Is Confluence Data Center required to get SSO?

Am I correctly interpreting the latest Confluence announcement that Atlassian will require customers to take on the additional cost and complexity of the Data Center edition to get SSO functionality?

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No.  There are several ways of doing SSO, and I don't believe that any of them are going away.  What announcement are you looking at?

Ah, yes, that's been on the plan for a while.  It's not "require DC for SSO", it's "adding SSO natively to DC, so you don't have to use one of the other non-native methods"


The announcement is this one ? 

SSO in Confluence is not an out of box functionality without Crowd, you need to write your own custom authenticator or use an existing : 
But yes, with Confluence Data Center, there is a free add-on (by Atlassian) for SSO functionality : 


We have an add-on that supports the whole Atlassian portefolio (JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket, Bamboo and FisheEye/Crucible)

You have the option to authenticate using Kerberos or SAML (or in combination) and there is no need for any modification on your applications.

We support SSO on JIRA mobile, service desk, auto user creation etc. 

Have a look at 

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at

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