LifeRay OpenID Connect plugin to authenticate users using Gluu IdP. [TOC]


The oxAuth LifeRay plugin is used to authenticate and auto-log users from Gluu Server into LifeRay with the same credentials. It is built on top of oxAuth, the OpenID Connect provider by Gluu.

The oxAuth plugin intercepts any attempt to login from anywhere in the LifeRay and redirects the request and the user to an oxAuth server where the identification takes place, actually. If the user has authorized the server to share some of his basic information with the oxAuth plugin, the user will be redirected back to the LifeRay CMS, and logged in, automatically.

The goal of this project is to use the LifeRay CMS as the basis for an organizational personal data store service.

Note: This plugin does not support auto-user creation from information supplied by the oxAuth Plugin. Instead, it can be implemented by extending the plugin.


The plugin is provided in two variants--Maven and Ant. You can either use Maven or the LifeRay plugin SDK to build and deploy this plugin as a standard LifeRay hot deployable WAR file.

Deploying WAR file using Maven

This requires a prerequisite: make sure that you have Maven installed on your system to build this plugin from source.

  1. Checkout the Maven source from the [oxRay Repository][https://github.com/GluuFederation/oxRay/tree/master/6.2.x/maven/gluu-openid-connect-hook].

  2. Open the file pom.xml in gluu-openid-connect-hook, and update your local LifeRay Tomcat bundle path. This is required for building the WAR file and deploying to the LifeRay Tomcat bundle.


  1. Run the following command in the gluu/6.2.x/maven/gluu-openid-connect-hook directory:
mvn clean install package liferay:deploy

This will take a few seconds to download the dependency jar files, and generate the LifeRay-compiled deployable WAR file. It will be placed within your <liferay-bundle-folder>/deploy directory, and the hot deployable process will start.

Using LifeRay Plugin SDK With Ant

This requires a prerequisite: we assume that you have the plugin SDK both installed and configured with LifeRay bundle.

  1. Checkout the gluu-openid-connect-hook plugin source from the repository, and place these files in your local directory for the plugin SDK. Usually, this is liferay-plugins-sdk-6.2.0-ce-ga1/hooks.

  2. Run the following command in the folder liferay-plugins-sdk-6.2.0-ce-ga1/hooks/gluu-openid-connect-hook:

ant clean deploy

Using Binary From Repository

You can also download a compiled binary as a standard LifeRay deployable WAR file from the following location:

oxRay LifeRay Deployable War File

Copy this WAR file in your LifeRay bundle. Usually, this is located at liferay-portal-6.2.0-ce-ga1/deploy.

Once the plugin is deployed as a WAR file either using Maven or Ant, you will see the following success message in your LifeRay Tomcat server:


Client Registration

A LifeRay application needs to be registered with the Authorization server before initiating an authentication request/response with OAuth IdP server.

The following steps are necessary to obtain both a client id and a client secret. These data will be used within the LifeRay portal properties.

  1. Go to the location https://seed.gluu.org/oxauth-rp/home.seam.
  2. You will see the Dynamic Client Registration Section.
  3. Enter the Registration Endpoint uri, for example https://idp.example.org/oxauth/seam/resource/restv1/oxauth/authorize.
    • You can derive this uri from your IdP auto-discovery uri which is like that: https://<Your IDP Server Domain>/.well-known/openid-configuration.
    • You can search for the registration endpoint, and copy that uri here.
  4. Enter the redirect uris as http://localhost:8080/openidconnect/callback:
    • Replace your domain name with localhost:8080
    • This will be your LifeRay handler for logging a user into LifeRay, automatically, when a redirect comes back from the OAuth server.
  5. Select the Response Types: CODE
  6. Select the Application Type: WEB
  7. For development purposes use: NATIVE (if you are testing on a local machine with localhost:8080 domain)
  8. Enter Client Name: LifeRay App (you can choose any name here).
  9. All other options can be left as they are--please see the attached screenshot:


  1. Click Submit, and both the following Registration Request and Registration Response will be displayed:


  1. Save the Registration Response to your local system. The parameters client_id and client_secret are used in LifeRay when configuring portal-ext.properties.

Modifying portal.properties

It is necessary to modify portal-ext.properties file to reflect oxAuth server client credentials and server's URL. It can be accomplished by navigating into the liferay-portal-6.2.0-ce-ga1 folder, where the file portal-ext.properties is stored.

Note: To either activate or deactivate the oxAuth plugin put the value true (to activate) or false (to deactivate), respectively.

  • oxAuth client ID and client secret:
  • OAuth server domain
  • OAuth server auto discovery uri
  • Your OAuth server logout uri (typically, this will be used to logout a user from OAuth when a user logs out from LifeRay)
  • LifeRay server callback uri that will be used as a handling response by the OAuth server after authentication:
  • replace the localhost:8080 with your LifeRay domain name:
 This page will be invoked when the user does not exist in the
 LifeRay database, but gets authenticated from the OAuth Server.
  • Typically, create a LifeRay page with the name /no-such-user-found, or redirect to the LifeRay registration page uri like that:

Restart the LifeRay server after editing the file portal-ext.properties.

Login Using the LifeRay Front End

  • Server Bootup

    • Once the LifeRay server is restarted, open your browser and navigate to the uri http://localhost:8080.
  • Login uri

    • Once the LifeRay page successfully loaded navigate to the OpenID connect page at http://localhost:8080/openidconnect/login.

Note: you can edit the theme code, and link to the login uri as http://localhost:8080/openidconnect/login. In result the user will always redirect to the OAuth server for authentication.

  • OAuth authentication
    • The LifeRay login uri will redirect users to the OAuth IdP server for user authentication. Internally, passing the oAuth client id as the following screen:


  • Request for permission
    • This screen can be configured depending upon your OAuth Server implementation.


  • OAuth callback (user auto-login to LifeRay)
    • After a successful authentication with the OAuth server, IdP will send a callback to LifeRay with a specific code as a parameter:

This will be intercepted by our oxAuth LifeRay plugin. Upon validation of the token with the Gluu IdP, it will result in a login of the user to the LifeRay. The user will be redirected to his respective start page.