Third party authentication

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Sometimes you have third party services (ebook apps, physical access control systems etc) that need to authenticate users against the Koha database. What are your options for doing this?


Existing options


Two different SIP2 messages can be used to authenticate users:

  • 23 - Patron Status Request
  • 63 - Patron Information


The "AuthenticatePatron" verb can be used for authenticating users. See ILS-DI for tips on security.

Future options

Not implemented yet, but being worked on or talked about.


  • Bug 17004 - REST API: add route to authenticate patron (Single Sign On - SSO)

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