The following instructions are meant to get you going as quickly as possible. If you want a better understanding of what's going on, go to the "More Details" sections of this document.

Configuration Directories

In summary, the directories containing configuration files which need to be modified are:

/opt/shrine/tomcat/conf/ ← Tomcat configuration files

/opt/shrine/tomcat/lib/ ← Shrine config files

/etc/shibboleth/ ← Shibboleth configuration files

/etc/httpd/** ← Apache configuration files

/var/www/html/ ← Apache static content as set in, for instance, /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Configuration files to create from scratch or to import

Location on SPDescription
key pair



If the Shibboleth installer has not already done so, create a key pair; include the content of the public key certificate (sp-cert.pem) in sp-metadata.xml (see below), and the paths of the key and certificate as xml attributes of the <CredentialResolver> element of shibboleth2.xml (see below)

To create a key pair, use /etc/shibboleth/; as per and also

You don't need to create separate key pairs for signing and for encryption.

idp-metadata.xml/etc/shibboleth/idp-metadata.xmlA copy of your idP's metadata. You'll need to ask the admin(s) of your idP for a copy of it, most likely over a secure channel. Rename it to idp-metadata.xml and put it in /etc/shibboleth

Configuration files based on samples in Git

Sample configuration files can be found in the nightly shrine-setup zip file located at

  • sso/apache/sp.conf-sample
  • sso/apache/sp-metadata.xml-sample
  • sso/shibboleth/attribute-map.xml-sample
  • sso/shibboleth/shibboleth2.xml-sample
  • sso/tomcat/server.xml-sample
  • sso/shrine/shrine.conf-sample
  • sso/shrine/override.conf-sample

Copy these files to the location on the SP (i.e. your server) indicated in the table below. Remove the "-sample" from the file names. Overwrite the existing config files.

Then search for the marker: 'ADJUST_FOR_YOUR_SITE' in each of these files for indications of what / where you need to edit them.

Location in zip fileLocation on SPDescription


– as long as your Apache configuration sets DocumentRoot to /var/www/html (for instance in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

To be shared dynamically with your site's IdP (i.e. make it available as a document at the document root and share that URL with your IdP's maintainers/admins); or omit from the SP's (i.e. your) web server, and instead share it securely with the IdP admins whenever it changes (if it does)

In either case, populate the entityID, public key certificate, and consumer service location with yours.


Populate the entityID attribute in <ApplicationDefaults> to match your entityID in sp-metadata.xml.

Populate the entityID attribute in <SSO> to match the idP's entityID in idp-metadata.xml

Populate the supportContact attribute of the <Errors> element with an email address.

The <CredentialResolver> element specifies the private+public key to use for encryption and signing while communicating with the idP. If you put the keys in the location specified above and the private key is not password-protected, then there is no need to modify this element. Otherwise edit this file to reflect the location of the keys and optionally the private key password.

The private key should be stored in a "safe" location. If it is password-protected, that should be reflected in the <CredentialResolver>'s password attribute.

sso/shibboleth/attribute-map.xml-sample/etc/shibboleth/attribute-map.xml Populate the idP's attribute name for the user; to be mapped to the attribute id "userId"

Populate the ServerName, ProxyPass and Header set Access-Control-Allow-Origin directives with your hostname.


Most likely the following 3 attributes of <Connector port="6443"... /> are already populated, but if not then populate certificateKeystoreFile, certificateKeystorePassword, certificateKeyAlias.

You will need to populate proxyName in the AjpNio2Protocol connector.

Once done, Merge the contents  of server.xml-sample into the existing /opt/shrine/tomcat/conf/server.xml.







Set Shrine configuration options for using SSO for login/logout.

In override.conf it would look like:

  • Specify that we are using SSO: shrine.queryEntryPoint.authenticationType = "sso"
  • Specify the logout URL (shrine.webclient.ssoLogoutUrl) = (see override.conf-sample)
  • Specify Shrine's session timeout as such: shrine.webclient.sessionTimeout = "30 minutes".

You should use either file and merge it into the existing shrine.conf or override.conf in /opt/shrine/tomcat/lib

Next Steps:

Fast forward to SHRINE 4.1.0 Appendix A.9 - Starting and Stopping the Software


Read the "More Details" pages that follow, starting with SHRINE 4.1.0 Appendix A.3 - More Details : Shibboleth Configuration

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