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Technical Documentation

Installation, integration and troubleshooting guides are available below.

Installation Guides: Documentation for installing Shibboleth or SimplSAMLphp are available from the respective websites of these applications. HEAnet have developed the installation guides below that include steps that are relevant to the Edugate federation

Integration Guides: Advice and guidance on how federated access can be implemented, as well as a list of vendors and projects that support SAML is available here.

Troubleshooting Guides: Information on how to gather diagnostic information and log files is available here

Technical Resources

Metadata: The metadata for the Edugate federation is available at

This metadata may be validated by visual inspection, the validUntil parameter at the beginning of the metadata should be set to a date at least 2 days from today. The Edugate Metadata Signing Certificate is available from;

The Edugate test metadata and signing certificate are available at

Edugate WAYF: The Edugate WAYF is based on the Shibboleth 2 Discovery Service. The Edugate WAYF is available at

The Edugate test WAYF is available at;

Technical Specification: The Edugate technical specification is available here

Edugate Resource Registry The Edugate Resource Registry is provided for the self-registration of new member entities and for publishing changes to your IdP or SP metadata, the Resource Registry may be accessed at the following URL.

The Edugate test Resource Registry is available at;

Who is Edugate for?

Edugate provides a single access mechanism that can enable access to online resources supporting alliances, research collaboration, consortia and shared services. Now users can use the credentials issued by their institution to access Edugate enabled web-sites and benefit from a personalised and persistent experience, with privacy features that put the user in control.

Enable users to use the campus directory credential to access Edugate enabled web sites beyond the campus boundary from anywhere, whilst protecting the campus directory from unnecessary searches and the user credentials from use on web sites beyond your control. 

Your patrons are individuals, not IP Addresses!
Enable publishers to provide users with a consistent and personalised experience regardless of their location or the device they are using.
Improve the end-user experience by providing Single-Sign-On and reducing the frequency of prompts for campus credentials.
Connect your patrons to your subscribed resources, regardless of where the user performs their search.

Restrict access to your club or society web-site to valid campus users without needing the campus IT department to provide you with access to the entire campus user database.
For student unions, Edugate enables online elections that can authenticate all students currently enrolled without needing to expose campus credentials or personal information.

Example: UL Students Union

Provide your suppliers with a means to interact with all campus members. Whether its parking management, physical access management, catering or sports facilities, Edugate can provide a secure means to validate staff and student status. Access cards or tokens can be issued online in a self-service manner, removing the some, if not all, of the paperwork.

Example: Apcoa Parking Management

When establishing any online service that will be used by multiple institutions, Edugate will provide a means to authorise access to the service by user, role or institution without having to issue usernames/passwords or other credentials to the users of the service.
Most research projects are collaborations and when it comes to hosting collaborative tools or sharing documents and data, Edugate enables the hosting partner to seamlessly grant access to the project content.

Example: NDLR Repository
Example: HEAR and DARE

Campus IT managers and IT security officers are increasingly reluctant to synchronise user credentials or open up campus directory services to applications that are hosted in the cloud. Even locally hosted managed applications that require the campus credential to be processed by the application present a security risk. Edugate is built on the open SAML federated access standard that is used in the financial services, aerospace and governmant eID and provides Single-Sign-On without the risks.

Whether it's a central or local government service that needs to validate that a student is a current student, Edugate can open up the potential for numerous e-Government services for students (e.g. Grants and Tax Credits)

When offering a student discount online, relying on a campus email address leaves the offer open to abuse since many institutions offer 'email for life'. Edugate will allow you to know if a customer is a current student and which institution the customer is affiliated to.