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Single Sign On (SSO): Configuring Multiple Identity Providers and Transitioning Metadata

The Jira Align SAML 2.0 IdP (Identity Provider) initiated SSO Solution can support multiple identity providers as needed.  The following article will cover how to support multiple identity providers and how to transition to a new identity provider or make general modifications to the identity provider metadata.


Supporting Multiple Identity Providers or Multiple Configurations from a Single Identity Provider

  1. Configure your first Identity Provider SSO Solution as per and
  2. Create a second set of IdP metadata in your original IdP or an additional IdP
  3. Navigate to Jira Align Admin > Platform > Security > Click “Add SAML Provider” and paste in the 2nd set of metadata



  • The “Sign in URL” field will be grayed out until “Disable Manual Sign In” is set to Yes.  It is recommended to validate SSO configurations before setting “Disable Manual Sign In” to Yes
  • Jira Align only supports a single “Sign in URL” redirect which means users will need to navigate directly to the sign in URL of additional IdP configurations.  A good technique for doing this is users adding the additional IdP configuration sign in URLs to their browser favorites.


Transitioning Metadata for Updates (accounting for the to domain change).

Option 1:

  1. Have your SSO engineer create a new SAML 2.0 SSO configuration in your IdP utilizing your new site URL as the Entity ID and Assertion Consumer Service Location. 
  2. If the original Entity ID and Assertion Consumer Service Location you utilized for SSO was the new value for Entity ID and Assertion Consumer Service Location would be  Ensure that the SAML signature policy is set to sign both the Response and Assertion. 
  3. Copy the newly created Jira Align IdP metadata and navigate to Jira Align Admin > Platform > Security > Click “Add SAML Provider” and paste in the newly created Jira Align metadata
  4. Validate the newly created Jira Align domain SSO configuration using the sign in URL from your identity provider
  5. When ready to transition replace the * “Sign in URL” under Jira Align Admin > Platform > Security with the newly created sign in URL. 
  6. Revalidate the SSO solution and remove the original * metadata from Jira Align Admin > Platform > Security

 Option 2:

  1. Have your SSO engineer update the existing SSO SAML configuration by replacing the Entity ID and Assertion Consumer Service Location URL with the domain
  2. Validate the SSO solution now authenticates into the domain

Notes: If Manual login is disabled and SSO is reconfigured to the domain name, any links to the domain such as Jira weblinks or links within email notifications will only work if your SSO solution has a proper relay state configured.  The Jira Align team is currently working on a solution to mass update Jira weblinks.  In the meantime customers can request a redirect from the to the domain after re-configuring their SSO solution in case of any legacy links.  


Hi @Tim Keyes this article is using imgur. Could the image hosting be updated on this one please? Many thx

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Tim Keyes Atlassian Team Oct 21, 2020

Hi @Karalee Kikiros

Thank you for the note.  I hope all is going well!

I have updated the image hosting on the article.  The rest of the articles should be good to go, but please reach out if you encounter another one.


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