


node app.js --acs --aud


Most parameters can be defined with the following command-line arguments:

  --port, -p                        Web Server Listener Port                                                                             [required]  [default: 7000]
  --issuer, --iss                   IdP Issuer URI                                                                                       [required]  [default: "urn:example:idp"]
  --acsUrl, --acs                   SP Assertion Consumer URL                                                                            [required]
  --audience, --aud                 SP Audience URI                                                                                      [required]
  --relayState, --rs                Default SAML RelayState for SAMLResponse
  --disableRequestAcsUrl, --static  Disables ability for SP AuthnRequest to specify Assertion Consumer URL                               [default: false]
  --encryptionCert, --encCert       SP Certificate (pem) for Assertion Encryption
  --encryptionPublicKey, --encKey   SP RSA Public Key (pem) for Assertion Encryption (e.g. openssl x509 -pubkey -noout -in sp-cert.pem)
  --httpsPrivateKey                 Web Server TLS/SSL Private Key (pem)
  --httpsCert                       Web Server TLS/SSL Certificate (pem)
  --https                           Enables HTTPS Listener (requires httpsPrivateKey and httpsCert)                                      [required]  [default: false]

IdP SAML Settings


The default IdP issuer is urn:example:idp. You can change this with the --iss argument.


Both SSO POST and Redirect bindings are available on the same endpoint which by default is http://localhost:7000

Binding URL
HTTP-Redirect http://localhost:port
HTTP-POST http://localhost:port

http://localhost:port/idp will also work if your SP has weird URL validation rules

Signing Certificate

You must generate a self-signed certificate for the IdP.

openssl req -x509 -new -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -subj '/C=US/ST=California/L=San Francisco/O=JankyCo/CN=Test Identity Provider' -keyout idp-private-key.pem -out idp-public-cert.pem -days 7300

SAML Metadata

IdP SAML metadata is available on http://localhost:port/metadata

Assertion Attributes

The IdP mints the user's profile as a SAML Assertion Attribute Statement using the metadata property in config.js. Profile properties that match a metadata entry id property will be generated as a SAML Attribute with the same name. The IdP UI will automatically render an input for each entry defined via a metadata entry in config.js with a default value from the matching profile property.

Profile Property

  "email": ""

Metadata Entry

  "id": "email",
  "optional": false,
  "displayName": "E-Mail Address",
  "description": "The e-mail address of the user",
  "multiValue": false

SAML Assertion Attribute Statement

<saml:Attribute Name="email"><saml:AttributeValue xsi:type="xs:anyType"></saml:AttributeValue>

Default Attributes

The default profile mappings are defined in config.js as:

Profile Property SAML Attribute Name
userName Subject NameID
nameIdFormat Subject NameID Format
nameIdNameQualifier Subject NameID Name Qualifer
nameIdSPNameQualifier Subject NameID SP Name Qualifer
nameIdSPProvidedID Subject NameID SP ProvidedID
firstName firstName
lastName lastName
displayName displayName
email email
mobilePhone mobilePhone
groups groups

SAML attribute mappings currently default to Okta (Inbound SAML)

Custom Attributes

New attributes can be defined at runtime in the IdP UI or statically by modifying the profile and metadata objects in config.js.

  1. Add metadata entry for your new attributes. The id property must be the name of the SAML Attribute

      "id": "customAttribute",
      "optional": false,
      "displayName": "Custom Attribute",
      "description": "My custom attribute",
      "multiValue": false
  2. Optionally add a default profile attribute value that will be used on startup

Assertion Encryption

Encrypted assertions require both a certificate and public key from the target service provider in the PEM format (base64 encoding of .der, .cer, .cert, .crt). You can convert certificate formats with openssl


openssl x509 -inform der -in to-convert.der -out converted.pem

The following formats or extensions should be convertible to the pem format: .der, .cer, .cert, `.crt

PEM Certificate to Public Key

PEM files that contain the header -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE----- can also be converted to just the public key which is a file with just the -----BEGIN PUBLIC KEY----- header

openssl x509 -pubkey -noout -in cert.pem > pub.key

Passing key/cert pairs from environment variables

Key/cert pairs can also be passed from environment variables.

node app.js --acs {POST URL} --aud {audience} --cert="$SAML_CERT" --key="$SAML_KEY"