Xibo and Shibboleth

March 4, 2018 by steve

If you work in a university and deal with authentication, most likely you know what shibboleth is. For those who don’t know, shibboleth is a single sign on system that allows users to use one password across different systems. Giving users the ability to use one password is of great benefit as it makes a user’s life that much easier. When shopping for digital signage for a university, or any large institution, it is a good idea to look for this feature.

I run across many digital signage solutions that only allow for local accounts. This can lead to more work for IT departments as they may need to field more inquiries about why a user’s password doesn’t work and handling more password reset requests. Luckily, all this can be avoided.

Xibo has support for SAML 2.0 based authentication. This means that your shibboleth environment can be utilized to provide authentication to your xibo CMS! I’m happy to report that I’ve set up a few xibo environments myself with shibboleth, and it has been rather painless.

You can find the documentation to set this up for yourself here (http://xibo.org.uk/manual-tempel/en/users_saml.html). If you are looking for an xibo hosting company that can set this up for you, check out https://mysignage.rocks!