A few examples on the most basic operations and interactions one might have with the IDP: checking log files, updating the software, generating simple stats, managing local (non-federation) SPs, etc.

Paths and file names below assume a default installation location (/opt/shibboleth-idp) and unchanged logging/logback configuration. Though you might prefer to adjust your logging config and or make /opt/shibboleth-idp/logs a symbolic link to another file system/volume. You might also want to remove the "idp-" prefix from all the {process,warn,audit,consent-audit} log files since they'll likely end up in one IDP-specific logging directory anyway (and having all files start with the same letter isn't overly useful). But again, the examples below can't match local deployment decisions and so have been written to match a default IDP installation's behaviour. So adjust as needed.

Who and how am I

$ /opt/shibboleth-idp/bin/version.sh


Applying updates

See IDP 3 Updates for detailed instructions.

What's happening right now

multitail -f /opt/shibboleth-idp/logs/idp-process.log /var/log/tomcat9/access.log

egrep 'WARN|ERROR' /opt/shibboleth-idp/logs/idp-process.log

journalctl -u tomcat9.service -e -f

multitail -f /opt/shibboleth-idp/logs/idp-process.log /var/log/tomcat9/access.log -l 'journalctl -u tomcat9.service -f'

Who logged in and where, with what attributes sent

multitail -f /opt/shibboleth-idp/logs/idp-audit.log

fgrep '|someuser99|' /opt/shibboleth-idp/logs/idp-audit.log

/opt/shibboleth-idp/bin/aacli.sh --saml2 -n someuser99 -r https://test-sp.aco.net/shibboleth

zgrep ' failed$' /opt/shibboleth-idp/logs/idp-process.log.201901*

fgrep succeeded /opt/shibboleth-idp/logs/idp-process.log

fgrep /opt/shibboleth-idp/logs/idp-audit.log /var/log/tomcat9/access.log

What data will go out for userid X to service Y

The aacli is a very useful tool to test what data the running IDP would send for a given subject (replace SOME_USERID below with the login name the subject would enter during authentication) to a given SP. Not only does that help verifying your attribute resolver  and attribute filter configuration when you're making changes to either (or both), it can also be useful in debugging access problems someone experiences at a given SP as you can easily compare what data would go out for different subjects (e.g. in cases where access works vs. where it fails) without needing the subject's cooperation in this issue (or access to their password).

/opt/shibboleth-idp/bin/aacli.sh --saml2 -n SOME_USERID -r https://test-sp.aco.net/shibboleth


ACOnet has contributed a log analysis tool for parsing the Shibboleth IDP's audit logs. For the current day use  /opt/shibboleth-idp/logs/idp-audit.log.

loganalysis.py -culn /opt/shibboleth-idp/logs/idp-audit.log.20190123.gz
2 unique relying parties
10 unique userids
25 logins
logins   | relyingPartyId
14       | https://sp.example.org/saml
11       | https://wiki.example.edu/shibboleth

loganalysis.py -cul /opt/shibboleth-idp/logs/idp-audit.log.201812*
21 unique relying parties
15 unique userids
406 logins


$EDITOR /opt/shibboleth-idp/conf/logback.xml  # Set <logger name="PROTOCOL_MESSAGE" level="DEBUG"/> and save
/opt/shibboleth-idp/bin/reload-service.sh -id shibboleth.LoggingService

Make sure to undo this after you're done to avoid filling up file systems/volumes/disks with unnecessary DEBUG messages.

Locally managed Service Provider Metadata (non-eduID.at)

See our IDP 3 Metadata configuration documentation.