SAML Single-Sign On

This feature is only available on EE licensed instances of FlowForge.

FlowForge allows users to sign in through their SAML identity provider, such as Google Workspace.

The platform can be configured with multiple SAML configurations and uses the user's email domain to identify which identity provider should be used.

The user must already exist on the FlowForge platform before they can sign in via SSO.

Once enabled for a particular email domain, regular users on that domain will be directed to the Identity Provider in order to log in. They will no longer be able to log in with their local password, nor will they be able to change their email address in User Settings.

Admin users will still be able to log in with their original FlowForge username/password - this ensures they don't get locked out of the platform if there is a problem with the Identity Provider configuration.

Managing SAML SSO Configurations

The SAML SSO Configurations are managed by the platform Administrator under the Admin Settings > Settings > SSO section.

To fully configure SAML SSO, you will need to generate a configuration in FlowForge, provide some of the generated values to your Identity Provider, and copy back some values they provide.

Create a SAML SSO Configuration

  1. Click 'Create SSO SAML Configuration' to create a new config

  2. Give the configuration a name to help identify it, and provide the email domain name this configuration should apply to.

  3. Click 'Create configuration'

    At this point, the configuration has been created and metadata generated for the configuration, but it is not active.

  4. Copy the ACS URL and Entity ID / Issuer values as you will need to configure your Identity Provider with these values.

You can save the configuration at any time by clicking the Update configuration button. The configuration will only be enabled when you tick the active checkbox and save the changes.

Configure your Identify Provider

Every Identity Provider uses slightly different terminology and varies what information they require and what they provide. This can make it a tricky task to complete.

We provide specific guides for the providers we have verified below.

If you have a working configuration for a provider not listed here, please do share the details so we can add them to the list.

The general points are:

  1. Your Identity Provider will supply you with some of the following values that should be entered into your FlowForge SAML SSO Configuration:

    • Single Sign-On URL - also referred to as 'SAML Endpoint', 'Login URL' or 'IdP SSO URL'.
    • Issuer ID / URL
    • X.509 Certification Public Key - the public key of a certificate used to sign SAML requests.
  2. Configure the NameID SAML option to be EmailAddress and have it return the email of the user logging in. This is how FlowForge will verify they are a known user on the platform.

Enable your SAML SSO Configuration

Once you have setup both sides of the configuration you can enable it for use by ticking the active checkbox and clicking Update configuration.

Providers

The following is a non-exhaustive list of the providers that are known to work with FlowForge SAML SSO.

Google Workspace

Google provide a guide for creating a custom SAML Application here.

Google Workspace only supports HTTPS-based SSO URLs. You cannot use it when developing locally using http://localhost:3000.

The following table maps the Google Workspace terminology to the FlowForge settings.

FlowForge Setting Google Workspace Setting
Identity Provider Single Sign-On URL SSO URL
Identity Provider Issuer ID / URL Entity ID
X.509 Certificate Public Key Certificate

OneLogin

Follow this guide to create a OneLogin SAML Test Connector.

FlowForge Setting OneLogin Setting
Identity Provider Single Sign-On URL SAML 2.0 Endpoint (HTTP)
Identity Provider Issuer ID / URL Issuer URL
X.509 Certificate Public Key X.509 Certificate