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Select your method
There are two ways to perform the integration. The classic IAM SAML way, or the 'newer' IAM Identity Center way. This all depends on your preference and needs.
Method 1: Classic IAM
Create an application in authentik and note the slug, as this will be used later. Create a SAML provider with the following parameters:
- ACS URL:
You can of course use a custom signing certificate, and adjust durations.
Create a role with the permissions you desire, and note the ARN.
After you've created the Property Mappings below, add them to the Provider.
Create an application, assign policies, and assign this provider.
Export the metadata from authentik, and create an Identity Provider here.
The Role mapping specifies the AWS ARN(s) of the identity provider, and the role the user should assume (see).
This Mapping needs to have the SAML Name field set to "https://aws.amazon.com/SAML/Attributes/Role"
As expression, you can return a static ARN like so
Or, if you want to assign AWS Roles based on Group membership, you can add a custom attribute to the Groups, for example "aws_role", and use this snippet below. Groups are sorted by name and later groups overwrite earlier groups' attributes.
role_name = user.group_attributes().get("aws_role", "")
If you want to allow a user to choose from multiple roles, use this snippet
The RoleSessionMapping specifies what identifier will be shown at the top of the Management Console (see).
This mapping needs to have the SAML Name field set to "https://aws.amazon.com/SAML/Attributes/RoleSessionName".
To use the user's username, use this snippet
Method 2: IAM Identity Center
- A certificate to sign SAML assertions is required. You can use authentik's default certificate, or provide/generate one yourself.
- You may pre-create an AWS application.
How to integrate with AWS
- In AWS navigate to: IAM Identity Center -> Settings -> Identity Source (tab)
- On the right side click Actions -> Change identity source
- Select External Identity Provider
- Under Service Provider metadata download the metadata file.
Now go to your authentik instance, and perform the following steps.
- Under Providers create a new SAML Provider from metadata. Give it a name, and upload the metadata file AWS gave you.
- Click Next. Give it a name, and close the file.
- If you haven't done so yet, create an application for AWS and connect the provider to it.
- Navigate to the provider you've just created, and then select Edit
- Copy the Issuer URL to the Audience field.
- Under Advanced Protocol Settings set a Signing Certificate
- Save and Close.
- Under Related Objects download the Metadata file, and the Signing Certificate
Now go back to your AWS instance
- Under Identity provider metadata upload both the the Metadata file and Signing Certificate that authentik gave you.
- Click Next.
- In your settings pane, under the tab Identity Source, click Actions -> Manage Authentication.
- Take note of the AWS access portal sign-in URL (this is especially important if you changed it from the default).
Now go back to your authentik instance.
- Navigate to the Application that you created for AWS and click Edit.
- Under UI Settings make sure the Start URL matches the AWS access portal sign-in URL
Caveats and Troubleshooting
- Users need to already exist in AWS in order to use them through authentik. AWS will throw an error if it doesn't recognise the user.
- In case you're stuck, you can see the SSO logs in Amazon CloudTrail -> Event History. Look for
Optional: Automated provisioning with SCIM
Some people may opt TO USE the automatic provisioning feature called SCIM (System for Cross-domain Identity Management). SCIM allows you to synchronize (part of) your directory to AWS's IAM, saving you the hassle of having to create users by hand. In order to do so, take the following steps in your AWS Identity Center:
- In your Settings pane, locate the Automatic Provisioning information box. Click Enable.
- AWS will give you an SCIM Endpoint and a Access Token. Take note of these values.
Go back to your authentik instance
Navigate to Providers -> Create
Select SCIM Provider
Give it a name, under URL enter the SCIM Endpoint, and then under Token enter the Access Token AWS provided you with.
Optionally, change the user filtering settings to your liking. Click Finish
Go to Customization -> Property Mappings
Click Create -> SCIM Mapping
Make sure to give the mapping a name that's lexically lower than
authentik default, for example
AWS SCIM User mapping
As the expression, enter:
# This expression strips the default mapping from its 'photos' attribute,
# which is a forbidden property in AWS IAM.
Click Save. Navigate back to your SCIM provider, click Edit
Under User Property Mappings select the default mapping and the mapping that you just created.
Navigate to your application, click Edit.
Under Backchannel providers add the SCIM provider that you created.
The SCIM provider syncs automatically whenever you create/update/remove users, groups, or group membership. You can manually sync by going to your SCIM provider and clicking Run sync again. After the SCIM provider has synced, you should see the users and groups in your AWS IAM center.