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Configuring SAML single sign-on for Enterprise Managed Users

You can automatically manage access to your enterprise account on GitHub by configuring Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) single sign-on (SSO).

Who can use this feature?

Enterprise Managed Users is available for new enterprise accounts on GitHub Enterprise Cloud. See "About Enterprise Managed Users."

Before following the steps in this article, make sure that your enterprise uses managed users. You can do so by checking whether your enterprise view has the "Users managed by ACCOUNT NAME" header bar at the top of the screen. If you see this, your enterprise uses managed users and you can follow the steps in this article.

If your enterprise uses personal accounts, you must follow a different process to configure SAML single sign-on. See "Configuring SAML single sign-on for your enterprise."

About SAML SSO for Enterprise Managed Users

With Enterprise Managed Users, access to your enterprise's resources on must be authenticated through your identity provider (IdP). Instead of signing in to GitHub with a GitHub username and password, members of your enterprise will sign in through your IdP.

After you configure SAML SSO, we recommend storing your recovery codes so you can recover access to your enterprise in the event that your IdP is unavailable.

If you currently use SAML SSO for authentication and would prefer to use OIDC and benefit from CAP support, you can follow a migration path. For more information, see "Migrating from SAML to OIDC."


  • Understand the integration requirements and level of support for your IdP. See "About Enterprise Managed Users."
  • Your IdP must adhere to the SAML 2.0 specification. See the SAML Wiki on the OASIS website.
  • You must have tenant administrative access to your IdP.
  • If you're configuring SAML SSO for a new enterprise, make sure to complete all previous steps in the initial configuration process. See "Getting started with Enterprise Managed Users."

Configure SAML SSO for Enterprise Managed Users

To configure SAML SSO for your enterprise with managed users, you must configure an application on your IdP, then configure your enterprise on After you configure SAML SSO, you can configure user provisioning.

  1. Configure your IdP
  2. Configure your enterprise
  3. Enable provisioning

Configure your IdP

  1. If you use a partner IdP, to install the GitHub Enterprise Managed User application, click one of the following links.

  2. To configure SAML SSO for Enterprise Managed Users on your IdP, read the following documentation. If you don't use a partner IdP, you can use the SAML configuration reference for GitHub Enterprise Cloud to create and configure a generic SAML 2.0 application on your IdP.

  3. To test and configure your enterprise, assign yourself or the user that will configure SAML SSO for your enterprise on to the application you configured for Enterprise Managed Users on your IdP.


    In order to test a successful authentication connection upon configuration, at least one user must be assigned to the IdP.

  4. To continue configuring your enterprise on, locate and note the following information from the application you installed on your IdP.

    ValueOther namesDescription
    IdP Sign-On URLLogin URL, IdP URLApplication's URL on your IdP
    IdP Identifier URLIssuerIdP's identifier to service providers for SAML authentication
    Signing certificate, Base64-encodedPublic certificatePublic certificate that IdP uses to sign authentication requests

Configure your enterprise

After you configure SAML SSO for Enterprise Managed Users on your IdP, you can configure your enterprise on

After the initial configuration of SAML SSO, the only setting you can update on for your existing SAML configuration is the SAML certificate. If you need to update the sign-on URL or issuer URL, you must first disable SAML SSO, then reconfigure SAML SSO with the new settings. For more information, see "Disabling authentication and provisioning for Enterprise Managed Users."

  1. Sign into as the setup user for your enterprise with the username SHORT-CODE_admin, replacing SHORT-CODE with your enterprise's short code.

    Note: If you need to reset the password for your setup user, contact GitHub Support through the GitHub Support portal.

  2. In the top-right corner of GitHub, click your profile photo, then click Your enterprises.

  3. In the list of enterprises, click the enterprise you want to view.

  4. On the left side of the page, in the enterprise account sidebar, click Settings.

  5. Under Settings, click Authentication security.

  6. Under "SAML single sign-on", select Require SAML authentication.

  7. Under Sign on URL, type the HTTPS endpoint of your IdP for SSO requests that you noted while configuring your IdP.

  8. Under Issuer, type your SAML issuer URL that you noted while configuring your IdP, to verify the authenticity of sent messages.

  9. Under Public Certificate, paste the certificate that you noted while configuring your IdP, to verify SAML responses.

  10. Under your public certificate, to the right of the current signature and digest methods, click .

    Screenshot of the current signature method and digest method in the SAML settings. The pencil icon is highlighted with an orange outline.

  11. Select the Signature Method and Digest Method dropdown menus, then click the hashing algorithm used by your SAML issuer.

  12. Before enabling SAML SSO for your enterprise, to ensure that the information you've entered is correct, click Test SAML configuration. This test uses Service Provider initiated (SP-initiated) authentication and must be successful before you can save the SAML settings.

  13. Click Save.

    Note: After you require SAML SSO for your enterprise, the setup user will no longer have access to the enterprise but will remain signed in to GitHub. Only managed user accounts provisioned by your IdP will have access to the enterprise.

  14. To ensure you can still access your enterprise on if your IdP is unavailable in the future, click Download, Print, or Copy to save your recovery codes. For more information, see "Downloading your enterprise account's single sign-on recovery codes."

Enable provisioning

After you enable SAML SSO, enable provisioning. For more information, see "Configuring SCIM provisioning for Enterprise Managed Users."

Enable guest collaborators

You can use the role of guest collaborator to grant limited access to vendors and contractors in your enterprise. Unlike enterprise members, guest collaborators only have access to internal repositories within organizations where they are a member.

If you use Entra ID or Okta for SAML authentication, you may need to update your IdP application to use guest collaborators. For more information, see "Enabling guest collaborators."