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The LocalDynamicMetadataProvider fetches metadata from a local source dynamically as needed. The deployer is responsible for populating the local source with data, which may be done while the metadata provider is running. New metadata will be seen automatically the first time it is requested.

Use this provider with local metadata

The LocalDynamicMetadataProvider (added in V3.3.0) is used with local metadata. See the MetadataManagementBestPractices topic for more information.


A common use case will be to use a filesystem directory as the local source.  A convenience attribute sourceDirectory is supplied to facilitate this configuration.  In this case, the deployer adds XML files each containing a single <md:EntityDescriptor> element to the sourceDirectory.  By default, when using the sourceDirectory the file naming convention will be the lower case hex-encoded SHA-1 digest of the entityID, suffixed with ".xml".  For example, the metadata for the entity with entityID "urn:test:foobar" will be resolved from the sourceDirectory with filename "d278c9975472a6b4827b1a8723192b4e99aa969c.xml".

Note that with the default entityID digest mechanism, the digested value should not include any leading or trailing whitespace (in particular, no trailing new line character):

Example generating default source key with OpenSSL
$ echo -n "urn:test:foobar" | openssl sha1

Schema Names and location

The <MetadataProvider> element and the type LocalDynamicMetadataProvider are defined by the urn:mace:shibboleth:2.0:metadata schema, which can be located at


Any of the Common Attributes or the Dynamic Attributes may be configured. In addition, the following attributes are available on a LocalDynamicMetadataProvider:


Convenience mechanism for wiring a FilesystemLoadSaveManager, loading from the specified source directory in the local filesystem. This attribute will be ignored if sourceManagerRef is also specified.  Either this attribute or sourceManagerRef is required.

sourceManagerRefBean ID
Identifies the Spring bean for the XMLObjectLoadSaveManager which serves as the local source of metadata.  Either this attribute or sourceDirectory is required.
sourceKeyGeneratorRefBean IDinternal default instanceIdentifies a Spring bean for a Function which generates the string key used with the XMLObjectLoadSaveManager. The internal default implementation produces the lower-case hex-encoded SHA-1 digest of the entityID of the input criterion.  If the manager was effectively specified via sourceDirectory, then the internal default implementation suffixes this source key with ".xml".

Common Attributes

The following attributes are required on all metadata provider types:

idStringrequiredIdentifier for logging, identification for command line reload, etc.
xsi:typeStringrequiredSpecifies the exact type of provider to use (from those listed above, or a custom extension type).

The following attributes are common to all metadata provider types except the ChainingMetadataProvider type:




Whether candidate metadata found by the resolver must be valid in order to be returned (where validity is implementation specific, but in SAML cases generally depends on a validUntil attribute.) If this flag is true, then invalid candidate metadata will not be returned.


BooleantrueWhether to fail initialization of the underlying MetadataResolverService (and possibly the IdP as a whole) if the initialization of a metadata provider fails. When false, the IdP may start, and will continue to attempt to reload valid metadata if configured to do so, but operations that require valid metadata will fail until it does.
Defines the order in which metadata providers are searched (see below), can only be specified on top level <MetadataProvider> elements.
The following are advanced settings supporting a new low-level feature allowing metadata lookup by keys other than the unique entityID and are rarely of use to a deployer.
criterionPredicateRegistryRef 3.3Bean ID
Identifies the a custom CriterionPredicateRegistry bean used in resolving predicates from non-predicate input criteria.
useDefaultPredicateRegistry 3.3BooleantrueFlag which determines whether the default CriterionPredicateRegistry will be used if a custom one is not supplied explicitly.
satisfyAnyPredicates 3.3BooleanfalseFlag which determines whether predicates used in filtering are connected by a logical 'OR' (true) or by logical 'AND' (false).

Dynamic Attributes

The following attributes are common to all dynamic metadata providers (i.e., DynamicHTTPMetadataProvider and LocalDynamicMetadataProvider):

parserPoolRefBean IDshibboleth.ParserPoolIdentifies a Spring bean for the XML parser used to parse metadata. Generally should not be changed.
taskTimerRefBean ID
Identifies a Spring bean containing a Java TaskTimer used to schedule reloads. When not set, an internal timer is created. Generally should not be changed.
refreshDelayFactorReal Number (strictly between 0.0 and 1.0)0.75A factor applied to the initially determined refresh time in order to determine the next refresh time (typically to ensure refresh takes place prior to the metadata's expiration). Attempts to refresh metadata will generally begin around the product of this number and the maximum refresh delay.
minCacheDurationDurationPT10M (10 minutes)The minimum duration for which metadata will be cached before it is refreshed.
maxCacheDurationDurationPT8H (8 hours)The maximum duration for which metadata will be cached before it is refreshed.
maxIdleEntityDataDurationPT8H (8 hours)

The maximum duration for which metadata will be allowed to be idle (no requests for it) before it is removed from the cache.

removeIdleEntityDataBooleantrueFlag indicating whether idle metadata should be removed.
cleanupTaskInterval                          DurationPT30M (30 minutes)

The interval at which the internal cleanup task should run.  This task performs background maintenance tasks, such as the removal of expired and idle metadata.

persistentCacheManagerRef 3.3Bean ID
The optional manager for the persistent cache store for resolved metadata.  On metadata provider initialization, data present in the persistent cache will be loaded to memory, effectively restoring the state of the provider as closely as possible to that which existed before the previous shutdown.  Each individual cache entry will only be loaded if 1) the entry is still valid as determined by the internal provider logic, and 2) the entry passes the (optional) predicate supplied via initializationFromCachePredicateRef.
persistentCacheManagerDirectory 3.3File specification

The directory used for an internally-constructed filesystem-based persistent cache. This is a convenience parameter to avoid specifying a full bean via persistentCacheManagerRef. This option will be ignored if persistentCacheManagerRef is specified.

persistentCacheKeyGeneratorRef 3.3Bean IDinternal default instanceIdentifies a Spring bean for a Function which generates the string key used with the cache manager. The default implementation produces the lower-case hex-encoded SHA-1 digest of the entityID of the EntityDescriptor.
initializeFromPersistentCacheInBackground 3.3BooleantrueFlag indicating whether should initialize from the persistent cache in the background.  Initializing from the cache in the background will improve IdP startup times.
backgroundInitializationFromCacheDelay 3.3DurationPT2S (2 seconds)

The delay after which to schedule the background initialization from the persistent cache when initializeFromPersistentCacheInBackground=true.

initializationFromCachePredicateRef 3.3Bean IDan "always true" predicate

Identifies a Spring bean for an optional Predicate which determines whether a given entity should be loaded from the persistent cache at resolver initialization time.

The source directory and the cache directory must be distinct

The sourceDirectory and the persistentCacheManagerDirectory (if any) must be distinct. While it is possible, though probably unusual, to enable persistent caching of local metadata, do NOT rely on the same directory for both the source and the cache. This would cause the removal of cached metadata to actually remove the underlying metadata from your system.

Child Elements

Any of the following child elements may be specified (in order).

<MetadataFilter>0 or moreA metadata filter applied to candidate metadata as it flows through the metadata pipeline

The <MetadataFilter> child element is common to all metadata providers. The LocalDynamicMetadataProvider type has no child elements of its own.