Simple, personal OpenID

What is poit?

poit is a simple, single-user OpenID authentication server implementation with the following goals:

It is specifically geared towards people that demand total control of their OpenID identity without depending on another web application framework.


All releases.

git repository for poit is located at http://yangman.ca/git/poit

Installation and Configuration

poit is distributed as a single CGI script written in Python.


suEXEC and SSL support are preferred, but not required. However, running poit under suEXEC is strongly recommended for security reasons.


Simply copy poit.py into a location where .py files are executed as CGI scripts, and use its location as an OpenID 2.0 endpoint URL.

To create an initial configuration, execute poit.py from the command line and specify a new identity and passphrase. For example, to use http://mydomain.tld/ as your identity, run:

./poit.py --add-identity=http://mydomain.tld/ --passphrase

Optionally install the included poit.css stylesheet, or use one of the released versions hosted on this site. See below on configuring the stylesheet location.


By default, poit requires a configuration file located at ~/.config/poit.conf. If it is not found there, ~/.poit.conf and ./poit.conf are then chcked, in that order.

You can edit the configuration file manually in a text editor, or use the poit.py script itself to configure it. To use the script as a configuration tool, simply run it from the command line.


./poit.py --help
for supported options.

Not all supported options can be configured from the command line, and some options must be modified using an editor. Refer to the example configuration file below:

## Example poit.conf file
## Use this as a reference to modify your poit configuration after creating
## a default one using poit in command line mode.
## NOTE: Before version 1.0, groups and keys may change names or be removed
## without notice. Backwards compatibility will NOT be guaranteed.

# Duration of authenticated session in seconds; defaults to 21600
#session_time = 21600

# Special security handling. Set to 'none' or 'https'; defaults to 'none'
# https
#   Use this mode if you want to use SSL with a self-signed certificate.
#   Ensure your configured endpoint URL uses 'http://..' and not 'https://...'.
#policy = none

# Set this if exposing the server at a URL different from the script itself
#endpoint = http://domain.tld/openid

# Location to store session information; defaults to '~/.cache/poit'
#session_dir = ~/.cache/poit

# URL of stylesheet to use; defaults to './poit.css'
#stylesheet = ./poit.css

# Enable debugging output; cookie write does not work in this mode
#debug = False

# These two groups should not be modified manually. Use the command line tool.

Bugs and Patches

For support, bug reporting and contributing patches, please email me at yang@yangman.ca with "[poit]" in the subject line.

Alternatively, ping me on identi.ca(@yangman) or Twitter(@yangaroo).

You can also find me on IRC in #openid on irc.freenode.net.

© Yang Zhao yang@yangman.ca
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