HumHub is a free and open-source social network written on top of the Yii2 PHP framework that provides an easy to use toolkit for creating and launching your own social network.

Unauthenticated users may connect using a login form against HumHub local database or a LDAP directory, or choose which authentication service they want to use.

Administrator can configure one or several OAuth, OAuth2 or OIDC authentication services to be displayed as buttons on the login page.

With OpenID Connect authentication service, users successfully authenticated by LemonLDAP::NG will be registered in HumHub upon their first login.


HumHub retrieves a user from his username and the authentication service he came through. As a result, a former local or LDAP user will be rejected when trying to authenticate using another authentication service. See Migrate former local or ldap Humhub account to connect through SSO

OpenID Connect


This set-up works with option enablePrettyUrl activated in Humhub. If not activated, rewrite URL in Humhub HTTP server and allowed redirect URL in LemonLDAP needs to be adapted to work with the non pretty URL format.

Configuring HumHub

First disable LDAP (Administration > Users section) and delete (or migrate) any local users whose username or email are conflicting with the username or email of your OIDC users.

Then install and configure the OIDC connector for humhub extension using composer :

  • Install composer.

  • Consider using prestissimo, to speed up composer update command (4x faster):

composer global require hirak/prestissimo
  • Go to {humhub_home} folder

  • Check if composer.json file is present. If not, download it for your current version:

  • Install the connector as a dependency:

composer require --no-update --update-no-dev worteks/humhub-auth-oidc
composer update worteks/humhub-auth-oidc  --no-dev --prefer-dist -vvv


If you just need to update the connector, change its version in composer.json and run the above composer update command.

  • Edit {humhub_home}/protected/config/common.php with the client configuration :

'components' => [
  'authClientCollection' => [
    'clients' => [
      // ...
      'lemonldapng' => [
        'class' => 'worteks\humhub\authclient\OIDC',
        'domain' => '',
        'clientId' => 'myClientId', // Client ID for this RP in LemonLDAP
        'clientSecret' => 'myClientSecret', // Client secret for this RP in LemonLDAP
        'defaultTitle' => '', // Text displayed in login button
        'cssIcon' => 'fa fa-lemon-o', // Icon displayed in login button
    // ...
  • Edit {humhub_home}/protected/config/web.php to disconnect users from LemonLDAP::NG after they logged out of Humhub:

return [
 // ...
 'modules' => [
  'user' => [
   'logoutUrl' => '',

User can now log in through SSO using a button on humhub logging page. If you want to remove this intermediate login page, so user are automatically logged in through SSO when they first access Humhub, you can set up a redirection in the http server in front of the application :

  • Example in apache

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} !nosso [NC]
RewriteRule "^/user/auth/login$" "/user/auth/external?authclient=lemonldapng" [L,R=301]
  • Example in nginx

if ($query_string !~ "nosso"){
  rewrite ^/user/auth/login$ /user/auth/external?authclient=lemonldapng permanent;

If the authentication was successful but the user could not be registered in Humhub (which often happen if there is a conflict between source, username or email), Humhub will redirect to the login page to display the error, which trigger a redirection to the portal, ultimately triggering a loop error while registration error is not displayed.

To change this behavior and display the registration error, AuthController.onAuthSuccess method needs to be adapted so redirect to SSO will be bypassed when a registration error occured. This works for version 1.3.15 :

  • Go to {humhub_home} folder

  • Execute

sed -i "s|return \$this->redirect(\['/user/auth/login'\]);|return \$this->redirect(['/user/auth/login','nosso'=>'showerror']);|" protected/humhub/modules/user/controllers/AuthController.php

Configuring LemonLDAP

If not done yet, configure LemonLDAP::NG as an OpenID Connect service.

Then, configure LemonLDAP::NG to recognize your HumHub instance as a valid new OpenID Connect Relying Party using the following parameters:

  • Client ID: the same you set in HumHub configuration

  • Client Secret: the same you set in HumHub configuration

  • Add the following exported attributes
    • given_name: user’s givenName attribute

    • family_name: user’s sn attribute

    • email: user’s mail attribute

  • Redirect URIs containing your Yii2 auth client ID.

Configuration sample using CLI:

$ /usr/libexec/lemonldap-ng/bin/lemonldap-ng-cli -yes 1 \
    addKey \
      oidcRPMetaDataExportedVars/humhub given_name givenName \
      oidcRPMetaDataExportedVars/humhub family_name sn \
      oidcRPMetaDataExportedVars/humhub email mail \
      oidcRPMetaDataOptions/humhub oidcRPMetaDataOptionsClientID myClientId \
      oidcRPMetaDataOptions/humhub oidcRPMetaDataOptionsClientSecret myClientSecret \
      oidcRPMetaDataOptions/humhub oidcRPMetaDataOptionsRedirectUris ''  \
      oidcRPMetaDataOptions/humhub oidcRPMetaDataOptionsPostLogoutRedirectUris '' \
      oidcRPMetaDataOptions/humhub oidcRPMetaDataOptionsIDTokenSignAlg RS512 \
      oidcRPMetaDataOptions/humhub oidcRPMetaDataOptionsIDTokenExpiration 3600 \
      oidcRPMetaDataOptions/humhub oidcRPMetaDataOptionsAccessTokenExpiration 3600 \
      oidcRPMetaDataOptions/humhub oidcRPMetaDataOptionsBypassConsent 1 && \

Migrate former local or ldap Humhub account to connect through SSO

You need to manually update Humhub database to swith authentication mode to LemonLDAP::NG.

Table “user”:

  • Columns “username” and “email” should match exactly OIDC sub and email attributes ;

  • If former ldap user, change column “auth_mode” to “local”.

Table “user_auth”:

  • Add an entry with user_id, username and “lemonldapng” as source (or the name you chose in your connector configuration) :

| user_id | source      | source_id   |
|       4 | lemonldapng | jdoe        |


If LemonLDAP login page freezes because of a browser security blockage, adapt security’s CSP Form Action to allow HumHub host :

$ /usr/libexec/lemonldap-ng/bin/lemonldap-ng-cli -yes 1 \
     set \
       cspFormAction "'self' https://*"