A practical solution for universities and other institutions

With Single sign-on (SSO) you do not need a new user name and password to use Sketch Engine. Simply use your university or institutional login details. Your login details will stay safe, they are not 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.

Can my institution use SSO?

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

How to log in with SSO

On the login screen, click this link:


Type the name of your organisation on the next screen:


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


You can start using Sketch Engine. No personal information such as email or name is transferred 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

SSO attributes required by Sketch Engine

To assign a SSO authenticated request to an organisation licence in Sketch Engine, attribute eduPersonPrincipalName or attribute eduPersonScopedAffiliation (in both cases in the form of something@organisationID) is required. This enables the ‘anonymous account’ functionality in Sketch Engine.

To distinguish particular users within an organisation, attribute eduPersonPrincipalName (in the form of userID@something) or attribute eduPersonTargetedID is required. This enables the ‘full account’ functionality in Sketch Engine.

It is sufficient to provide any unique person identifier. Personal information such as name or email address is not required at all. We can adapt to other attributes if desired.