First Configuration

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Once the Curity Identity Server has been installed, it is time to configure it for the first time. This tutorial shows how to set up the basic configuration so that the Curity Identity Server has the required elements for running OAuth and OpenID Connect flows.

The presented setup relies on the HSQL Database, which is a file based database that cannot be used in production but is contained in the installation, and is useful to quickly get up and running.

The Basic Setup Wizard

Log in to the Admin UI. Open a browser and navigate to https://localhost:6749/admin (or the host where the machine is deployed). Enter the username admin and the password you set during the installation.

If the system is not yet configured, you will see an option to use the basic setup wizard for setting up a basic configuration.


To get started click the Run Basic Setup button and walk through the first wizard. It sets up the system in a good starting state. You can also change and adapt any configuration after the wizard finished.

License Key

License Key

First, add a license by uploading an existing license file or import it directly from the Curity Developer Portal. If you do not have a license currently, you can add it later.

Token and Session Data Source

Database Setup

The second screen sets up the data source to store tokens and sessions. It can connect to a number of backends, but to get started quickly, just click Next to use a local test database. The local test database is an HSQL data source for tokens and sessions called default-datasource. It cannot be used in production and will not work with clusters.

User Data Source

User Database Setup

The users can be stored in different data stores such as SQL, LDAP, SCIM, REST APIs etc. If you do not have any user stores yet, you can use the same test database as in the previous step and just click Next.

The hashing algorithm will be used when storing user passwords. The default is ok for a new system.

Email Provider

Email Provider Setup

If the system should be able to send emails for authentication or registration, configure an SMTP service here, otherwise just click Next. You can add an email provider via the Facilities menu later at any time.

SMS Provider

SMS Provider Setup

If the system should be able to send SMS messages for authentication, configure an SMS service here, otherwise just click Next. You can add an SMS provider via the Facilities menu later at any time.

SSL Certificates

Crypto and SSL

The Curity Identity Server needs keys for securing endpoints with TLS/SSL. During installation, the server created self–signed keys. For a fast setup choose Use Existing SSL Keys and then select default-admin-ssl-keys. Alternatively, upload existing keys or generate new keys with self-signed certificates for testing. To generate keys click on Generate New and enter the required parameters. Then click Next.

Token Service Capabilities

Token Service Capabilities

Next, you can restrict which flows should be available at your instance of the Curity Identity Server. The wizard suggests enabling most of the flows, but you can disable those that you know you won't use (e.g., it is not recommended to use the Resource Owner Password Credentials flow). You can change which flows and features are enabled later on. For now, leave the default settings, then click Next.

Commit changes

Whenever changes are made in the UI, they are not deployed to the server until the admin commits them. They are kept in a transaction, that will be validated when committed. This ensures that all new configuration states are correct and that no config is invalid. The wizard now lets you commit these directly. If you are happy with the new setup, simply click Commit. If you decide to commit changes later, click on Later. Navigate to the Changes menu and select Commit to commit changes without the wizard.


All changes are now applied.


The basic setup wizard has now created a system that contains some required components. These are:

  • An Authentication Profile for user authentication
  • A Token Service profile for OAuth and OpenID Connect
  • A deployment (service-role): The runtime configuration needed by the runtime nodes
  • One or two data-sources: one for tokens and optionally a second one for users
  • An Email provider (if selected)
  • An SMS provider (if selected)
  • SSL certificates and signing keys

In the following tutorials, you will use a simplified admin view, called the Normal mode, and you won't have to interact directly with some of these components.

Switch to the Normal Mode

Use the dropdown at the top of the page to switch to the Normal mode.

Normal mode

This is how the dashboard looks like when you're in the Normal mode.

Normal mode overview
  1. The System menu takes you to system-wide settings such as deployment properties.
  2. The Authentication and OAuth & OpenID Connect sections contain views that are used to control the core functions of the Curity Identity Server.
  3. The Endpoints view lists all the endpoints exposed by the Curity Identity Server (e.g., the OAuth authorization or token endpoints), as well as gives you the current value for the issuer.
  4. The Changes menu includes options for applying, viewing or cancelling configuration changes. Use it also for uploading configuration in XML format.
  5. The admin menu allows you to log out.
  6. The Help menu provides helpful links.
  7. The Facilities menu contains all helper services such as data sources, certificates and email or sms services.

Feel free to switch between the modes and compare the Normal mode with the Expert mode by changing the value in the dropdown.

Next Steps

The system is now ready for OAuth and OpenID Connect. However, before you can start making OAuth calls you must set up user authentication. Follow the next tutorial to configure a username/password authenticator using the same data source as in this tutorial.

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