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Confluence Data Center REST API with SAML Auth

Doug Strick Mar 12, 2019

We're currently looking into upgrading to Confluence Data Center to get SAML auth so we can use our SSO provider for 2FA. One area of concern is how the REST API may be impacted since we have automated processes using service accounts to access the app. Can anyone confirm if the REST API still functions behind SAML auth?

The docs make no mention of an oauth endpoint like JIRA offers. Also came across CONFSERVER-54412 which states it's a known issue, but no ETA when or if it'll be implemented.

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Daniel Eads Atlassian Team Mar 14, 2019

Hey Doug,

The REST API will still function just fine behind SAML without having to add OAuth or other measures to your calls. Basic auth on the API URLs will bypass SAML.

We do have this documented on the configuration page (see screenshot) but you're right that this isn't obvious from the documentation online, and that is different from Jira! Here's the SAML configuration page within Confluence Data Center:

SAML_Authentication.png

Thank you for pointing this out so we can clear up the confusion. And you should be good to go with your existing API calls once you make the jump to Data Center.

Cheers,
Daniel | Atlassian Support

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