The Shibboleth Project

Effective and reliable identity management software for individual organisations and multi-site federations.

What is Shibboleth?

Shibboleth is one of the most widely used identity management systems in the world. After emerging as an Internet2 middleware activity in 2000, it was quickly adopted by academic institutions, identity federations, and commercial organisations all over the world. 
We create products that enable secure and seamless access to protected online resources and applications. With just one identity, a user can securely sign into a variety of systems while keeping management free from the burden of maintaining a collection of usernames and passwords. As an open-source project, all Shibboleth software is free and accessible to all and support is widely available through active community forums. 

Explore Shibboleth’s Identity Solutions

With open-source solutions suitable for organisations of all sizes, Shibboleth is among the most widely deployed identity management software in the world.

Identity Provider

A Single Sign-On solution that prioritises the experience and privacy of your users and keeps your workforce connected both within and between organisations.

Service Provider

With a variety of authorization and policy-oriented features, our Service Provider integrates with popular web servers and enables web application usage.

Embedded Discovery Service

Designed to work alongside your Service Provider, this product is simple to install and improves the experience of your users by providing an easy-to-navigate list of Identity Providers.

Metadata Aggregator

If your organisation operates multiple identity providers, this product will help you to read, process and dynamically query metadata.

Keeping organisations connected

Thanks to its accessibility, reliability and flexibility, organisations around the world continue to choose Shibboleth over other technologies for their identity management needs.

Shibboleth Usage vs Other Identity Providers

Source: Internet2, 2020


Shibboleth Usage vs Other Service Providers

Source: Internet2, 2020

The Shibboleth Developers

Our core development team is made up of nine dedicated members, each with specific skills that ensure Shibboleth remains supported and maintained.

John O’Brien


Phil Smart


Henri Mikkonen


Tom Zeller


Ian Young


Rod Widdowson


Brent Putman


Daniel Fisher


Scott Cantor

Developer Representative