ThoughtSpot integrates with SAML for authentication.

You can use ThoughtSpot’s integration with SAML for user authentication. By default, local authentication is enabled. You can also configure a SAML integration with an external Identity Provider (IdP), allowing your ThoughtSpot users to log in using one of the supported Identity Providers.

Popular Identity Providers that ThoughtSpot supports include Okta, Azure Active Directory, PingFederate, Microsoft AD FS, and Onelogin. This is not an exhaustive list. To determine if ThoughtSpot supports your preferred IdP, talk to your ThoughtSpot contact.

After you complete the SAML configuration in ThoughtSpot that this article describes, refer to your Identity Provider’s SAML documentation for specific information on setting up SAML with that IdP.

You can configure the SAML integration through the Admin Console.

Navigate to the Admin Console by clicking on the Admin tab from the top navigation bar. Select SAML from the side navigation bar that appears.

Admin Console - SAML

Click the Configure button in the middle of the screen.

Configure SAML

Fill in the following parameters:

  1. ThoughtSpot Service Address: A fully qualified and resolvable domain name for the ThoughtSpot service. For example, thoughtspot.thoughtspot-customer.com.
  2. Port: Port of the server where your ThoughtSpot instance is running. For example, port 443.
  3. Unique Service Name: The unique key used by your Identity Provider to identify the client. For example, urn:thoughtspot:callosum:saml.
  4. Skew Time in Seconds: The allowed skew time, after which the authentication response is rejected and sent back from the IDP. 86400 is a popular choice. The default is 3600.
  5. Protocol: The authentication mechanism for ThoughtSpot. For example, http or https.
  6. IdP Metadata XML File: The absolute path to your Identity Provider’s metadata file. This file is provided by your IdP. You need this file so that the configuration persists over upgrades. It is a best practice to set it up on persistent/HA storage (NAS volumes) or in the same absolute path on all nodes in the cluster. For example, idp-meta.xml.

  7. Automatically add SAML users to ThoughtSpot upon first authentication: Choose whether or not to add SAML users to ThoughtSpot when they first authenticate. If you choose ‘yes’, then new users will be automatically created in ThoughtSpot upon first successful SSO login. If you choose ‘no’, then SAML users will not be added in ThoughtSpot upon first successful SSO login. Instead, you must add users manually.

After you fill in all parameters, click OK.

Additional resources

As you develop your expertise in authentication and security, we recommend the following ThoughtSpot U course:

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