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SAML with Okta

Okta provides cloud software that helps companies manage and secure user authentication to modern applications, and helps developers build identity controls into applications, website web services, and devices. Cloudflare Access can integrate SAML with Okta as an IdP.

Set up Okta as your IdP

To set up SAML with Okta as your IdP:

  1. Log in to your Okta Admin portal, and choose Applications.

  2. Click Add Application.

    Okta Applications page

  3. Click Create New App.

    Okta Create New App

    The Create a New Application Integration card displays.

  4. Select SAML 2.0.

    Okta Create a New Application Integration card

  5. Click Create.

    The Create SAML Integration card displays.

    Okta Create SAML Integration card

  6. Enter an App name.

  7. Click Next.

    The SAML Settings card displays.

    Okta SAML Settings card

  8. In the Single sign on URL and the Audience URI (SP Entity ID) fields, enter your authorization domain, and include this callback at the end of the path: /cdn-cgi/access/callback.

    Tip: You can find your organization’s authorization domain in Cloudflare Access. It begins with a subdomain unique to your organization and ends with the domain, including the callback path specified above.

  9. Select the value to pass from the Name ID drop-down list.

  10. In Attribute Statements Name field, enter “email” to create a new attribute.

  11. In the Value field, enter a user email.

  12. Click Next.

  13. Click Finish.

    Okta Create SAML Application page

    The Applications page displays.

  14. Click Assign Applications.

    The application name page displays where you assign groups or users who can access this application. Our example application name is samlapp.

  15. Click People or Groups.

    The Assign application name to Groups card displays, where you grant users or groups permission to access your application.

Okta Assign Application page

  1. Click Done.

    The assignments display on the Application page.

    Okta Role Assignments

  2. Choose the Sign On tab to retrieve the identity provider information.

    Okta SAML Settings Sign On page

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the screen, copy the metadata and save it as an XML file.

    Okta SAML Settings metadata field

  4. Name the metadata file sp-metadata.xml.

  5. In Cloudflare Access, scroll to Login Methods, click Add and select the SAML icon.

    Cloudflare Access Login Methods

    The Add a SAML identity provider card displays.

  6. Click to browse and select or drag the metadata file into the file upload box.

    Cloudflare Access Upload metadata file field

  7. Confirm that the field entries from the metadata file upload are accurate.

  8. Click Save and then Test.

    On successful connection to your Ping Identity deployment, a confirmation displays.

    Successful connection to your IdP

To manually enter metadata from your Okta IdP

  1. Copy and paste the following information into the Cloudflare Access Edit a SAML identity provider card.

    • Provider Name: Name your IdP.

    • Single Sign On URL: Enter the IdP Single-Sign-On URL.

    • IdP Entity ID: Enter the IdP issuer.

    • Signing Certificate: Copy the certificate from Okta in X.509 Certificate between Begin Certificate and End Certificate.

      aCloudflare Access Edita a SAML identity provider card

  2. After completing the information, enter the name “email” as your email attribute for the SAML assertion field.

  3. Click Save.

  4. Click Close.

  5. Click Save and then Test.

    On successful connection to your Okta deployment, a confirmation displays.

    Successful connection to your IdP

  6. Close the Edit a SAML identity provider card.

Download SP metadata (optional)

Some IdPs allow administrators to upload metadata files from their SP (service provider).

To get your Cloudflare metadata file:

  1. Download your unique SAML metadata file at the following URL:

    Replace authentication domain with your account’s Login Page Domain found in the Access tab in Cloudflare Access.

    In Cloudflare Access, you can find a link to this URL in the Edit a SAML identity provider dialog. The link returns a web page with your SAML SP data in XML format.

  2. Save the file in XML format.

  3. Upload the XML document to your Okta account.

Example API Configuration

{    "config": {        "issuer_url": "",        "sso_target_url": "",        "attributes": [            "email",            "group",            "email_attribute_name": "",            "sign_request": false,            "idp_public_cert": "MIIDpDCCAoygAwIBAgIGAV2ka+55MA0GCSqGSIb3DQEBCwUAMIGSMQswCQYDVQQGEwJVUzETMBEG\nA1UEC.....GF/Q2/MHadws97cZg\nuTnQyuOqPuHbnN83d/2l1NSYKCbHt24o"        ]    },    "type": "saml",    "name": "okta saml example"}