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Shibboleth Metadata Administration service

This page gives an overview of the Shibboleth Metadata Administration service (Metadata App), describing its current status, where and how it's developed and deployed, and who is responsible for maintaining it.

Service Description

This service allows web site administrators in the University to register web sites so that they work with the shibboleth provided by the Raven SAML2 service and subsequently to manage those registrations. This is achieved by uploading 'SAML Metadata' describing those sites.

Service Status

The Metadata App is currently live.


Technical queries and support should be directed to and will be picked up by a member of the team working on the service. To ensure that you receive a response, always direct requests to rather than reaching out to team members directly.

Issues discovered in the service or new feature requests should be opened as GitLab issues here.


The Metadata App is currently deployed to the following environments:

Name Main Application URL Django Admin URL

The GCP console pages for managing the infrastructure of each component of the deployment are:

Name Main Application Hosting Database
Production GCP Cloud Run GCP Cloud SQL (Postgres)
Staging GCP Cloud Run GCP Cloud SQL (Postgres)
Development GCP Cloud Run GCP Cloud SQL (Postgres)

All environments share access to a set of secrets stored in the meta-project Secret Manager.

Source code

The source code for the Metadata App is spread over the following repositories:

Repository Description
Application Server The source code for the main application server
Infrastructure Deployment The Terraform infrastructure code for deploying the application server to GCP

Technologies used

The following gives an overview of the technologies the Metadata App is built on.

Category Language Framework(s)
Web Application Python 3.8 Django 2.2
Database PostgreSQL 11 n/a

Operational documentation

The following gives an overview of how the Metadata App is deployed and maintained.

How and where the Metadata App is deployed

The database for metadata is a PostgreSQL database hosted by GCP Cloud SQL. The main web application is a classic Django application (not DRF), hosted by GCP Cloud Run.

The Metadata App infrastructure is deployed using Terraform, with releases of the main application application deployed by the GitLab CD pipelines associated with the infrastructure deployment repository.

Deploying a new release

The files in each of the source code repositories explain how to deploy the Metadata App.


The same method of monitoring the app is with Cloud Logs


For debugging the deployed app see "Monitoring" above. For debugging locally the application describes how the containerised app can be run.

Other operational documentation

Service Management and tech lead

The service owner for the Metadata App is Vijay Samtani.

The service manager for the Metadata App is Rich Wareham.

The tech lead for the Metadata App is Rich Wareham.

The following engineers have operational experience with the Metadata App and are able to respond to support requests or incidents: