Social Registration

IDM provides a standards-based solution for social authentication requirements, based on the OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect 1.0 standards. They are similar, as OpenID Connect 1.0 is an authentication layer built on OAuth 2.0.

This chapter describes how to configure IDM to register and authenticate users with multiple social identity providers.

To configure different social identity providers, you'll take the same general steps:

  • Set up the provider. You'll need information such as a Client ID and Client Secret to set up an interface with IDM.

  • Configure the provider on IDM.

  • Set up User Registration. Activate Social Registration in the applicable Admin UI screen or configuration file.

  • After configuration is complete, test the result. For a common basic procedure, see "Test Social Identity Providers".

You can configure how IDM handles authentication using social identity providers by opening the Admin UI and selecting Configure > Authentication > Modules > Social Providers. The Social Providers authentication module is enabled by default. For more information, see "Configure the Social Providers Authentication Module".

To understand how data is transmitted between IDM and a social identity provider, read "OpenID Connect Authorization Code Flow".


For all social identity providers, set up a FQDN for IDM, along with information in a DNS server, or system hosts files. For test purposes, FQDNs that comply with RFC 2606, such as localhost and, are acceptable.

When you've configured one or more social identity providers, you can activate the Social Registration option in User Registration. This action adds:

Under the Social tab, you'll see a list of property mappings as defined in the selfservice.propertymap.json file.

One or more source properties in this file takes information from a social identity provider. When a user registers with their social identity account, that information is reconciled to the matching target property for IDM. For example, the email property from a social identity provider is normally reconciled to the IDM managed user mail property.

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