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SCIM Provisioning for Organizations

The SCIM API is used by SCIM-enabled Identity Providers (IdPs) to automate provisioning of GitHub organization membership. The GitHub API is based on version 2.0 of the SCIM standard. The GitHub SCIM endpoint that an IdP should use is: https://api.github.com/scim/v2/organizations/{org}/.

Note: The SCIM API is available only to organizations on GitHub Enterprise Cloud with SAML SSO enabled. For more information about SCIM, see "About SCIM."

Authenticating calls to the SCIM API

You must authenticate as an owner of a GitHub organization to use its SCIM API. The API expects an OAuth 2.0 Bearer token to be included in the Authorization header. You may also use a personal access token, but you must first authorize it for use with your SAML SSO organization.

Mapping of SAML and SCIM data

The SAML IdP and the SCIM client must use matching NameID and userName values for each user. This allows a user authenticating through SAML to be linked to their provisioned SCIM identity.

Supported SCIM User attributes

NameTypeDescription
userNamestringThe username for the user.
name.givenNamestringThe first name of the user.
name.lastNamestringThe last name of the user.
emailsarrayList of user emails.
externalIdstringThis identifier is generated by the SAML provider, and is used as a unique ID by the SAML provider to match against a GitHub user. You can find the externalID for a user either at the SAML provider, or using the List SCIM provisioned identities endpoint and filtering on other known attributes, such as a user's GitHub username or email address.
idstringIdentifier generated by the GitHub SCIM endpoint.
activebooleanUsed to indicate whether the identity is active (true) or should be deprovisioned (false).

Note: Endpoint URLs for the SCIM API are case sensitive. For example, the first letter in the Users endpoint must be capitalized:

GET /scim/v2/organizations/{org}/Users/{scim_user_id}

List SCIM provisioned identities

Retrieves a paginated list of all provisioned organization members, including pending invitations. If you provide the filter parameter, the resources for all matching provisions members are returned.

When a user with a SAML-provisioned external identity leaves (or is removed from) an organization, the account's metadata is immediately removed. However, the returned list of user accounts might not always match the organization or enterprise member list you see on GitHub. This can happen in certain cases where an external identity associated with an organization will not match an organization member:

  • When a user with a SCIM-provisioned external identity is removed from an organization, the account's metadata is preserved to allow the user to re-join the organization in the future.
  • When inviting a user to join an organization, you can expect to see their external identity in the results before they accept the invitation, or if the invitation is cancelled (or never accepted).
  • When a user is invited over SCIM, an external identity is created that matches with the invitee's email address. However, this identity is only linked to a user account when the user accepts the invitation by going through SAML SSO.

The returned list of external identities can include an entry for a null user. These are unlinked SAML identities that are created when a user goes through the following Single Sign-On (SSO) process but does not sign in to their GitHub account after completing SSO:

  1. The user is granted access by the IdP and is not a member of the GitHub organization.

  2. The user attempts to access the GitHub organization and initiates the SAML SSO process, and is not currently signed in to their GitHub account.

  3. After successfully authenticating with the SAML SSO IdP, the null external identity entry is created and the user is prompted to sign in to their GitHub account:

    • If the user signs in, their GitHub account is linked to this entry.
    • If the user does not sign in (or does not create a new account when prompted), they are not added to the GitHub organization, and the external identity null entry remains in place.
get /scim/v2/organizations/{org}/Users

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

org string path
startIndex integer query

Used for pagination: the index of the first result to return.

count integer query

Used for pagination: the number of results to return.

filter string query

Filters results using the equals query parameter operator (eq). You can filter results that are equal to id, userName, emails, and external_id. For example, to search for an identity with the userName Octocat, you would use this query:

?filter=userName%20eq%20\"Octocat\".

To filter results for for the identity with the email octocat@github.com, you would use this query:

?filter=emails%20eq%20\"octocat@github.com\".

