Apereo CAS - Grouper Integrations

Posted by Misagh Moayyed on September 04, 2022 · 5 mins read ·

Apereo CAS can be configured for several possible integration options with Grouper, which is described as:

Grouper simplifies access management by letting you use the same group or role in many places in your organization. It automates changes to access privileges as a person’s role changes.

When it comes to connecting Grouper with Apereo CAS, one rather common use case might be to fetch and retrieve user groups from Grouper, turn them into regular attributes in CAS, and then design authorization rules and access strategies for applications based on those groups. This use case is the subject of this blog post.

This post specifically requires and focuses on:


To allow CAS to retrieve user groups from Grouper would mean that CAS would read all the groups from Grouper for the given CAS principal and adopts them as CAS attributes under a grouperGroups multi-valued attribute. To do so would be as quick as including this module into the CAS WAR overlay build:

implementation "org.apereo.cas:cas-server-support-grouper"

Optionally, we might also consider including the following settings in our cas.properties:


The subject-type is somewhat important; it indicates how the username passed to the attribute repository should be set and treated by the Grouper client library internally used by CAS to look up records.

Finally, you should of course configure the Grouper client library that is used by CAS to include the address of the Grouper server and other necessary settings. This is done via a src/main/resources/grouper.client.properties configuration file that at a minimum should contain the following:

# grouperClient.webService.url = https:/{grouper-server-address}/grouper-ws/servicesRest
# grouperClient.webService.login = ...
# grouperClient.webService.password = ...

Based on the above configuration and assuming the CAS server is configured to use LDAP for authentication, we could safely expect that if a casuser user logs in via LDAP, the end result should be an authenticated CAS principal for casuser whose group memberships are collected into a grouperGroups attribute. If you wanted to change this setup and allow CAS to query Grouper under a different user attribute (that is found for the user during the authentication event) you might consider setting up the following:


Access Strategy

Next, setting up the access strategy based on group memberships should prove quite simple. For example, the below policy grants access to the given application only if the user has a group membership that contains the text gmem-admin:

  "@class": "org.apereo.cas.services.CasRegisteredService",
  "serviceId": "https://library.example.org/admin",
  "name": "LibraryApp",
  "id": 1,
  "accessStrategy" : {
    "@class" : "org.apereo.cas.services.DefaultRegisteredServiceAccessStrategy",
    "requiredAttributes" : {
      "@class" : "java.util.HashMap",
      "grouperGroups" : [ "java.util.HashSet", [ ".*gmem-admin.*" ] ]

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Misagh Moayyed