ForgeRock Identity Platform 7.4

Social authentication

You can configure user self-registration to include social identity providers as an option for users. This lets users register and log in to ForgeRock Identity Platform using an account they have through another trusted service.

These topics describe the high-level steps to configure social authentication.

Configure social identity providers

ForgeRock Identity Platform supports social identity providers that are OAuth 2.0 or OpenID Connect (OIDC) 1.0-compliant. A number of social identity providers are configured by default:

Default social identity provider configurations

Identity provider Specification


OAuth 2.0




OAuth 2.0




OAuth 2.0




OAuth 2.0


OAuth 2.0


OAuth 2.0


OAuth 2.0

VK (Vkontakte)

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(1) To integrate with itsme, you must obtain an Organization Validation (OV) certificate. You must also configure it in the container where AM runs, or in the reverse proxy offloading SSL.

You can add providers that are not configured by default, as long as these providers use OAuth 2.0 or OpenID Connect.

Add identity providers

  1. Register a service in the identity provider, and keep the provider’s documentation within reach. You will use it during this procedure.

    At minimum, you must have a client ID and a redirect URL.

    A redirect URL is a path in ForgeRock Identity Platform (AM) where the identity provider redirects the user on successful authentication; for example,

    Depending on the social identity provider and on your environment, you change the redirect URL later.

    The redirect URL in the identity provider service and in the ForgeRock Identity Platform client configuration must match.

    Some providers require you enable a specific API in their service:


    Enable the Gmail API in the Google Cloud Platform.


    You must have access to the Apple Development Program (Enterprise program is not eligible), and you must enable Sign In With Apple in the Apple Developer site.

  2. In the AM admin UI, go to Realms > Realm Name > Services.

  3. Check that the Social Identity Provider Service appears in the list of services configured for the realm.

    If it does not, click Add a Service, select Social Identity Provider Service in the drop-down list, and create the service configuration.

  4. Check that Enabled is selected.

  5. Go to the Secondary Configurations tab.

    ForgeRock Identity Platform includes scripts and configurations for several common identity providers.

  6. In the Add a Secondary Configuration drop-down list, select the required identity provider.

    If the required provider does not appear, select one of the following to add a custom identity provider client:

    • Client Configuration for providers that implement the OAuth2 specification

    • Client Configuration for providers that implement the OpenID Connect specification

  7. Provide the client’s required configuration details, such as the Client ID, Client Secret (for confidential clients), the Scope Delimiter (usually an empty space), and the Redirect URL.

    Don’t worry if some details are missing. You can edit the configuration later, after saving the client profile for the first time.

    Save your changes to access all the configuration fields for the client.

  8. Provide the client’s advanced configuration details, and edit any required configuration details if needed.

    To find the required identity provider information:

    • Refer to the provider’s documentation.

      Providers must specify their integration needs in their documentation, as well as their API endpoints.

      For example, providers usually have different scopes that you can configure depending on your service’s needs.

      Financial-grade providers usually also require additional security-related configuration, such as acr values, PKCE-related settings, and more.

      Keep their documentation close while configuring the client profile.

    • Visit the provider’s .well-known endpoint.

      OAuth 2.0/OpenID Connect-compliant providers will display much of the information you need to configure the identity provider client in their .well-known endpoint. For example, the endpoint should expose their endpoint URLs, and the signing and encryption algorithms they support.

      ForgeRock Identity Platform is preconfigured, but you must make sure the settings for the provider have not changed. Key preconfigured fields include:

      • The provider’s URLs.

        For example, Authentication Endpoint URL, Access Token Endpoint URL, and User Profile Service URL.

      • The OAuth Scopes field.

      • The configuration in the UI Config Properties section.

      • The script selected in the Transform Script drop-down list.

        This script is responsible for mapping attributes provided by the identity providers to a profile format compatible with ForgeRock Identity Platform.

        For details, refer to Transform Script.

      Some features require choosing algorithms from those supported by the provider, as well as creating secrets. Consider the following points before configuring the client:

      • Several capabilities in the identity provider client share the same secret IDs. For example, signing request objects and signing client authentication JWTs.

