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Display name

The name of the connection as it will appear at our authentication point when there is a choice of connector. Defaults to the name specified in the SAML metadata

Metadata URL

Where the SAML metadata is published. Populated only when metadata is loaded from a URL, it allows easy updates to the connection if your SAML system changes.


The entity identifier of your SAML instance, typically http://YOURDOMAIN/oala/metata for OpenAthens LA. Drawn from the SAML metadata.

SSO endpoint

The login address, typically https://YOURDOMAIN/oala/sso. Drawn from the SAML metadata.
DIsplay name attributeThe attribute you specify here supplies the value displayed in account lists and audit. Something human readable is recommended. It does not have to be different from the Unique user attribute.
Unique user attribute

The attribute you specify here must supply a  persistent value unique to the user within the current user set and should supply a pseudonymous value unique to that user for all time. This is used by the system to tell users apart and also used in the generation of targetedIDs and statistics. It does not have to be the username entered at your login point.

If using the SAML NameID here, the requirement for unique and persistent limits the type to:

  • urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:persistent
  • urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress

Not live = connection can only be used in debug mode. The visibility and default flags are ignored.

Live and visible (if this is the only local connection) = connection can only be used in debug mode.

Live and visible (if there are multiple live and visible connections) = users are offered a choice of connections, including this one. There is a domain preference to include OpenAthens accounts or not.

Live & visible & default = This is your only login option and users will be sent directly to your login whenever the organisation is known. A successful authentication will tell the authentication point to remember that location. A failed authentication will clear that setting. Debug mode will not show other login options.

Changes to the status usually take effect within moments.

Create local accounts

Automatically - any user authenticated by your system and passed back to us is deemed ok and will be accepted by the system

Manually - only user IDs you have previously uploaded via the list page will be accepted by our systems

Remove local accounts

Include Page

Salt value

The salt used to generate a targetedID for users authenticated by this connection.

Modifying this after you go live will change the identifiers seen by service providers for your users... which is rarely desirable.


You will need to reference the documentation of your SAML source for how to configure it to "connect to a service provider". There is help available for some of the more popular SAML sources including Azure and Google in our third party apps section.

The OpenAthens metadata to use for this is at the address quoted on the Relying party tab of the connection you set up in OpenAthens - it will look similar to: