Dropbox SSO with Gluu Server

This document is a step-by-step guide to setting up Dropbox SSO in Gluu Server. This SSO requires setting a custom nameid called emailnid.

Custom NameID

Please see this doc on how to create custom attributes.

The new attribute screen should look like the screenshot below image

The custom nameid needs to be defined in the attribute-resolver template file.

  • Please edit the attribute-resolver.xml.vm file under the /opt/tomcat/conf/shibboleth2/idp folder

  • Add the $attribute.name.equals('emailnid') with the existing #if( ! ($attribute.name.equals('transientId') to look like the snippet below

#if( ! ($attribute.name.equals('transientId') or $attribute.name.equals('emailnid') ) ) 
  • Add nameid definition
 <resolver:AttributeDefinition id="emailnid"
                        <resolver:Dependency ref="siteLDAP" />
                        <resolver:AttributeEncoder xsi:type="SAML2StringNameID"
                                nameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress" />
  • Add emailAddress in Principal Connector
 <resolver:PrincipalConnector xsi:type="pc:Transient" id="saml2Transient" nameIDFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress" /> 
  • Restart Tomcat service

Trust Relationship

Please see this doc to create trust relationship and fill up the form with the following info

The metadata for Dropbox is necessary to create trust relationship. Please use the following snippet so create the dropbox_metadata.xml.

 <EntityDescriptor entityID="Dropbox" xmlns="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:metadata">
    <SPSSODescriptor protocolSupportEnumeration="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:protocol">
        <AssertionConsumerService index="1" Binding="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:HTTP-POST" Location="https://www.dropbox.com/saml_login" />
  • Display Name: Dropbox
  • Description: External SP / File method
  • Metadata Type: File
  • SP Metadata File: Upload the 'dropbox_metadata.xml' which you just created
  • Configure Specific RelyiningParty: Yes
signResponses: conditional
signAssertions: never
signRequests: conditional
encryptAssertions: never
encryptNameIds: never


  • Released attribute: emailnid image

Configure Gluu Server as IdP in Dropbox

  • Log into Dropbox
  • Click on Admin Console
  • Click Authentication
  • Click on the checkbox labeled Enable single-sign-on
  • Optional/Required according to necessity

    • Sign in URL https://<hostname_of_Gluu_server>/idp/profile/SAML2/Redirect/SSO

    • X.509 certificate

    Get `shibIDP.crt` from Gluu Server `chroot` environment under `/etc/certs/` folder and upload it


  • Save configuration

Test SSO

  • Please go to https://www.dropbox.com and click on the Sign In button

  • If the account is configured for SSO, then a screen similar to the screenshot below will appear after entering the email address. image

  • Click Continue and the website will redirect to Gluu Server for authentication.