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Setting up SSO for service desk customers? Edited

we have performed your workaround by giving all service desk customer jira account with no application access.

Eg. When a user browsers to a service desk portal url such as

without being logged in. They are redirected to the service desk login page.

We have jira SSO integration with OKTA, but in order for the user to be logged in they need to be redirect to How can we redirect them back to their initial url after redirecting them to which logs them in automatically ?

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Hi @Avinash Singh

Which SSO solution (addon?) are you using?
SAML SSO addons to JSD can utilize users sessions or the relay state attribute in the SAML messages to store the target URL and do a a final redirection to it.

Jon Espen
Kantega SSO


We are not using any market place addon. We are using the SSO integration provided by Okta. See attached image for the setup.





Hi @Avinash Singh ,


You need to add the URLs of the customer portal in the <oktaProtectedURL> tab in the okta-config-jira.xml so that Okta will use SAML authentication for URLs matching in the tag and if you need any further assistance with this, I recommend you to contact OKTA Support directly.


Also, there are multiple third-party SAML SSO apps for JIRA and JIRA Service Desk are available in the Atlassian marketplace which can enable to SAML SSO for both JIRA and Custom Portal without changing any of the files in the JIRA Server and provide an option to manage all the configuration from JIRA Admin dashboard.


Here is one of the SAML Plugin and its step-by-step guide to configure the plugin with OKTA for SAML SSO.



Step-by-step docs:


Feel free to reach out to miniOrange Support in case if you need any assistance with the configuration.




I work for the miniOrange, one of the top SSO vendor in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Thanks Lokesh - I will check out these options.

I have been in contact with Okta and Atlassian regarding this issue and their responses is that Jira Service Desk does not support SSO.

Adding the services desk url to the <oktaProtectedURL>  does not do anything to redirect users to login.



Like Yevgen Lasman _Cprime_ likes this

Hi @Avinash Singh ,


Make sure, you have JIRA Service Desk supported version of the OKTA JIRA Authenticator jar file. 

Please check the link below for compatibility of the OKTA JIRA Authenticator with your service desk.

Adding the services desk URL to the <oktaProtectedURL>  does not do anything to redirect users to login.

==> Make sure custom portal URL is not configured in the <spUrls> tag of the okta-config-jira.xml file.




Hi @Lokesh Naktode  @Avinash Singh ,


I'm noticing the same issue in my instance now. 

What was the fix?

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