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Okta SSO to Confluence Cloud - Existing Users

We are planning to integrate our Confluence Cloud site with our Okta SSO. We want to make sure that existing users that are logging in with the Native Confluence authentication are properly mapped to their new Okta accounts. We also do not want ALL users who access Confluence to require an Okta login. Only a certain group of users.


  • Will turning on Okta SSO for Confluence require that ALL users need an Okta account or can we maintain a group of SSO users and a group who log in with native authentication?
  • Can existing user accounts in Confluence be mapped to an Okta user identity so we do not have a problem with duplicate accounts or orphaned content ownership?


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1. When you turn on Okta SSO, all users which get imported will require an Okta sign-in. Once you create the SSO, all your directory with synced used will require Okta to sign in, but they will not be kicked out of their native authentication yet. So everybody will remain logged in and the SSO transition will be seamless.

2. Yes, they can be mapped. Please bear in mind that anybody with a main account and an alias in Confluence will need to manually be mapped. (Example: is their primary Okta email but their Confluence account is mapped to Then they need to be manually mapped in Okta to their, otherwise the SSO will instantly create a second duplicated account and trust me, there will be a lot of confusion around it!)

Anybody who you manually invite in Confluence via the Admin panel can still log in with email/password, since there is no way to enforce SSO in Atlassian. 

I haven't had any problem inviting external contractors to our domain. 

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