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://api.github.com/scim/v2/organizations/ORG/Users
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('GET /scim/v2/organizations/{org}/Users', {
  org: 'org'
})

Response with filter

Status: 200 OK
{
  "schemas": [
    "urn:ietf:params:scim:api:messages:2.0:ListResponse"
  ],
  "totalResults": 1,
  "itemsPerPage": 1,
  "startIndex": 1,
  "Resources": [
    {
      "schemas": [
        "urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:core:2.0:User"
      ],
      "id": "5fc0c238-1112-11e8-8e45-920c87bdbd75",
      "externalId": "00u1dhhb1fkIGP7RL1d8",
      "userName": "octocat@github.com",
      "name": {
        "givenName": "Mona",
        "familyName": "Octocat"
      },
      "emails": [
        {
          "value": "octocat@github.com",
          "primary": true,
          "type": "work"
        }
      ],
      "active": true,
      "meta": {
        "resourceType": "User",
        "created": "2018-02-13T15:05:24.000-08:00",
        "lastModified": "2018-02-13T15:05:55.000-08:00",
        "location": "https://api.github.com/scim/v2/organizations/octo-org/Users/5fc0c238-1112-11e8-8e45-920c87bdbd75"
      }
    }
  ]
}

Notes


Provision and invite a SCIM user

Provision organization membership for a user, and send an activation email to the email address.

post /scim/v2/organizations/{org}/Users

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

org string path
schemas array of strings body

Required. The SCIM schema URIs.

userName string body

Required. The username for the user.

name object body

Required. undefined

Properties of the name object

givenName (string)

Required. The first name of the user.

familyName (string)

Required. The last name of the user.

emails array of objects body

Required. List of user emails.

Properties of the emails items

value (string)

Required. The email address.

type (string)

Required. The type of email address.

primary (boolean)

Required. Whether this email address is the primary address.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -X POST \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://api.github.com/scim/v2/organizations/ORG/Users \
  -d '{"schemas":["schemas"],"userName":"userName","name":{"givenName":"givenName","familyName":"familyName"},"emails":["octocat@github.com"]}'
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('POST /scim/v2/organizations/{org}/Users', {
  org: 'org',
  schemas: [
    'schemas'
  ],
  userName: 'userName',
  name: {
    givenName: 'givenName',
    familyName: 'familyName'
  },
  emails: [
    'octocat@github.com'
  ]
})

Default response

Status: 201 Created
{
  "schemas": [
    "urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:core:2.0:User"
  ],
  "id": "edefdfedf-050c-11e7-8d32",
  "externalId": "a7d0f98382",
  "userName": "mona.octocat@okta.example.com",
  "name": {
    "givenName": "Mona",
    "familyName": "Octocat"
  },
  "emails": [
    {
      "value": "mona.octocat@okta.example.com",
      "type": "work",
      "primary": true
    }
  ],
  "active": true,
  "meta": {
    "resourceType": "User",
    "created": "2017-03-09T16:11:13-05:00",
    "lastModified": "2017-03-09T16:11:13-05:00",
    "location": "https://api.github.com/scim/v2/organizations/octo-org/Users/edefdfedf-050c-11e7-8d32"
  }
}

Notes


get /scim/v2/organizations/{org}/Users/{scim_user_id}

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

org string path
scim_user_id string path

Identifier generated by the GitHub SCIM endpoint.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://api.github.com/scim/v2/organizations/ORG/Users/SCIM_USER_ID
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('GET /scim/v2/organizations/{org}/Users/{scim_user_id}', {
  org: 'org',
  scim_user_id: 'scim_user_id'
})

Default response

Status: 200 OK
{
  "schemas": [
    "urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:core:2.0:User"
  ],
  "id": "edefdfedf-050c-11e7-8d32",
  "externalId": "a7d0f98382",
  "userName": "mona.octocat@okta.example.com",
  "name": {
    "givenName": "Mona",
    "familyName": "Octocat"
  },
  "emails": [
    {
      "value": "mona.octocat@okta.example.com",
      "type": "work",
      "primary": true
    }
  ],
  "active": true,
  "meta": {
    "resourceType": "User",
    "created": "2017-03-09T16:11:13-05:00",
    "lastModified": "2017-03-09T16:11:13-05:00",
    "location": "https://api.github.com/scim/v2/organizations/octo-org/Users/edefdfedf-050c-11e7-8d32"
  }
}

Notes


Set SCIM information for a provisioned user

Replaces an existing provisioned user's information. You must provide all the information required for the user as if you were provisioning them for the first time. Any existing user information that you don't provide will be removed. If you want to only update a specific attribute, use the Update an attribute for a SCIM user endpoint instead.

You must at least provide the required values for the user: userName, name, and emails.

Warning: Setting active: false removes the user from the organization, deletes the external identity, and deletes the associated {scim_user_id}.

put /scim/v2/organizations/{org}/Users/{scim_user_id}

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

org string path
scim_user_id string path

Identifier generated by the GitHub SCIM endpoint.

schemas array of strings body

Required. The SCIM schema URIs.

userName string body

Required. The username for the user.

name object body

Required. undefined

Properties of the name object

givenName (string)

Required. The first name of the user.

familyName (string)

Required. The last name of the user.

emails array of objects body

Required. List of user emails.

