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SAML: Configuring Okta

    This guide walks you through configuring Okta as a SAML SSO identity provider (IdP) for the Pulumi Cloud.


    Creating the Okta Application

    The first step is to create a new Okta Application Integration. Of the various “sign-in methods” available, choose SAML 2.0.

    Creating an Okta Application

    Configuring the Application

    Next you will be guided through a wizard to configure the Okta application. The first step is to give it a name—Pulumi Cloud for example—and an icon.

    Configuring a SAML Integration

    The next step is to configure the SAML application’s settings.

    The values you need to use are dependent upon your Pulumi organization name. Be sure to replace <orgName> with your actual organization name.
    SAML SettingValue
    Single Sign-on URLhttps://api.pulumi.com/login/<orgName>/sso/saml/acs
    Audience URIhttps://api.pulumi.com/login/<orgName>/sso/saml/metadata
    Default Relay Statehttps://api.pulumi.com/login/<orgName>/sso
    Name ID FormatPersistent
    App usernameEmail

    Important: Do not change the value of the Name ID Format once your users have started using Pulumi. Once a given SAML identity has been associated with a user, any change to the username sent by Okta will result in login failures for that user.

    In addition, you can optionally provide two attribute statements so that users who sign in with their Okta credentials will have proper user names.


    If you plan on using SCIM, you will need to provide the above attributes, in addition to the email attribute.


    Configuration Settings

    User Assignments

    After the Pulumi SAML application has been created in Okta, the next step is to assign users to it. This will grant specific users or groups access to sign into Pulumi with their Okta-provided credentials.

    To assign users or groups to the application, navigate to the Assignments tab on the application page.

    User Assignments

    Configuring Your Pulumi Organization

    The final step is to configure the Pulumi Cloud with details on your new Okta-based SAML application. To do this, you need to obtain the IDP metadata document from Okta and then provide it to Pulumi.

    First, navigate to the Sign On tab on the application page and click the “View SAML setup instructions” link in the right column.

    View Setup Instructions

    Next, scroll to the bottom of the setup instructions and select the value in the large text box with the heading “Provide the following IDP metadata to your SP provider”. That’s the full SAML Identity Provider SSO descriptor, which contains all of the settings Pulumi needs to verify a user’s identity.

    SAML Application Metadata

    With the block of XML text in your clipboard, open the Pulumi Cloud and navigate to your SAML organization. Select the Settings tab, and then select Access Management.

    In the Membership Requirements section, select the Change requirements button.

    Select SAML SSO for the IDP and then Next.

    Paste the IDP metadata descriptor into the bottom card titled SAML SSO Settings. Then select Save at the bottom of the card.

    Pulumi Organization Settings

    Once the IDP metadata descriptor has been saved, you are all set to log into Pulumi.

    Configuring Session Lifetime

    The Pulumi Cloud uses the SessionNotOnOrAfter attribute in the AuthnStatement element to configure the session lifetime. To configure this in Okta, you must use a SAML assertion inline hook.

    The JSON payload the inline hook sends to Okta should contain the following:

      "commands": [
          "type": "com.okta.assertion.patch",
          "value": [
              "op": "add",
              "path": "/authentication/sessionLifetime",
              "value": 21600 // lifetime in seconds

    Signing into Pulumi using Okta

    Members of your Okta application can now sign into Pulumi. Navigate to https://app.pulumi.com/signin/sso/ and enter the name of your Pulumi organization.

    Pulumi Cloud


    If you run into any troubles configuring Okta, signing into Pulumi, or need some assistance, contact us.

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