Mac OS X 10.3 deployments of the Shibboleth SP must be built from source, but binaries are available for 10.4's default distribution. Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4 both come pre-packaged with various versions of Apache 1.3.x. The default Apache and OpenSSL bundled with Mac OS X is capable of running Shibboleth, as is an OS X installation of Apache 2.0.x.

1. Prepare the Environment:

2. Install Shibboleth:

It is recommended that the Shibboleth binary be installed from the supplied tarball on the Shibboleth site when possible by untarring it into the root directory.

tar -xvzf /path/to/shibboleth-sp-1.3-macosx-10.4.tar.gz

If you will be building the module yourself, follow the build instructions, which include a large number of additional prerequisite packages.

3. Configure Shibboleth:

Add the newly compiled or installed modules to Apache next.

  1. Edit httpd.conf :
  2. /opt/shibboleth-sp/sbin/shibd must be independently started and run in order to handle access requests. In most cases, the build process ensures that shibd can locate the configuration file and schemas, but the SHIBCONFIG and SHIBSCHEMAS environment variables may be used as well. Command line options can also be used to specify them.
  3. By default, the Shibboleth module is configured to log information on behalf of Apache to /opt/shibboleth-sp/var/log/httpd/native.log , though this can be changed by modifying the .logger files pointed to by the configuration. For this log to be created, Apache must have permission to write to this file, which may require that the file be manually created and permissions assigned to whatever user Apache is configured to run under. If the file does not appear when Apache runs with the modules loaded, check for permission problems or change the location used.
  4. shibd creates its own separate logs at /opt/shibboleth-sp/var/log/shibboleth/shibd.log and must have appropriate write permissions itself as well.

At this point, you should have a fully functional SP, but before it can be tested, you'll need to configure it to interoperate with an !IdP. Many federations will provide these for their community, and TestShib is available for anyone to test with.