InCommon Federation Metadata Config for Shibboleth IdP V3

We have been helping customers upgrade from Shibboleth IdP 2.x to V3, and we wanted to highlight some common configuration questions we have received.

If you want to configure your Shibboleth IdP V3 to participate in the InCommon Federation, you need to add some configuration to your metadata-providers.xml file that may not directly translate from your Shibboleth 2.x configuration.

First, make sure that you have downloaded and verified InCommon’s metadata signing cert and copied the signing cert to your ${idp.home}/credentials/ directory.

Next, edit your metadata-providers.xml file and add the following code before the closing </MetadataProvider> tag.

<MetadataProvider id="ICMetadata"xsi:type="FileBackedHTTPMetadataProvider" refreshDelayFactor="0.125" maxRefreshDelay="PT2H" httpCaching="memory"
backingFile="%{idp.home}/metadata/incommon-metadata.xml" metadataURL="">

  <MetadataFilter xsi:type="SignatureValidation" certificateFile="${idp.home}/credentials/inc-md-cert.pem" requireSignedMetadata="false">
<MetadataFilter xsi:type="EntityRoleWhiteList">

Contact us if you need help planning your Shibboleth IdP 2.x to V3 upgrade.

IDM Integration Joins InCommon Affiliate Program

IDM Integration has joined Internet2’s InCommon Affiliate Program. IDM Integration (IDMI) helps customers build identity management solutions. From helping a commercial service provider overcome a single Shibboleth or SAML issue to helping an organization develop a comprehensive SSO environment, IDMI specializes in open source software integration and support. The company provides support for a wide variety of SSO layering technologies and custom integrations with ERPs, portals, learning management systems and other software systems.

“We are pleased to have IDM Integration join our Affiliate Program,” said Klara Jelinkova, senior associate vice president and chief information technology officer at the University of Chicago and chair of the InCommon Steering Committee. “We value their experience in higher education and with some of the key technology used by InCommon participants.”

The InCommon Affiliate Program provides the research and education community with a way to safely and efficiently connect with partners that can help build the necessary underlying infrastructure that supports federated identity and access management.

“We started IdM Integration because we saw a need for commercial Shibboleth support,” says Dave Alexander, one of the partners in IDMI. “We’ve been working behind the scenes with service providers to help them federate with InCommon, so we’re excited to finally join InCommon as an affiliate. We specialize in providing support and professional services for Shibboleth, and we are looking forward to helping higher ed and K-12 institutions realize the value of implementing federated authentication.”

As a way of celebrating joining the Affiliate Program, IDMI is offering InCommon participants a $100 discount on its most popular service, the Shibboleth Health Check. The service ($400 with the discount) includes two hours of phone consultation followed by two hours of research and follow-up to help resolve issues in the Shibboleth and single sign-on environment. The offer is good through October 31, 2014. Email for more information.

About IDM Integration
Since 2007, IDM Integration has been solving identity management problems. Whether we are helping customers overcome a single technical issue, or are developing comprehensive identity management solutions that integrate with existing systems, we thrive in problem solving. In addition to problem solving, we also provide support and training to ensure continued success for our clients. We support a wide variety of organizations, including corporate, nonprofit and academic, with a strong focus on commercial service providers. For additional information, please visit

About InCommon
InCommon®, operated by Internet2®, serves the US education and research communities, supporting a common framework of trust services, including the US identity management trust federation for research and education, a community-driven Certificate Service, an Assurance Program providing higher levels of trust, and a multifactor authentication program. InCommon has more than 600 participants, including higher education institutions and research organizations, and their sponsored partners, making federated identity available to more than 7.8 million individuals. For more information, see and