Properties of the emails items

value (string)

Required. The email address.

type (string)

Required. The type of email address.

primary (boolean)

Required. Whether this email address is the primary address.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -X PUT \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://api.github.com/scim/v2/organizations/ORG/Users/SCIM_USER_ID \
  -d '{"schemas":["schemas"],"userName":"userName","name":{"givenName":"givenName","familyName":"familyName"},"emails":["octocat@github.com"]}'
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('PUT /scim/v2/organizations/{org}/Users/{scim_user_id}', {
  org: 'org',
  scim_user_id: 'scim_user_id',
  schemas: [
    'schemas'
  ],
  userName: 'userName',
  name: {
    givenName: 'givenName',
    familyName: 'familyName'
  },
  emails: [
    'octocat@github.com'
  ]
})

Default response

Status: 200 OK
{
  "schemas": [
    "urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:core:2.0:User"
  ],
  "id": "edefdfedf-050c-11e7-8d32",
  "externalId": "a7d0f98382",
  "userName": "mona.octocat@okta.example.com",
  "name": {
    "givenName": "Mona",
    "familyName": "Octocat"
  },
  "emails": [
    {
      "value": "mona.octocat@okta.example.com",
      "type": "work",
      "primary": true
    }
  ],
  "active": true,
  "meta": {
    "resourceType": "User",
    "created": "2017-03-09T16:11:13-05:00",
    "lastModified": "2017-03-09T16:11:13-05:00",
    "location": "https://api.github.com/scim/v2/organizations/octo-org/Users/edefdfedf-050c-11e7-8d32"
  }
}

Notes


Update an attribute for a SCIM user

Allows you to change a provisioned user's individual attributes. To change a user's values, you must provide a specific Operations JSON format that contains at least one of the add, remove, or replace operations. For examples and more information on the SCIM operations format, see the SCIM specification.

Note: Complicated SCIM path selectors that include filters are not supported. For example, a path selector defined as "path": "emails[type eq \"work\"]" will not work.

Warning: If you set active:false using the replace operation (as shown in the JSON example below), it removes the user from the organization, deletes the external identity, and deletes the associated :scim_user_id.

{
  "Operations":[{
    "op":"replace",
    "value":{
      "active":false
    }
  }]
}
patch /scim/v2/organizations/{org}/Users/{scim_user_id}

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

org string path
scim_user_id string path

Identifier generated by the GitHub SCIM endpoint.

schemas array of strings body

Required. The SCIM schema URIs.

Operations array of objects body

Required. Array of SCIM operations.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -X PATCH \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://api.github.com/scim/v2/organizations/ORG/Users/SCIM_USER_ID \
  -d '{"schemas":["schemas"],"Operations":[{}]}'
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('PATCH /scim/v2/organizations/{org}/Users/{scim_user_id}', {
  org: 'org',
  scim_user_id: 'scim_user_id',
  schemas: [
    'schemas'
  ],
  Operations: [
    {}
  ]
})

Default response

Status: 200 OK
{
  "schemas": [
    "urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:core:2.0:User"
  ],
  "id": "edefdfedf-050c-11e7-8d32",
  "externalId": "a7d0f98382",
  "userName": "mona.octocat@okta.example.com",
  "name": {
    "givenName": "Monalisa",
    "familyName": "Octocat"
  },
  "emails": [
    {
      "value": "mona.octocat@okta.example.com",
      "type": "work",
      "primary": true
    },
    {
      "value": "monalisa@octocat.github.com",
      "type": "home"
    }
  ],
  "active": true,
  "meta": {
    "resourceType": "User",
    "created": "2017-03-09T16:11:13-05:00",
    "lastModified": "2017-03-09T16:11:13-05:00",
    "location": "https://api.github.com/scim/v2/organizations/octo-org/Users/edefdfedf-050c-11e7-8d32"
  }
}

Notes


delete /scim/v2/organizations/{org}/Users/{scim_user_id}

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

org string path
scim_user_id string path

Identifier generated by the GitHub SCIM endpoint.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -X DELETE \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://api.github.com/scim/v2/organizations/ORG/Users/SCIM_USER_ID
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('DELETE /scim/v2/organizations/{org}/Users/{scim_user_id}', {
  org: 'org',
  scim_user_id: 'scim_user_id'
})

Default Response

Status: 204 No Content

Notes


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