PingFederate supplies HTML templates, located in the <pf_install>/pingfederate/server/default/conf/template directory, to provide information to the end-users or to request user input when processing their requests.
The PingFederate HTML templates utilize the Velocity template engine, an open-source Apache project. For more information about Velocity, please refer to the Velocity project documentation on the Apache website at https://velocity.apache.org.
You can modify most of these pages in a text editor to suit the particular branding and informational needs of your PingFederate installation. CSS and images for these pages are included in the template/assets subdirectory. Each page contains both Velocity constructs and standard HTML. The Velocity engine interprets the commands embedded in the template page before the HTML is rendered in the user's browser. At runtime, PingFederate supplies values for the Velocity variables used in the template.
Each template contains specific variables that can be used for rendering the associated web page. You can see the variables and usage examples in the comments of each template. The following table describes variables that are available across all templates.
|$escape||A utility class that can be used to escape String variables inserted
into the template, such as
Use the $escape variable to escape external data, such as request parameters, to mitigate the risk of potential cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.
|$HttpServletRequest||A Java object instance of
|$HttpServletResponse||A Java object instance of
|$locale||A Java object instance of
|$CurrentPingFedBaseURL||The host name found in the request, provided that it matches either the PingFederate's base URL or one of the configured virtual host names.|
|$PingFedBaseURL||The PingFederate base URL.
For most deployments, use the $CurrentPingFedBaseURL variable instead of the $PingFedBaseURL variable.
|$templateMessages||Used to localize messages in the template, based on user's Locale, an
|$TrackingId||The user's session tracking ID.|
At runtime, the user's browser is directed to the appropriate page, depending on the operation being performed and where the related condition occurs. For example, if a single sign-on (SSO) error occurs during identity provider (IdP)-initiated SSO, the user's browser is directed to the IdP's SSO error-handling page.
Applications can override the PingFederate server-hosted pages provided specifically for SSO and single logout (SLO) errors by specifying a URL value in the relevant application endpoint's InErrorResource parameter. Administrators can override SSO and SLO success pages by specifying default URLs on the SP Default URLs window ( ) or the IdP Default URL window ( ).
The Velocity templates retrieve titles and other text from a message-property file, pingfederate-messages.properties, located in the <pf_install>/pingfederate/server/default/conf/language-packs directory. You can also localize these messages using the PingFederate localization framework.
If you have a clustered PingFederate environment, copy the customized, and localized, templates to each node.