OAuth/OpenID Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence using Azure AD

Confluence OAuth/OpenID app gives the ability to enable OAuth/OpenID Single Sign-On for Confluence. Confluence is compatible with all OAuth/OpenID Providers. Here we will go through a guide to configure SSO between Confluence and Azure AD. By the end of this guide, Azure AD users should be able to log in and register to Confluence.

Step 1: Setup Azure Active Directory as OAuth Provider

  • Sign in to Azure portal.
  • In the left-hand navigation pane, click the Azure Active Directory service, click App registrations, and click New application registration.
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  • When the Create page appears, enter your application's registration information:
  • Name : Name of your application.
    Application type :
    1. Select "Native" for client applications that are installed locally on a device. This setting is used for OAuth public native clients
    2. Select "Web app / API" for client applications and resource/API applications that are installed on a secure server. This setting is used for OAuth confidential web clients and public user-agent-based clients. The same application can also expose both a client and resource/API.
    Sign-on URL :
    1. For "Web app / API" applications, provide the base URL of your app. eg, https://<domain-name>/oauth/callback might be the URL for a web app running on your local machine. Users would use this URL to sign in to a web client application.
    2. For "Native" applications, provide the URI used by Azure AD to return token responses. Enter a value specific to your application.
      eg, https://localhost:8090
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  • When finished, click Create. Azure AD assigns a unique Application ID to your application. Copy Application ID, this will be your Client ID.
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  • Click on Settings > Keys.
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  • Enter description and expiration time. Click on Save option.
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  • Copy value. This will be your Secret key.
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  • Get Tenant ID : Click on Azure Active Directory > Properties. Copy Directory ID. This Directory ID will be your Tenant ID.
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  • Enter application Home page URL Logout Settings->Properties->Logout URL.


Step 2: Setup Confluence as OAuth Client

  • Go to Configure OAuth tab and configure Client ID, Client Secret, Tenant ID
  • scope as User.Read and for fetching group info use scope is Directory.read.all.
  • Click on Test Configuration.
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Step 3: User Profile

    We will be setting up user profile attributes for Confluence. If your users are stored in a directory that is Read Only, please check Disable Attribute Mapping in User Profile tab and follow steps given in Matching a User.

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    a. Finding correct attributes
  • Go to Configure OAuth tab. Scroll down and click on Test Configuration.
  • You will see all the values returned by your IDP to Confluence in a table. If you don't see value for First Name, Last Name, Email or Username, make the required settings in your IDP to return this information.
  • Once you see all the values in Test Configuration, keep the window open and go to User Profile tab.
  • b. Setting profile attributes
  • In this tab, fill the values by matching the name of the attribute. For instance, if the Attribute Name in the Test Configuration window is NameID, enter NameID against Username
  • Setting up both Username and Email is required if you want to let users register. If you want existing users to the only login, configure the attribute using which you will match the user in Confluence.
  • c. Matching a User
    When the user logs into Confluence, one of the user's data/attribute coming in from the IDP is used to search the user in Confluence. This is used to detect the user in Confluence and log in the user to the same account.
  • Go to User Profile tab
  • Select Username or Email for Login/Search Confluence user account by
  • Enter the attribute name from IDP which corresponds to Username or Email using Finding Correct Attributes

Step 4: User Groups

    We will be setting up user group attributes for Confluence. If your users are stored in a directory that is Read Only, please check Disable Group Mapping in User Groups tab and skip to Setting default group.

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    a. Finding Group Attribute
  • Just like we found Attribute Name for User Profile attributes, we find group attribute.
  • Go to Configure OAuth tab. Scroll down and click on Test Configuration.
  • You will see all the values returned by your IDP to Confluence in a table. If you don't see value with groups, make the required settings in your IDP to return group names.
  • Once you see all the values in Test Configuration, keep the window open and go to User Groups tab.
  • Enter the Attribute Name of group against Group Attribute
  • At the bottom of the page, all groups in Confluence are shown. You can map groups in IDP which correspond to Confluence groups. For example, if you want all users in dev-ops and dev groups in IDP to be added to confluence-users, you will need to enter dev-ops;dev against confluence-users
  • If you want user mapping to work for only limited groups in Confluence, check the option Update User Groups

  • b. Setting default group
  • Select the users' Default Group in the tab User Groups. If no group is mapped, users are added by default to this group.
  • You can enable default groups for all users or only new users using the option Enable Default Groups for.

Step 5: Sign In Settings

    The settings in SSO Settings tab define the user experience for Single Sign On.
  • Set Enable SSO for Confluence Software to allow SSO for Confluence Software users.
  • Set button text for button on login page using Login Button Text
  • Set redirect URL after login using Relay State. Keep this empty for coming back to the same page user started from
  • Enable Auto-redirect to IDP if you want to allow users to login only using IDP. Enable backdoor for emergency
  • Select Secure Admin Login Options to control admin access.
  • Domain Restriction : Go to Sign In Settings, enter domain name which should be allowed for login. Eg. Allowed Domain is miniorange.com then the user with abc@miniorange.com can only able to do login.
  • Set Logout URL or Logout Template to redirect users after logout action.


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