AspNetSaml 2.0.0-beta

This is a prerelease version of AspNetSaml.
There is a newer version of this package available.
See the version list below for details.
dotnet add package AspNetSaml --version 2.0.0-beta
NuGet\Install-Package AspNetSaml -Version 2.0.0-beta
This command is intended to be used within the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio, as it uses the NuGet module's version of Install-Package.
<PackageReference Include="AspNetSaml" Version="2.0.0-beta" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add AspNetSaml --version 2.0.0-beta
#r "nuget: AspNetSaml, 2.0.0-beta"
#r directive can be used in F# Interactive and Polyglot Notebooks. Copy this into the interactive tool or source code of the script to reference the package.
// Install AspNetSaml as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=AspNetSaml&version=2.0.0-beta&prerelease

// Install AspNetSaml as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=AspNetSaml&version=2.0.0-beta&prerelease


Very simple SAML 2.0 "consumer" implementation in C#.

It's a SAML client library, not a SAML server, allows adding SAML single-sign-on to your ASP.NET app, but not to provide auth services to other apps.


Install-Package AspNetSaml

This is a .NET Standard 2.0 library that works with both ASP.NET Core and the "old" ASP.NET Framework. Older versions were released as a single c-sharp file you could throw into your project, but starting with v2.0 this is a "proper" class library nuget package.


How SAML works?

SAML workflow has 2 steps:

  1. User is redirected to the SAML provider (where he authenticates)
  2. User is redirected back to your app, where you validate the payload

Here's how you do it (this example is for ASP.NET MVC):

1. Redirecting the user to the saml provider:

//this example is an ASP.NET MVC action method
public ActionResult Login()
	//TODO: specify the SAML provider url here, aka "Endpoint"
	var samlEndpoint = "";

	var request = new AuthRequest(
		"", //TODO: put your app's "entity ID" here
		"" //TODO: put Assertion Consumer URL (where the provider should redirect users after authenticating)

	//redirect the user to the SAML provider
	return Redirect(request.GetRedirectUrl(samlEndpoint));

2. User has been redirected back

User is sent back to your app - you need to validate the SAML response ("assertion") that you recieved via POST.

Here's an example of how you do it in ASP.NET MVC

//ASP.NET MVC action method... But you can easily modify the code for Web-forms etc.
public ActionResult SamlConsume()
	// 1. TODO: specify the certificate that your SAML provider gave you
	string samlCertificate = @"-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----

	// 2. Let's read the data - SAML providers usually POST it into the "SAMLResponse" var
	var samlResponse = new Response(samlCertificate, Request.Form["SAMLResponse"]);

	// 3. We're done!
	if (samlResponse.IsValid())
		//WOOHOO!!! user is logged in
		username = samlResponse.GetNameID();

Reading more attributes from the provider

SAML providers usually send more data with their response: username, first/last names etc. Here's how to get it:

if (samlResponse.IsValid())
	//WOOHOO!!! user is logged in

	//Some more optional stuff for you
	//let's extract username/firstname etc
	string username, email, firstname, lastname;
		username = samlResponse.GetNameID();
		email = samlResponse.GetEmail();
		firstname = samlResponse.GetFirstName();
		lastname = samlResponse.GetLastName();
	catch(Exception ex)
		//insert error handling code
		//no, really, please do
		return null;

	//user has been authenticated, put your code here, like set a cookie or something...
	//or call FormsAuthentication.SetAuthCookie()
	//or call context.SignInAsync() in ASP.NET Core
	//or do something else


Depending on your .NET version, your Project should reference System.Security for .NET Framework and System.Security.Cryptography.Xml for .NET Core.

A version of this library has been used for years in production in our helpdesk app.

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