Open ID


Just find out the new and interesting technology on the Internet recently. Call as OpenID ...


What is OpenID?

OpenID eliminates the need for multiple usernames across different websites, simplifying your online experience.


You get to choose the OpenID Provider that best meets your needs and most importantly that you trust. At the same time, your OpenID can stay with you, no matter which Provider you move to. And best of all, the OpenID technology is not proprietary and is completely free.

For businesses, this means a lower cost of password and account management, while drawing new web traffic. OpenID lowers user frustration by letting users have control of their login.

For geeks, OpenID is an open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity. OpenID takes advantage of already existing internet technology (URI, HTTP, SSL, Diffie-Hellman) and realizes that people are already creating identities for themselves whether it be at their blog, photostream, profile page, etc. With OpenID you can easily transform one of these existing URIs into an account which can be used at sites which support OpenID logins.

OpenID is still in the adoption phase and is becoming more and more popular, as large organizations like AOL, Microsoft, Sun, Novell, etc. begin to accept and provide OpenID . Today it is estimated that there are over 160-million OpenID enabled URIs with nearly ten-thousand sites supporting OpenID logins.

Who Owns or Controls OpenID ?

OpenID has arisen from the open source community to solve the problems that could not be easily solved by other existing technologies. OpenID is a lightweight method of identifying individuals that uses the same technology framework that is used to identify websites. As such, OpenID is not owned by anyone, nor should it be. Today, anyone can choose to be an OpenID user or an OpenID Provider for free without having to register or be approved by any organization.

The OpenID Foundation was formed to assist the open source model by providing a legal entity to be the steward for the community by providing needed infrastructure and generally helping to promote and support expanded adoption of OpenID .

As Brad Fitzpatrick (the father of OpenID ) said, “Nobody should own this. Nobody’s planning on making any money from this. The goal is to release every part of this under the most liberal licenses possible, so there’s no money or licensing or registering required to play. It benefits the community as a whole if something like this exists, and we’re all a part of the community.”

This statement continues to resonate today within the OpenID community.


Where can I use my OpenID?

You can use your OpenID on any one of a growing number of sites (nearly ten-thousand) which support OpenID. If one of your favorite sites doesn’t support OpenID yet, ask them when they will!

Here are some places you can visit to see where you can use your OpenID to log in today:

Don’t see OpenID support yet?

If you’re wanting to ask a site to support OpenID, feel free to use the following email template:

Hey <sitename>,
I'm an avid user of your site and know that you like to be on the leading
edge when it comes to innovative technologies. I'd like to see you
support OpenID ( as it allows me to use your site
more easily. With OpenID I'm able to come to your site and sign-in
with my OpenID, removing the need to create yet another username and
password which means that you're able to sign-up more people.

OpenID is really easy to integrate and allows users from many large
sites such as AOL, LiveJournal, and WordPress to login with just a few
clicks. I encourage you to check out or join the
mailing list [email protected].


How do I get an OpenID?

Surprise! You may already have one. If you use any of the following services, you already have your own OpenID:

Orange (France Telecom)

Well Known & Simple Providers

If you don’t have an OpenID yet, here are a few which are generally recommended by various members of the community. In the end you should choose a Provider from a company which you trust. We realize this list isn’t perfect and plan to evolve it into a more useful tool.


    Free OpenID Provider with support for groups and Korean language.

  • myVidoop

    Free OpenID Provider that eliminates passwords with security features, customization, and browser integration.

If you’re more curious about the technology, you can also learn more about the features that some of the popular providers offer.

All Providers

For a list of more OpenID Providers, check the list on the wiki. We don’t make any guarantees about the providers listed, though most are quite good.

Roll Your Own

Of course, you can always use your own URI, blog URL, website, etc as your OpenID. Delegation is the simplest way to get up and running with OpenID and Sam Ruby wrote a great tutorial. Delegation requires nothing more than an OpenID Provider and some basic HTML. If you’re wanting to host your own OpenID Provider, you’ll also need some coding experience. phpMyID is a simple open source PHP script that lets you fully host your own Provider. If you’re wanting to do something more complex, check out our page on OpenID for Developers.


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