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titleRequirements for new entity IDs

InCommon will verify that all newly submitted entity IDs meet the following Strict requirements:

  1. An
entity ID
  1. entityID MUST be
a URI but SHOULD NOT be a URNThe entity ID SHOULD be an absolute URL with the following properties:the
  1. an absolute URI
  2. If the entityID is a URL, the host part of the URL MUST be a name rooted in
the organization's Primary DNS Domainthe URL MUST
  1. a domain owned by the organization

Strong recommendations:

  1. An entityID SHOULD be an absolute URL starting with “https://” or “http://”
    1. The URL SHOULD NOT contain a port number, a query string, or a fragment identifier
    2. The host part of the URL SHOULD NOT contain the substring “www”
    3. The URL SHOULD NOT end with a slash (/)
  2. An entityID SHOULD NOT be more than 30 characters in length

If a site administrator submits metadata with some other form of an entity ID that does not meet the above requirements, a manual vetting process is triggered, which may delay the approval process.

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  • include the substring "idp" or "identityprovider" in an IdP entity ID
  • include the substring "sp" or "serviceprovider" in an SP entity ID
  • do not include the substring "incommon" in an entity ID
  • do not include the name of your SAML software in an entity ID ("shibboleth", "adfs", "php", etc.)
  • an URL-based entity ID starting with "https://" is more flexible than one starting with "http://"
  • avoid using substring "www" in an URL-based entity ID
  • do not end an URL-based entity ID with a slash (/)
  • do not include a port number, a query string (?), or a fragment identifier (#) in an URL-based entity ID

Examples

IdP names:

  • https://webauth.example.edu/idp
  • https://its.example.edu/idp

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