A practical solution for universities and other institutions

Log in with your institutional login details

With Single sign-on (SSO) you do not need a new user name and password. Simply use your university or institutional login details. Your login details will not be shared with Sketch Engine.

Difference between SSO and IP authentication

  • SSO is able to distinguish individual users, hence all users may have access to all functions, including those that are user-space oriented like building corpora and subcorpora (e.g. using WebBootCat).
  • IP authentication identifies a machine, not a user, therefore user features, such as creating user corpora or saving view preferences, are not available
  • SSO makes it possible to access Sketch Engine from anywhere
  • IP authentication is usually limited to the machines within the university network

For price comparison please refer to our price list.

How to log in with SSO?

  • Select SSO or Institutional login on the Sketch Engine login screen.
  • Select your institution from the list.
  • Use your institutional login details.
  • After successful authentication, you will be redirected back to Sketch Engine.

Can my institution use SSO?

Your institution has to be a member of one of the following identity federations to use SSO:

Which user interface do you use?

New user interface (beta)

in detail

Visit https://beta.sketchengine.co.uk/ and click Institutional login on the right

Type a few letters from the name of your university or institution. When you see the name, select it by clicking it.

Click Continue and the login page of your university or institution will open.

Use your university or institutional login details to authorise yourself with your university/institution.

After successful authorisation, you will be redirected back to Sketch Engine as a logged-in user and you can start using it.

Previous user interface

in detail

Visit the  login screen here https://the.sketchengine.co.uk/login/ and click SSO:


Type the name of your organisation on the next screen:


Use your username and password issued by your organisation to log in.


You will be redirected back to Sketch Engine.

Technical information

Technical definition of SSO

Single sign-on (SSO) is a property of access control of multiple related, but independent software systems. With this property, a user logs in once and gains access to all systems without being prompted to log in again at each of them. (From Wikipedia)

Technical example of use

SAML 2.0 attributes required by Sketch Engine

To assign a SSO authenticated request to an organisation licence and a user profile in Sketch Engine, the following SAML 2.0 attributes should be released by the identity provider:

  • eduPersonScopedAffiliation (urn:oid: or eduPersonPrincipalName (urn:oid: – mandatory,
  • eduPersonTargetedID (urn:oid: or eduPersonPrincipalName (urn:oid: – mandatory,
  • email (urn:oid:0.9.2342.19200300.100.1.3) – optional (enables responding to user’s support requests, the user will be asked to supply this information if not released by the identity provider),
  • displayName (urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113730.3.1.241) – optional (enables person identification within the organisation, the user will be asked to supply this information if not released by the identity provider).

An institution can be checked in the eduGAIN Entities Database for membership and SAML 2.0 support.