Add sign-in with a SAML identity provider to a user pool (optional) - Amazon Cognito

Add sign-in with a SAML identity provider to a user pool (optional)

You can enable your app users to sign in through a SAML identity provider (IdP). Whether your users sign in directly or through a third party, all users have a profile in the user pool. Skip this step if you don't want to add sign in through a SAML identity provider.

For more information, see Using SAML identity providers with a user pool.

You must update your SAML identity provider and configure your user pool. For information about how to add your user pool as a relying party or application for your SAML 2.0 identity provider, see the documentation for your SAML identity provider.

You must also provide an assertion consumer service (ACS) endpoint to your SAML identity provider. Configure the following endpoint in your user pool domain for SAML 2.0 POST binding in your SAML identity provider. For more information about user pool domains, see Configuring a user pool domain.

https://Your user pool domain/saml2/idpresponse With an Amazon Cognito domain: https://<yourDomainPrefix>.auth.<region> With a custom domain: https://Your custom domain/saml2/idpresponse

You can find your domain prefix and the Region value for your user pool on the Domain name tab of the Amazon Cognito console.

For some SAML identity providers, you also need to provide the service provider (SP) urn, also called the audience URI or SP entity ID, in the format:


You can find your user pool ID on the General settings tab in the Amazon Cognito console.

You should also configure your SAML identity provider to provide attribute values for any attributes that are required in your user pool. Typically, email is a required attribute for user pools. In that case, the SAML identity provider should provide an email value (claim) in the SAML assertion.

Amazon Cognito user pools support SAML 2.0 federation with post-binding endpoints. This eliminates the need for your app to retrieve or parse SAML assertion responses because the user pool directly receives the SAML response from your identity provider through a user agent.

To configure a SAML 2.0 identity provider in your user pool
  1. Go to the Amazon Cognito console. If prompted, enter your AWS credentials.

  2. Choose User Pools.

  3. Choose an existing user pool from the list, or create a user pool.

  4. Choose the Sign-in experience tab. Locate Federated sign-in and select Add an identity provider.

  5. Choose a SAML social identity provider.

  6. Enter Identifiers separated by commas. An identifier tells Amazon Cognito it should check the email address that a user enters when they sign in. Then it directs them to the provider that corresponds to their domain.

  7. Choose Add sign-out flow if you want Amazon Cognito to send signed sign-out requests to your provider when a user logs out. You must configure your SAML 2.0 identity provider to send sign-out responses to the https://<your Amazon Cognito domain>/saml2/logout endpoint that is created when you configure the hosted UI. The saml2/logout endpoint uses the POST binding.


    If this option is selected and your SAML identity provider expects a signed logout request, you will also need to configure the signing certificate that is provided by Amazon Cognito with your SAML IdP.

    The SAML IdP will process the signed logout request and will log out your user from the Amazon Cognito session.

  8. Choose a Metadata document source. If your identity provider offers SAML metadata at a public URL, you can choose Metadata document URL and enter that public URL. Otherwise, choose Upload metadata document and select a metadata file you downloaded from your provider earlier.


    We recommend that you enter a metadata document URL if your provider has a public endpoint, rather than uploading a file. This allows Amazon Cognito to refresh the metadata automatically. Typically, metadata refresh happens every 6 hours or before the metadata expires, whichever is earlier.

  9. Select Map attributes between your SAML provider and your app to map SAML provider attributes to the user profile in your user pool. Include your user pool required attributes in your attribute map.

    For example, when you choose the User pool attribute email, enter the SAML attribute name as it appears in the SAML assertion from your identity provider. Your identity provider might offer sample SAML assertions for reference. Some identity providers use simple names, such as email, while others use URL-formatted attribute names, such as the following example:
  10. Choose Create.