18 Jul

OpenID delegation with your userpage

As part of the new userpage feature we offer, we also allow you the usage of the so called OpenID delegation. You might have already seen this as an alternative way to login on some websites. It has this OpenID sign:

OpenID allows you to be identified by a URL. In the normal case, you register an account at an OpenID service. For example, I use myOpenID, which provides me with an OpenID URL that I can use to login to those sites providing an OpenID login. But OpenID also allows for so called delegation, so with just a few meta tags on a webpage, you can redirect from this webpage to your real OpenID service. This allows you to use this new URL as your OpenID identification. You could then add those meta tags to your own webpage and use your own URL as OpenID identification without running an OpenID service for yourself. For information about how to use delegation on your webpage, you can read this article.

We now allow you to use your userpage as an OpenID identification URL, but only in the delegation form, because we don't currently offer an OpenID service. If you, for example, register an account at myOpenID, you will be able to delegate this to their service with the form fields on your userpage editor. For my myOpenID account (raudssus) , I filled up the fields in my userpage editor like this:

OpenID server meta tag for your userpage:


OpenID delegate meta tag for your userpage:


and now I can use https://dukgo.com/getty as my OpenID login on all pages with OpenID :). I've been using OpenID for many years, now, and I definitely recommend this service. If you know other free services you can suggest, please add them to the comments!

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posted by Lola12 • 2 years and 2 months ago Link

I am not able to locate the two mega tag fields in my userpage editor. Is delegation not supported anymore? Thanks

posted by aswath • 3 years and 6 months ago Link

myopenid is closed now :c

posted by marcostudios • 4 years and 7 months ago Link

Cool thing! Some time ago I was looking for safe and reliable openid provider and in the end chose .

Also, what I find interesting, many sites provides openid accounts, but not much support logging in with one.

posted by etam • 5 years and 4 months ago Link

I wouldn't recommend myopenid.com, it's been down for weeks and is no longer supported: https://twitter.com/Janrain/status/349576783563202561

posted by jamiekitson • 5 years and 5 months ago Link

Interesting, didn't heard about that. Thanks for the information! So what service do you suggest? :)

posted by getty • 5 years and 5 months ago Link

I happened to pick http://pip.verisignlabs.com from https://openid.net/get-an-openid/ I also notice that Yahoo specifically does OpenID now too: http://openid.yahoo.com/

posted by jamiekitson • 5 years and 5 months ago Link
posted by jamiekitson • 5 years and 5 months ago Link

Do you know if they all work with delegation? AFAIR an openid service itself can forbid to be delegation target if it wants to.

posted by getty • 5 years and 5 months ago Link

The delegation tag values for pip.verisignlabs.com are
<link rel="openid2.provider" href="http://pip.verisignlabs.com/server" />
<link rel="openid2.local_id" href=<OpenID URL at the provider> />

posted by aswath • 3 years and 6 months ago Link

Exactly. Is there an OpenID service which like MyOpenID works with delegation? Have you found out?

posted by <hidden> • 5 years and 1 month ago Link