Setting Up Facebook as a Social Identity Provider

As suggested in the introduction to this chapter, you'll need to take the following basic steps to configure Facebook as a social identity provider for IDM:


As of October 2018, Facebook as a social identity provider requires access over secure HTTP (HTTPS).

Setting Up Facebook

To set up Facebook as a social identity provider, navigate to the Facebook for Developers page. You'll need a Facebook account. While you could use a personal Facebook account, it is best to use an organizational account to avoid problems if specific individuals leave your organization. When you set up a Facebook social identity provider, you'll need to perform the following tasks:

  • In the Facebook for Developers page, select My Apps and Add a New App. For IDM, you'll create a Website application.

  • You'll need to include the following information when creating a Facebook website application:

    • Display Name

    • Contact Email

    • IDM URL

  • When complete, you should see your App. Navigate to Basic Settings.

  • Make a copy of the App ID and App Secret for when you configure the Facebook social identity provider in IDM.

  • In the settings for your App, you should see an entry for App Domains, such as, as well as a Website Site URL, such as

For Facebook's documentation on the subject, see Facebook Login for the Web with the JavaScript SDK.

Configuring a Facebook Social Identity Provider

  1. To configure a Facebook social identity provider, log in to the Admin UI and navigate to Configure > Social ID Providers.

  2. Enable the Facebook social identity provider.

  3. Include the values that Facebook created for App ID and App Secret, as described in "Setting Up Facebook".

  4. Under regular and Advanced Options, include the options shown in the following appendix: "Facebook Social Identity Provider Configuration Details".

When you enable a Facebook social identity provider in the Admin UI, IDM generates the identityProvider-facebook.json file in your project's conf/ subdirectory.

It includes parts of the file that you may have configured through the Admin UI. While the labels in the UI specify App ID and App Secret, you'll see them as clientId and clientSecret, respectively, in the configuration file.

   "provider" : "facebook",
   "authorizationEndpoint" : "",
   "tokenEndpoint" : "",
   "userInfoEndpoint" : ",name,picture,email,first_name,last_name,locale"
   "clientId" : "<someUUID>",
   "clientSecret" : {
       "$crypto" : {
           "type" : "x-simple-encryption",
           "value" : {
             "cipher" : "AES/CBC/PKCS5Padding",
             "stableId" : "openidm-sym-default",
             "salt" : "<hashValue>",
             "data" : "<encryptedValue>",
             "keySize" : 16,
             "purpose" : "idm.config.encryption",
             "iv" : "<encryptedValue>",
             "mac" : "<hashValue>"
   "scope" : [

You should also see UI settings related to the social identity provider icon (badge) and the sign-in button, described in "Social Identity Provider Button and Badge Properties".

You'll see links related to the authenticationIdKey, redirectUri, and configClass; the location may vary.

The file includes schema information, which includes properties for each social identity account, as collected by IDM, as well as the order in which it appears in the Admin UI. When you've registered a user with a Facebook social identity, you can verify this by selecting Manage > Facebook, and then selecting a user.

Another part of the file includes a propertyMap, which maps user information entries between the source (social identity provider) and the target (IDM).

If you need more information about the properties in this file, refer to the following appendix: "Facebook Social Identity Provider Configuration Details".

Configuring User Registration to Link to Facebook

Once you've configured the Facebook social identity provider, you can activate it through User Registration. To do so in the Admin UI, select Configure > User Registration, and under the Social tab, enable the option associated with Social Registration. For more information about user self-service features, see "Self-Service End User UI".

When you enable social registration, you're allowing users to register on IDM through all active social identity providers.

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