When you are connecting to an application that is not part of a federation, such as a custom SAML resource, you may need to supply that application with your metadata address. Metadata is available for both SAML 2 and the older SAML 1.1 standards. Where there is a choice, SAML 2 is the one to select.

You will need to know your OpenAthens domain name. This is usually the same as the scope registered against your domain organisation as seen on the organisation summary.

Metadata address:

https://login.openathens.net/saml/2/metadata-idp/DOMAIN

E.g. if your OpenAthens domain is institution.ac.uk, your metadata address will be:

https://login.openathens.net/saml/2/metadata-idp/institution.ac.uk


If you have sub-organisations that have different entityIDs you may need to access their metadata - e.g. if setting up a custom SAML resource that only they will access. The metadata address is essentially the same but with a /o/NUMBER bit added on the end:

https://login.openathens.net/saml/2/metadata-idp/DOMAIN/o/NUMBER 

...where the number at the end is the unique ID shown on their organisation account's permissions tab. If manually specifying endpoints (see below) you would also add the /o/NUMBER part to the end.

Manually specifying connection settings

The metadata address should be sufficient for most SAML targets, however some may instead want you to specify endpoints, certificates and other data manually instead. If they do:

Endpoints / SSO address:

You can copy these from the metadata, but they will look like this:

https://login.openathens.net/saml/2/sso/DOMAIN

Certificate

This will be the x509 certificate in the metadata, topped and tailed as follows. This is sometimes called PEM format.

-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
Hi7cUUpCAqagAwIBAgIEVOxCIjANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQsFADCBoDEoMCYGCSqGSIb3DQEJARYZYXRo
ZW5zaGVscEBlZHVzZXJ2Lm9yZy51azELMAkGA1UEBhMCR0IxETAPBgNVBAgMCFNvbWVyc2V0MQ0w
CwYDVQQHDARCYXRoMRAwDgYDVQQKDAdFZHVzZXJ2MRMwEQYDVQQLDApPcGVuQXRoZW5zMR4wHAYD
VQQDDBVnYXRld2F5LmF0aGVuc2Ftcy5uZXQwHhcNMTUwMjI0MDkyMDA2WhcNMjUwMjI0MDkyMDA2 
WjCBoDEoMCYGCSqGSIb3DQEJARYZYXRoZW5zaGVscEBlZHVzZXJ2Lm9yZy51azELMAkGA1UEBhMC
R0IxETAPBgNVBAgMCFNvbWVyc2V0MQ0wCwYDVQQHDARCYXRoMRAwDgYDVQQKDAdFZHVzZXJ2MRMw 
EQYDVQQLDApPcGVuaXRoZW5zMR4wHAYDVQQDDBVnYXRld2F5LmF0aGVuc2Ftcy5uZXQwggEiMA0G 
CSqGSIb3DQEBAQUAn4IBDwAwggEKAoIBAQCandpa4o0Njtw1DqbrrNTfOVe1PqyXIIVmDrJ6VUR/ 
mokXXu+m5Gm+1f+3ayN5IA2YMn9Z8Yo37JQjIHs+xVS3q4nT1ewS7S3en1pdXKsH1WnUnVWUmpl9 
WJZrUwi5i8X80LNyd7PmudhuKNEATGUXkA/xWCkk2d8jf91hy7Qu+HA8LOKtdbbNigErh2IY/YuN 
WUVUqgGbMH5BGr7ZahPrz+Vwcf9lhPW+tKpKpZEzJfQiq8EoPaeMXEpKWBEErm67gkWFCA5VhfcJ 
LqFjQEC3pWOxt5rZRS8gl/Z33VSJZVzY5jWcQzmGaLXPHXyiKPmixl6+DjGlUM0ylNF7GvtDAgMB 
AAEwDQYJKoZIhvcNuQELBQADggEBAFhmhujLZueiJ6F7mQCpfB0Hj4Y8FyFUUc8NMAt5Set7H4DK 
SSl4shcqisZBa5yTlyenYwkmBszvCWs6Yeep+zJmCR62cb/f1M32oMzLm02OlznWMkE8/IajGmdx 
TnB6Z/XcdMMIiCeoe4kqe5KMd5oRAyNskHYZ+8kzhs2zTveR+rqCtYxa/AYpwf7n0VQR9clBSNCI 
T4BCRi10aPE531VIsl4ljY3CwNoZ4lQTU/0aj8O4j68V2neiQb8lewAii0b2xoyOGYP4okd7T2tl 
4gl2noVbCvYNjd6GYze/w4lgwiemkby7wu5sN1lEudgKDV+H54wU29ZIyDEFM6DDNE4=
-----END CERTIFICATE-----
Issuer / IDP issuer / identifier

Your entityID, e.g. https://idp.institution.ac.uk/openathens

Binding / Binding type / IDP Binding

This should be 'Redirect' rather than 'Post'.