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Okta is a popular identity provider used by businesses of all sizes. Integrating Pomerium with Okta allows you to use the identity Okta provides to apply context-driven policies from Pomerium to your infrastructure.

This page covers configuring Okta to communicate with Pomerium as an IdP. It assumes you have already installed Pomerium before you begin.


While we do our best to keep our documentation up to date, changes to third-party systems are outside our control. Refer to Create an Okta app Integration from Okta's developer docs as needed, or let us know if we need to re-visit this page.

Create OpenID Connect Application

  1. Log in to your Okta account From the left-hand menu, Select Applications → Applications on the top menu.

    Okta Applications Dashboard

  2. Click the Create App Integration button. Select OIDC as the sign-in method. and Web Application as the application type:

    Okta new app integration modal

    Click Next to continue.

  3. Provide the following information for your application settings:

    NameThe name of your application.
    Grant type allowedYou must enable Refresh Token.
    Base URIsOptional: The domain(s) of your application.
    Sign-in redirect URIsRedirect URL (e.g.https://${authenticate_service_url}/oauth2/callback).
    Controlled AccessThe user groups that can sign in to this application. See Group ID for more information.

    Okta Create Application Settings

    Click Save to proceed. You'll be taken to the General tab of your app.

  4. From the General tab, scroll down to the Client Credentials section. This section contains the Client ID and Client Secret. Temporarily save these values to apply to the Pomerium configuration.

    Okta Client ID and Secret

Create Service account

Next, we'll create API token so that Pomerium can retrieve and establish group membership.

  1. From the main menu, navigate to Security → API. Select the Tokens tab, and click the Create Token button. Name the token, then save the value to apply to our Pomerium configuration:

    Okta api token

  2. The API token will be provided as the value of the idp_service_account key, formatted as a base64-encoded JSON document::

    "api_key": "XXXXXXXXXX"

    You can save the object as a temporary file to encode:

    cat tmp.json | base64 -w 0

Configure Pomerium

Finally, configure Pomerium with the identity provider settings retrieved in the previous steps. Your environmental variables should look something like this.

idp_provider: "okta"
idp_provider_url: ""
idp_client_id: "REPLACE ME"
idp_client_secret: "REPLACE ME"
idp_service_account: "REPLACE ME" # base64 encoded JSON object