Discourse SSO
by JD Bothma


Adds support for Discourse SSO. This means that Aleph becomes the authentication authority for a Discourse instance.

When users try to login on Discourse, they get redirected to CKAN. If they are logged in on CKAN or login when prompted, they get redirected back to Discourse.

Discourse will verify the user’s email address (which it gets from CKAN) so that your discourse instance doesn’t become a way to spam your CKAN users.


Tested with CKAN 2.7.2 and Discourse v2.0.0.beta4 +97


To install ckanext-discourse-sso:

  1. Activate your CKAN virtual environment, for example:

    . /usr/lib/ckan/default/bin/activate
  2. Install the ckanext-discourse-sso Python package into your virtual environment:

    pip install git+https://github.com/OpenUpSA/[email protected]
  3. Restart CKAN. For example if you’ve deployed CKAN with Apache on Ubuntu:

    sudo service apache2 reload



  1. Make up some random secret string and enter it in the sso_secret settings field
  2. Enter your CKAN URL with the /discourse/sso suffix in the sso_url field, e.g. https://data.example.com/discourse/sso


  1. Add discourse-sso to the ckan.plugins setting in your CKAN config file (by default the config file is located at /etc/ckan/default/production.ini).
  2. Set the config variable discourse.sso.secret to be the same value as sso_secret in your Discourse settings. You can do this via the CKAN_DISCOURSE_SSO_SECRET environment variable.
  3. Set the config variable discourse.url to be your Discourse intance, e.g. https://discourse.exampe.com/. You can do this via the CKAN_DISCOURSE_URL environment variable.

Development Installation

To install ckanext-discourse-sso for development, activate your CKAN virtualenv and do:

git clone https://github.com/OpenUpSA/ckanext-discourse-sso.git
cd ckanext-discourse-sso
python setup.py develop

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