Creating the App in Okta:

  • Log in to Okta as an admin (you will not be able to add an app without admin access to Okta)

  • From your dashboard, click “Add applications” then click “Create New App”

  • In the dialog box for “Create a New Application Integration”, ensure platform equals Web and you select the SAML 2.0 radio button. Then click create

  • Fill in the name of your app and add a logo on the next screen, then click next

  • On the SAML settings screen, use the following settings in the form then click next:

    • Single sign on URL: This should be the URL for your automate server plus /dex/callback. Example: https://your-automate.server/dex/callback
    • Audience URI: This will be the same URL as Single sign on URL
    • Default RelayState should be blank
    • Name ID Format should be Unspecified
    • Application Username should be Email
    • Under attributes you’ll want to create two:
      • Name: email Value:
      • Name: username Value: user.login

_For Information on Group Attribute Statements, refer to the Automate 2.0 documentation_

  • For the final okta page, you’ll select “I’m an Okta Customer adding an internal app”. The rest of the information on this page is optional. When you’re finished, click finish.

  • You will now be taken to an application overview page. Click “View Setup Instructions” under sign on methods.

  • Keep the Setup Instructions open for use in your config on the A2 server

Setting up SAML on the A2 server:

  • ssh to your A2 instance
  • create a file called saml.toml where we will put in configuration information
  • In the saml.toml file, you will need to add the following information in the example format listed in the image below:
    • ca_contents: this is the X.509 Certificate on the Setup Instructions page. Copy this and paste as the value for ca_contents. Use three double quotes to indicate a multiline string. (ex: """)
    • sso_url: This is the value for Identity Provider Single Sign-On URL listed on the Setup Instructions page in Okta
    • email_attr: The value for this should be email
    • username_attr: The value for this should be username
    • entity_issuer: This should be the URL for your automate server plus /dex/callback. Example: https://your-automate.server/dex/callback
  • Save and close the file

  • Now, run sudo ./chef-automate config patch saml.toml. You should get a success message that looks like the message below:

  • Navigate to your A2 instance in your browser and select the Log in with SAML option.


  • Clicking the tile in Okta is not currently supported. You will have to navigate in browser to your A2 instance as before.

Full setup documentation can be found at