This space contains the old OpenAthens SP documentation and is no longer maintained.
OpenAthens SP software is already out of support and reached end of life in May 2020.

Check out OpenAthens Keystone instead. It's supercool and makes dealing with SAML much easier.


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  • A server running Java


  1. Install OpenAthens software

    1. The recommended method is to use our Maven repository. You can also download the software from Both will use the same OpenAthens administration credentials supplied by our service desk when you registered. Add to

      Add to your settings.xml file


      Depending on your Maven version, the password may need to be encrypted: see


      Add to your pom.xml file


      The id must match your .m2/setting.xml file and be 'eduserv'




  2. Ensure server time will be correct, e.g. via NTP
  3. Create metadata keys
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