Current release

Release date: 4 May 2017

Notable bug fixes:



Previous releases

Release date: 20 April 2017

Notable changes and enhancements:

Notable bug fixes:

Release date: 14 February 2017

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements:

Release date: 7 February 2017

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements:

Release date: 15 December 2016

New features:

FeatureAvailable toNotes
Any resources with an access URL can now work with the IP bypass function of the redirectorAllAllows more resources to be used with bypass zones. See: Redirector IP bypass zones
Resources can be configured to skip the IP bypass functionAllFor resources that do not support IP auth and OpenAthens access at the same time they can be set to ignore any IP bypass zones you have set up.
Custom attributes can now be deletedAllSee: Schema editor

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements:

Release date: 16 November 2016

New features:

FeatureAvailable toNotes
Releasable attributes can be aliasedAllAllows attributes to be released under different names without having to duplicate data. See Attribute release
Local directory connections that map to sub-organisaitons now have the same permission set and suspend rule options as unmapped connectionsLocal directory usersSee: Organisation mapping
All core attributes are now available on the release policy page for release or aliasingAllYou can now release fields such as title and telephone should you wish

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements:

Release date: 6 October 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 4 October 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 13 September 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 23 August 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 17 August 2016

Major new features

FeatureAvailable toNotes
Improved search function - speed and flexibilityAll

Search results are now almost instant for even the largest domains.In-field operators are now available.

See: About search

Maximum number of accounts that can be downloaded in one go has been increasedAllThe search improvements have meant the limit can be increased from ~20k to 70k
Improvements to groupsAll

New group management page

Search results can be filtered by group and have a new action available to allocate groups

Redirector improvements for customers in the UK Access Management federationUK federation membersA default federation can be set for situations where there would be differences in entityIDs or access URLs between the federations.


Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 13 July 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 15th June 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 24 May 2016

Major new features

FeatureAvailable toNotes
Ability to map end-users to sub-organisations when using a Local Authentication connector.LDI Enabled customers

Allows users to be visible to their organisation administrators rather than just to the domain administrator.

Where organisations have different identifiers for separate resource subscriptions, users present those identifiers on resource access.

Ability to specify a URL to direct end-users to after signing out.All customersA domain level setting bypasses the standard OpenAthens sign-out page and directs users to any suitable page
Ability to upload images to be used in MyAthens panels has been removed.All customersImages used in MyAthens panels must now be linked from an https source.

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 5 April 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 31 March 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 23 March 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 18 March 2016

Release date: 17 March 2016

Release date: 17 March 2016

Major new features

FeatureAvailable toNotes
Ability for customers who use OpenAthens DA to migrate to LDAP, ADFS or the new LA API connection and optionally maintain user personalisation of resourcesDA Users

If you wish to migrate from your DA connection and still keep personalisation please contact your Account Manager in the first instance.

Ability for customers who use old-style SAML connections to migrate to the new connections which will allow them to use the new features of the authentication pointSAML customers
Ability for customers who use Local Authentication options can now suspend accounts based on customisable rules.SAML, LDAP, API and LA API customers
Ability for customers to brand parts of their login page if the user has pre-discovered


Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 09 February 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 02 February 2016

Major new features

FeatureAvailable toNotes
Improved account activation process is now available.All

Organisation accounts can now be created which require the account to be activated with a code so the user creating the account doesn't need to specify a password during creation.

The ability to email the organisation password has been removed.

SAML resources that are not within a federation can be added to the resource catalogueCustomers who have been migrated onto the new Authentication point (login.openathens.net)

Custom SAML resources can be added so that users can login using OpenAthens. This allows users to add targets such as GoogleApps, Moodle and many others that support SAML authentication into the resource catalogue.

See: Add and manage custom resources

Support for a redirector knowledgebase for UK federation resourcesMembers of the UK federation

Support for the redirector being used to access UK Federated resources has now been added which will extend the redirector to be usable for all our customers.

See: Getting started with the Redirector

A new API for local authentication with credentials created and managed by the customerCustomers who have been migrated onto the new Authentication point (login.openathens.net)

The local authentication API enables an application to request an OpenAthens session-initiator URL for a local account by making a simple REST call to the authentication API.

See: API connector

Management of API Keys within the Admin AreaAll

No longer need to log a support call with the Service desk to create them.

See: API keys

Customise the SAML Name ID format for specific resourcesCustomers who have been migrated onto the new Authentication point (login.openathens.net)

The attribute release policy features have been extended to allow Domain users to specify what Name ID format should be used when authenticating into a resource.

See: Attribute release

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 10 December 2015

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements


Release date: 8th December 2015

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 27 October 2015

Major new features

The Administration Area and the DSP area are now authenticated using the new Authentication point at login.openathens.net.

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 15 October 2015

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 1 October 2015

Major new features

FeatureAvailable toNotes
RedirectorAllCompatible resources can be deep linked by putting a target URL at the end of a customer specific, consistent link.
Release policy editor
(core attributes)
AllControl which core attributes are released to service providers
Schema editorMostAllows collection and storage of custom attributes in our systems
Not available to users of custom self-registration
New authentication point*Federated usersThose that exclusively use federated resources via the LDAP and ADFS integration can move to using the new authentication point
Release policy editor
(custom attributes)
Federated usersAbility to release custom attributes to service providers as well as core attributes.
Requires new authentication point which is being released on the 6th October.
LDAP integrationFederated users

Use a LDAP server (including Active Directory) instead of creating and managing OpenAthens accounts.

Requires new authentication point which is being released on the 6th October.

ADFS integrationFederated users

Use Active Directory Federation Server instead of creating and managing OpenAthens accounts.

Requires new authentication point which is being released on the 6th October.

* At this time the new authentication point is enabled to authenticate with federated resources. The features that depend on the new authentication point will be made available to other users in later releases.

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: Thursday 11 December 2014

New features

Bug fixes

Release date: Friday 28 November 2014

Withdrawn features

This affects