If you're using Shibboleth as your identity management system, you can integrate it with ​Akamai MFA​ to provide an additional layer of protection for your on-premises, mobile, and third-party cloud applications. With this integration, all login requests are sent to Shibboleth IdP and redirected to ​Akamai MFA​.

See this diagram that presents a conceptual model of the authentication process. For clarity reasons, some traffic flows are not covered.


This authentication process refers to users who are enrolled in ​Akamai MFA​.

  1. The user attempts to access a protected enterprise application.

  2. The user is prompted to log in using their credentials.

  3. Upon successful authentication, Shibboleth IdP, using the ​Akamai​ plug-in, establishes a connection over TCP port 443 and redirects the user to ​Akamai MFA​.

  4. ​Akamai MFA​ challenges the user with secondary authentication.

  5. The user confirms their identity using the selected secondary authentication method.

  6. ​Akamai MFA​ redirects the user to the Shibboleth IdP.

  7. Shibboleth IdP redirects the user to the application server.

  8. The user gains access to the application.



  • This integration has been tested on Shibboleth version 4.0.1.

  • This integration communicates with ​Akamai MFA​ on TCP port 443. Make sure that your firewall allows outbound connections to the host you specify when you set up the integration.


Your <API Host> is available on the ​Akamai MFA​ Integrations configuration page.

Add Shibboleth as an integration

Follow this procedure to generate your integration credentials that you will need to provide in the following step to enable the communication between ​Akamai MFA​ and Shibboleth.

  1. In the Enterprise Center navigation menu, select Multi-factor Authentication > Integrations.

  2. Click Add integration (+).

  3. In Integration Type, select Shibboleth.

  4. In Name, enter a unique name for your Shibboleth integration.

  5. Click Save and Deploy.
    You’ve just generated your API Host, Integration ID, Verifying Key, and Signing Key. This data will be available for you on the integration page. Your integration credentials can be copied anytime and used in the following steps to configure the integration with Shibboleth.


Your Signing Key should be kept completely secret like any other password or secret key credential.

Manually install the Shibboleth plug-in

Follow these steps to manually install the Shibboleth plug-in for ​Akamai MFA​. With this installation, you enable both sides of the integration to communicate with each other.

  1. Download the AkamaiMfaShibboleth.tgz package and extract its contents.

  2. Copy the below files from the cloned repositories to the following locations of your Shibboleth installation directory:

    • shibboleth-idp/conf/authn/akamaimfa.propertiesto $IDP_HOME/conf/authn/

    • shibboleth-idp/conf/authn/akamaimfa-authn-config.xmlto $IDP_HOME/conf/authn/

    • shibboleth-idp/system/flows/authn/akamaimfa-authn-beans.xmlto $IDP_HOME/system/flows/authn

    • shibboleth-idp/system/flows/authn/akamaimfa-authn-flow.xmlto $IDP_HOME/system/flows/authn

    • shibboleth-idp/views/akamaimfa.vmto $IDP_HOME/views/

    • js/akamaimfa.jsto $IDP_HOME/webapp/js/


    • $IDP_HOMEis a disk location of IDP home on the server machine

  3. Copy contents of shibboleth-idp/edit-webapp/WEB-INF/lib/to $IDP_HOME/edit-webapp/WEB-INF/lib/directory.

  4. Edit IdP properties files with ​Akamai MFA​ specific values.

    1. Edit $IDP_HOME/conf/authn/akamaimfa.propertiesfile with valid values for the below parameters:
      • idp.akamaimfa.apiHost
      • idp.akamaimfa.appId. This refers to Integration ID that you copied from ​Akamai​ integration page
      • idp.akamaimfa.signingKey. This refers to the Signing Key that you copied from the ​Akamai​ integration page
      • idp.akamaimfa.callbackUrl
    2. Edit $IDP_HOME/conf/idp.propertiesfile:
      • Add/conf/authn/akamaimfa.propertiesto idp.additionalPropertiesto let the ​Akamai MFA​ service access the above parameters
  5. Enable the ​Akamai MFA​ service with the following steps:

    1. Set idp.authn.flows= MFAin $IDP_HOME/conf/idp.propertiesfile

    2. Add the following tag to $IDP_HOME/conf/authn/general-authn.xml. file before `<bean id="authn/MFA":

        <bean id="authn/AkamaiMfa" parent="shibboleth.AuthenticationFlow"
         <property name="supportedPrincipals">                 
           <bean parent="shibboleth.SAML2AuthnContextClassRef" 
             c:classRef="" />       
           <bean parent="shibboleth.SAML1AuthenticationMethod"
             c:method="" />                 
    3. Add one of the following tags to $IDP_HOME/conf/authn/mfa-authn-config.xmlfile.

      For an authentication that is password-based in the first step and followed by the ​Akamai MFA​ second factor, add the below snippet inside those tags: <util:map id="shibboleth.authn.MFA.TransitionMap"> and </util:map> :

           <entry key="">            
              <bean parent="shibboleth.authn.MFA.Transition" p:nextFlow="authn/Password" /> 
           <entry key="authn/Password"> 
              <bean parent="shibboleth.authn.MFA.Transition" p:nextFlow="authn/AkamaiMfa" />   

      For an authentication that is provided by the third party in the first step and followed by the ​Akamai MFA​ second factor, add the below snippet inside those tags <util:map id="shibboleth.authn.MFA.TransitionMap"> and </util:map> :

            <entry key="">  
                <bean parent="shibboleth.authn.MFA.Transition" p:nextFlow="authn/RemoteUser" />           
            <entry key="authn/RemoteUser">  
             <bean parent="shibboleth.authn.MFA.Transition" p:nextFlow="authn/AkamaiMfa" />         
    4. Add the below value before <entry key="authn/MFA"to edit $IDP_HOME/system/conf/webflow-config.xmlfile:

    <entry key="authn/AkamaiMfa" value="../system/flows/authn/akamaimfa-authn-flow.xml" />
  6. Add the following snippet to $IDP_HOME/system/messages/messages.propertiesfile:

    idp.login.akamaimfaRequired = Authentication with Akamai MFA is required for the requested service. 
    idp.login.akamaimfaNoScript = The Akamai MFA service requires JavaScript. 
    idp.login.akamaimfaCancel = Cancel this Request 
  7. Edit $IDP_HOME/views/akamaimfa.vmfile to customize your setup.

  8. Rebuild the Shibboleth WAR file $IDP_HOME/bin/

  9. Restart the Shibboleth IdP.

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