      • Every identity provider client in a realm shares the same secrets.

      Therefore, ensure that you configure features requiring secrets in a way that they are compatible across clients in the same realm.

      For more information, refer to the page about the /oauth2/connect/rp/jwk_uri endpoint.

      For details about client configuration settings, refer to Client configuration reference.

  9. Save your changes.

To let AM contact Internet services through a proxy, refer to Configuring AM for outbound communication.

You can control the behavior of the connection factory that AM uses as a client of the social identity providers. The following AM advanced server properties control different aspects of the connection factory:

  • org.forgerock.openam.httpclienthandler.system.clients.connection.timeout

  • org.forgerock.openam.httpclienthandler.system.clients.max.connections

  • org.forgerock.openam.httpclienthandler.system.clients.pool.ttl

  • org.forgerock.openam.httpclienthandler.system.clients.response.timeout

  • org.forgerock.openam.httpclienthandler.system.clients.retry.failed.requests.enabled

  • org.forgerock.openam.httpclienthandler.system.clients.reuse.connections.enabled

They have sensible defaults. For details, refer to Advanced Properties.

Configure basic social registration journeys

There are two nodes associated with identity providers:

Select Identity Provider node

The Select Identity Provider node prompts the user to select a social identity provider for registration or sign in, or (optionally) to continue with local registration or sign in.

When the user selects a provider, the journey continues to the Social Provider Handler node.

Social Provider Handler node

The Social Provider Handler node communicates with the selected provider and collects the information provided after the user has authorized the service. It runs the provider’s configured normalization script to map the information into a format that ForgeRock Identity Platform can consume.

Next, the node uses a transformation script provided by ForgeRock Identity Platform called Normalized Profile to Managed User to transform the profile information into a managed object.

The node then queries the identity store available for the realm to check whether the user already exists. If the user exists, they are logged in. If the user does not exist, the user will need to be created.

Set up a basic social registration journey

  1. In your realm, go to Journeys.

    You can create a new journey, modify an existing journey, or duplicate an existing journey.

  2. Decide whether users can log in with their local credentials, and add the relevant nodes to the journey:

    • Social authentication journeys allowing local authentication might look like the following:

      Example social authentication with local authentication
    • Social authentication journeys enforcing social authentication login might look like the following:

      Example social authentication enforcing social login

    To configure either option, set Include local authentication in the Select Identity Provider node. To support both local and social authentication in the same page, use the Page node as shown in the example.

  3. Configure the Social Provider Handler node:

    • In the Transformation Script field, select Normalized Profile to Managed User. This script transforms the normalized identity provider’s profile object into a format that ForgeRock Identity Platform can use.

      To view the script and the available bindings, refer to normalized-profile-to-managed-user.js.

    • In Client Type, select BROWSER when using the ForgeRock Identity Platform UI or ForgeRock SDK for JavaScript, or NATIVE when using the ForgeRock SDKs for Android or iOS.

  4. Configure the Required Attributes Present node and the Create Object node:

    In the Identity Resource fields of each, configure the relevant managed identity resource type, such as managed/user.

    To check for the available managed identity resource types, go to the IDM admin UI, and open the Manage drop-down list.

    Identity managed object types are preceded by the icon.

  5. Configure the Attribute Collector node adding at least the mail, givenName, and sn attributes.

Configure social registration with account claiming

If your users have one or more social identity provider accounts, they can link them to the same ForgeRock Identity Platform account. For more information, refer to Account claiming: links between accounts and social identity providers.

The following example builds on the basic social registration journey shown in Set up a basic social registration journey:

Example social registration with account claiming
Figure 1. Example social registration with account claiming

The journey uses the Identify Existing User node to determine if the user is already registered in ForgeRock Identity Platform. By default, the node checks that the email address associated with the account is already registered in ForgeRock Identity Platform.

Ensure that you configure the Transformation Script in the Social Provider Handler node, and the Identity Resource field in the Patch Object node.

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