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WSO2 API Manager provides the facility for users to share their applications and subscriptions with a specific logical group/groups such as an organization. Users can view and modify applications and subscriptions belonging to other users in the same group.  

WSO2 API Manager considers the organization name you enter when signing up to the API Store as the group ID. All the users specifying the same organization name belong to the same group; therefore, such users can view each others' subscriptions and applications provided that you have enabled group sharing. WSO2 API Manager also provides flexibility to change this default authentication implementation.

Enabling group sharing

You can enable application sharing with users in a single group or between users in multiple groups by following the steps below.

  1. Shut-down the server if its running
  2. Uncomment the <GroupingExtractor> element in the <API-M_HOME>/repository/conf/api-manager.xml file.

    <GroupingExtractor>org.wso2.carbon.apimgt.impl.DefaultGroupIDExtractorImpl</GroupingExtractor>

    This default extractor does not work with SAML SSO. To enable SAML SSO, you need to define the GroupingExtractor element as follows:

    <GroupingExtractor>org.wso2.carbon.apimgt.impl.SAMLGroupIDExtractorImpl</GroupingExtractor>
  3. Restart the server.

Sharing an application with multiple users

Group IDs are extracted using a GroupingExtractor class which is an implementation of NewPostLoginExecutor interface. The default implementation is done through the  DefaultGroupIDExtractorImpl class. The organization claim is extracted using the group ID. If a particular user is in more than one organization, provide the organizations as a string separated by commas. 

Share an application with multiple users who are in the same group or who are in multiple groups as follows: 

  1. Start WSO2 API Manager, navigate to the WSO2 Store, and click Sign-up.
  2. Sign up to the API store as two different users (e.g., usera, userb) belonging to the the same organizations. Click Show Additional Details to set the organization.

  3. Sign in as usera and add application App_A

  4. Enter the Group ID as org1 and press enter. Click Add. App_A will be shared with all the users in org1 group.

    If you have enabled group sharing, but if you have not entered a group ID under the Groups section, WSO2 API-M will by default share the application with the users who are in the same organization.

Using group sharing

You can use group sharing as follows:

  1. Sign out of the API Store. 
  2. Sign in to the API Store as userb
  3. Go to the Applications tab. You will see App_A which was added by usera.

    Note that the name of the application creator is appended to the application name to differentiate the applications.
  4. Subscribe to the default API using App_A.
  5. Log in to the API Store as usera. The subscriptions for App_A by userb will be displayed.

Extending the group ID extractor

The default implementation picks the organization claim as the group ID. The organization names are returned in a string array. To use a different claim or a different type of group ID , should create your own group ID extractor class by extending NewPostLoginExecutor interface and overriding the method below.

String[] getGroupingIdentifierList(String response);


This particular method will be called when a user is logging into the store and it will return all the groupIds for the logged in user. After logging in users will be able to see the applications created by themselves, and the applications shared with groupIds returned by getGroupingIdentifierList method.

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