Adding and managing SAML identity providers in a user pool - Amazon Cognito
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Adding and managing SAML identity providers in a user pool

The following procedures demonstrate how to create, modify, and delete SAML providers in an Amazon Cognito user pool.

Amazon Web Services Management Console

You can use the Amazon Web Services Management Console to create and delete SAML identity providers (IdPs).

Before you create a SAML IdP, you must have the SAML metadata document that you get from the third-party IdP. For instructions on how to get or generate the required SAML metadata document, see Configuring your third-party SAML identity provider.

To configure a SAML 2.0 IdP in your user pool
  1. Go to the Amazon Cognito console. If prompted, enter your Amazon credentials.

  2. Choose User Pools.

  3. Choose an existing user pool from the list, or create a user pool.

  4. Choose the Sign-in experience tab. Locate Federated sign-in and choose Add an identity provider.

  5. Choose a SAML IdP.

  6. Enter a Provider name. You can pass this friendly name in an identity_provider request parameter to the Authorize endpoint.

  7. Enter Identifiers separated by commas. An identifier tells Amazon Cognito it should check the email address a user enters when they sign in, and then direct them to the provider that corresponds to their domain.

  8. Choose Add sign-out flow if you want Amazon Cognito to send signed sign-out requests to your provider when a user logs out. You must configure your SAML 2.0 IdP to send sign-out responses to the endpoint that is created when you configure the hosted UI. The saml2/logout endpoint uses POST binding.


    If this option is selected and your SAML IdP expects a signed logout request, you must also provide your SAML IdP with the signing certificate from your user pool.

    The SAML IdP will process the signed logout request and sign out your user from the Amazon Cognito session.

  9. Choose your IdP-initiated SAML sign-in configuration. As a security best practice, choose Accept SP-initiated SAML assertions only. If you have prepared your environment to securely accept unsolicited SAML sign-in sessions, choose Accept SP-initiated and IdP-initiated SAML assertions. For more information, see SAML session initiation in Amazon Cognito user pools.

  10. Choose a Metadata document source. If your IdP offers SAML metadata at a public URL, you can choose Metadata document URL and enter that public URL. Otherwise, choose Upload metadata document and select a metadata file you downloaded from your provider earlier.


    We recommend that you enter a metadata document URL if your provider has a public endpoint instead of uploading a file. Amazon Cognito automatically refreshes metadata from the metadata URL. Typically, metadata refresh happens every 6 hours or before the metadata expires, whichever is earlier.

  11. Map attributes between your SAML provider and your user pool to map SAML provider attributes to the user profile in your user pool. Include your user pool required attributes in your attribute map.

    For example, when you choose User pool attribute email, enter the SAML attribute name as it appears in the SAML assertion from your IdP. If your IdP offers sample SAML assertions, you can use these sample assertions to help you to find the name. Some IdPs use simple names, such as email, while others use names like the following.
  12. Choose Create.


Use the following commands to create and manage a SAML identity provider (IdP).

To create an IdP and upload a metadata document
  • Amazon CLI: aws cognito-idp create-identity-provider

    Example with metadata file: aws cognito-idp create-identity-provider --user-pool-id us-east-1_EXAMPLE --provider-name=SAML_provider_1 --provider-type SAML --provider-details file:///details.json --attribute-mapping email=

    Where details.json contains:

    "ProviderDetails": { "MetadataFile": "<SAML metadata XML>", "IDPSignout" : "true", "RequestSigningAlgorithm" : "rsa-sha256", "EncryptedResponses" : "true", "IDPInit" : "true" }

    If the <SAML metadata XML> contains any instances of the character ", you must add \ as an escape character: \".

    Example with metadata URL: aws cognito-idp create-identity-provider --user-pool-id us-east-1_EXAMPLE --provider-name=SAML_provider_1 --provider-type SAML --provider-details MetadataURL= --attribute-mapping email=

  • Amazon API: CreateIdentityProvider

To upload a new metadata document for an IdP
  • Amazon CLI: aws cognito-idp update-identity-provider

    Example with metadata file: aws cognito-idp update-identity-provider --user-pool-id us-east-1_EXAMPLE --provider-name=SAML_provider_1 --provider-details file:///details.json --attribute-mapping email=

    Where details.json contains:

    "ProviderDetails": { "MetadataFile": "<SAML metadata XML>", "IDPSignout" : "true", "RequestSigningAlgorithm" : "rsa-sha256", "EncryptedResponses" : "true", "IDPInit" : "true" }

    If the <SAML metadata XML> contains any instances of the character ", you must add \ as an escape character: \".

    Example with metadata URL: aws cognito-idp update-identity-provider --user-pool-id us-east-1_EXAMPLE --provider-name=SAML_provider_1 --provider-details MetadataURL= --attribute-mapping email=

  • Amazon API: UpdateIdentityProvider

To get information about a specific IdP
  • Amazon CLI: aws cognito-idp describe-identity-provider

    aws cognito-idp describe-identity-provider --user-pool-id us-east-1_EXAMPLE --provider-name=SAML_provider_1

  • Amazon API: DescribeIdentityProvider

To list information about all IdPs
  • Amazon CLI: aws cognito-idp list-identity-providers

    Example: aws cognito-idp list-identity-providers --user-pool-id us-east-1_EXAMPLE --max-results 3

  • Amazon API: ListIdentityProviders

To delete an IdP
  • Amazon CLI: aws cognito-idp delete-identity-provider

    aws cognito-idp delete-identity-provider --user-pool-id us-east-1_EXAMPLE --provider-name=SAML_provider_1

  • Amazon API: DeleteIdentityProvider

To set up the SAML IdP to add a user pool as a relying party
  • The user pools service provider URN is: urn:amazon:cognito:sp:us-east-1_EXAMPLE. Amazon Cognito requires an audience restriction value that matches this URN in the SAML response. Configure your IdP to use the following POST binding endpoint for the IdP-to-SP response message.
  • Your SAML IdP must populate NameID and any required attributes for your user pool in the SAML assertion. NameID is used for uniquely identifying your SAML federated user in the user pool. Your IdP must pass each user’s SAML name ID in a consistent, case-sensitive format. Any variation in the value of a user's name ID creates a new user profile.

To provide a signing certificate to your SAML 2.0 IDP
  • To download a copy of the the public key from Amazon Cognito that your IdP can use to validate SAML logout requests, choose the Sign-in experience tab of your user pool, select your IdP, and under View signing certificate, select Download as .crt.

You can delete any SAML provider you have set up in your user pool with the Amazon Cognito console.

To delete a SAML provider
  1. Sign in to the Amazon Cognito console.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose User Pools, and choose the user pool you want to edit.

  3. Choose the Sign-in experience tab and locate Federated identity provider sign-in.

  4. Select the radio button next to the SAML IdPs you wish to delete.

  5. When you are prompted to Delete identity provider, enter the name of the SAML provider to confirm deletion, and then choose Delete.