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SAML | 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 identity provider.

Set up Okta (SAML)

To set up SAML with Okta as your identity provider:

  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 team domain followed by this callback at the end of the path: /cdn-cgi/access/callback. For example:

  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

  16. Click Done.

    The assignments display on the Application page.

    Okta Role Assignments

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

    Okta SAML Settings Sign On page

  18. On the Teams dashboard, navigate to Configuration > Authentication.

  19. Click + Add under Login Methods, and select SAML.

  20. Copy and paste the following information into the relevant fields.

    • 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.
  21. Under Optional configurations, enter the name “email” as your SAML attribute.

  22. Click Save.

To test that your connection is working, navigate to Authentication > Login methods and click Test next to the login method you want to test.

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 <your-team-name> with your team name.

  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_attribute_name": "",
"sign_request": false,
"idp_public_cert": "MIIDpDCCAoygAwIBAgIGAV2ka+55MA0GCSqGSIb3DQEBCwUAMIGSMQswCQYDVQQGEwJVUzETMBEG\nA1UEC.....GF/Q2/MHadws97cZg\nuTnQyuOqPuHbnN83d/2l1NSYKCbHt24o"
"type": "saml",
"name": "okta saml example"