Single Sign on
Single Sign On¶
There are a lot of technical considerations when configuring a particular SSO provider. A good starting point is the django-allauth documentation
The basic requirements for configuring SSO are outlined below:
- Enable the required providers in the config file.
- Create an external app with your provider of choice
- Add the required client configurations in the
SocialAppapp in the admin interface.
- Configure the callback URL for the external app.
- Enable SSO for the users in the global settings.
- Configure e-mail.
The first step is to ensure that the required provider modules are installed, via your installation configuration file.
There are two variables in the configuration file which define the operation of SSO:
||A list of provider backends enabled for the InvenTree instance||django-allauth docs|
||A dict of settings specific to the installed providers||provider documentation|
In the example below, SSO provider modules are activated for google, github and microsoft. Specific configuration options are specified for the microsoft provider module:
Provider Module Format
Note that the provider modules specified in
social_backends must be prefixed with
As the configuration file is only read when the server is launched, ensure you restart the server after editing the file.
Create Provider App¶
The next step is to create an external authentication app with your provider of choice. This step is wholly separate to your InvenTree installation, and must be performed before continuing further.
Read the Documentation
The django-allauth documentation is a good starting point here. There are also a number of good tutorials online (at least for the major supported SSO providers).
In general, the external app will generate a key and secret pair - although different terminology may be used, depending on the provider.
Add Client Configurations¶
Once your external SSO app has been created, you need to create a new SocialAccount client configuration (via the InvenTree admin interface).
Create Social Application¶
In the admin interface, select Add Social Application
Configure Social Application¶
Configure the social application entry with the app details:
- Select the provider type as required
- Provide a name for the application (note that this should match the name used for any custom settings provided in the configuration file)
- Add client and secret data for your external SSO app
- Add the site which you want to provide access for this SSO app
- Save the new application entry when configuration is finished
You must assign the new application to at least one available site domain
Fix Your Mistakes
You can always return to edit or adjust the social application details later
To provide support for multiple SSO applications, simply repeat this process and create another social application entry
Configure Callback URL¶
The external SSO application must be provided with a callback URL - a URL by which it can communicate with the InvenTree server. The specific name that the external SSO application uses for this callback URL may vary, with some authentication applications referring to it with other names such as reply or redirect.
In any case, the URL is is specific to your installation and the SSO provider. The general pattern for this URL is:
Works for Local Installs
Your server does not need to be "public facing" for this to work. For example the URL
http://localhost:1234/accounts/github/login/callback/ would be perfectly valid!
If your InvenTree server is running behind a proxy, you will need to ensure that the "public facing" host address matches the internal host address of the server, and that this host address also matches the configured callback URL
Enable SSO Settings¶
Now that the social application is created, you need to enable SSO authentication for the InvenTree server.
In the settings screen, navigate to the Login Settings panel. Here you will see the required configuration options to enable SSO:
|Enable SSO||Enable this option to allow single sign on for user login|
|Enable SSO registration||Allow users to self-register with SSO|
|Auto-fill SSO users||Automatically fill out user account data with information provided by external SSO app|
|Allowed domains||Optionally restrict signup to certain domains|
Note that email settings must be correctly configured before SSO will be activated. Ensure that your email setup is correctly configured and operational.
You should use SSL for your website if you want to use this feature. Also set your callback-endpoints to
https:// addresses to reduce the risk of leaking user's tokens.
Tokens for authenticating the users to the providers they registered with are saved in the database. So ensure your database is protected and not open to the internet.
Make sure all users with admin privileges have sufficient passwords - they can read out your client configurations with providers and all auth-tokens from users.
It's a secret!
Never share the secret key associated with your InvenTree install!