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Mitesh Kamat
Mitesh Kamat

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Parsing saml namespace prefixes


This is about authentication / authorisation while building your web apps.

I included single-sign-on feature in my web application. Then, after integrating my app with SSO, I performed login operation and saw this saml response after authentication.

sh:book /sh:book
sh:genre /sh:genre
sh:id /sh:id
sh:book /sh:book
sh:genre /sh:genre
sh:id /sh:id
sh:book /sh:book
sh:genre /sh:genre
sh:id /sh:id

Apologies.. I don't know how to include html tags in this post :P

How do I handle this? I need a JSON/ object to fetch the concerned values.

I followed these steps to convert it to a json object:
1) Decoded the saml response to xml.
2) Then, parsed xml to object/ JSON to fetch required fields.

For decoding the saml response, I used "saml-encoder-decoder-js" npm package and for parsing xml to object I went for "xml2js".


let decoder = require('saml-encoder-decoder-js'),
  parseString = require("xml2js").parseString,
  stripPrefix = require("xml2js").processors.stripPrefix;'/login/callback', function(req, res) {

    const xmlResponse = req.body.SAMLResponse;
    decoder.decodeSamlPost(xmlResponse, (err,xmlResponse) => {
      if(err) {
        throw new Error(err);
      } else {
        parseString(xmlResponse, { tagNameProcessors: [stripPrefix] }, 
                    function(err, result) {
          if (err) {
            throw err;
          } else {
            console.log(result); //End result
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Note: stripPrefix to get rid of namespace prefix.
to fetch "root" from "sh:root".

So, the end result gave me the json I was looking for.

Hope, you find this article worthy enough to have a glance.

Cheers !!!

Discussion (1)

jithju31 profile image

Hi am not getting any responses in my VS terminal. Please help me on this. How it'll run without mentioning saml request any where in the code?

PS : Am running my project in VS (Visual studio )