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Single Sign-On

Your application needs to support Federated Single Sign-On, a common approach for an application to rely on an external identity provider. For web-based applications, Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is the standard. For mobile applications, many mobile solution vendors offer proprietary SDKs to provide support. Okta offers Okta Mobile Connect which is based on the SAML protocol.

For details on how to federate your application with SAML and Okta Mobile Connect, go to our Single Sign-On with Okta section for additional guidance.

Single Sign-On: Building an Integration with Okta

Use the following instructions to support single sign-on for your app in the public-facing Okta Application Network:

1. Prepare Your Application

Use Okta’s Single Sign-On with Okta guide for best practices on supporting SAML in your app which includes toolkits and testing tools.

2. Integrate Your App

  • Sign up for an Okta developer account.
  • In your Okta account (make sure you are signed in as an admin), use the App Wizard to build a Single Sign-on integration with Okta. For the more visually inclined, see our video for using the App Wizard.
  • Note: In the SAML Wizard step #3 Feedback, be sure to identify yourself as a Partner (“I’m a software vendor. I’d like to integrate my app with Okta”) and that you want to your app reviewed and promoted to the OAN (“Yes, my app integration is ready for public use in the Okta Application Network”)

App Wizard - Feedback

Select Is your app integration complete if you want your app added to the OAN. Okta won’t contact you until this option is selected.

Note: Okta doesn’t proactively add SWA-only, branded apps to the OAN. If you want a branded app in the OAN that only supports SWA to all customers, submit a request to developers@okta.com.

3. Need Help?

Get stuck or have questions? See our Okta Application Network FAQs (below), email developers@okta.com or post your questions on stackoverflow.

4. Partner with Okta (Optional)

Already part of the Okta App Network but looking for a more “go-to-market” partnership? Email developers@okta.com about becoming an Okta App Partner. App Partners are fully integrated with Okta and get access to great benefits like marketing support and a free version of Okta for your app.

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